superclown2 - 2:49 pm on May 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm not seeing much improvement in the SERPs for relevance. My sites have recovered slightly but it is still alarming that so many poor quality sites are ranking high when these updates were specifically released to remove low quality. Google has definitely not reached that goal and IMO has created the exact opposite effect.
As I understand it the update was designed to penalise over-optimised sites rather than to remove low quality ones; I rather think that Google assumed that low quality and over-optimised were the same thing. The problem is that a lot of highly optimised ones are valuable web resources rather than just spam junk. Google has thrown the baby out with the bathwater.
Personally my earnings have stayed pretty much the same because I have a good mix of sites, some very good, some not so good, some bad. The bad ones are now bringing home the bacon. Why? Because they turned out to be so poor that I never optimised them; in some cases never even finished them. Meanwhile well written sites (both mine and competitors') which were a real help to visitors have disappeared because the link building efforts of the webmasters concerned were too successful. This is how logic works in Googleland .........