armondhammer - 3:21 pm on May 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
I keep seeing sites "recover" in my segment, in that new sites are jumping into the rankings. I've seen a site get banned, 301 to a new domain, and just resume the rank. I see even crap hacking attempts ranking. For one of them it only returns the header when you view it with googlebot, which is of course keyword stuffed.
I'd say that blackhats are having their day. The dark spaces are even darker than before the update.
Perhaps foolishly I'm just maintaining my strategy. Beyond reason I can't believe that Google will continue to allow these blatant exploits and we'll improve. We haven't exactly been hit, but I do see plenty of garbage above us. Perhaps the one glimmer that Matt posted an "example email to a hacked site" on April 27. They have to know it's a real problem right now.
It's frustrating to see it do the exact opposite of "rewarding excellent quality sites"