AlyssaS - 7:35 pm on Apr 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
Could it be that this update IGNORES some TLDs? Check this out - Google 'Make Money Online' right now and you find this in Canada - makemoneyforbeginners.blogspot.ca/
I'm linking that because it's a top 5 result but the page has ZERO content. I believe it's ranking because it's on the Blogspot service which means it's getting a free pass?
It's actually nothing to do with it being blogspot. That particular blog was very popular and very famous till G got annoyed with it's owner and took it away from him in 2010.
Here's the story:
I believe some other person then nabbed the domain but didn't do anything with it, not understanding just what they had picked up...
Anomalies like this are great for what they reveal about G. Clearly this update has nothing to do with on-page issues at all and is all about backlinks. Some backlinks have been discarded because they are "webspam" but others have survived, even though they too are webspam.