crobb305 - 2:43 pm on Sep 10, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: crobb305 at 2:54 pm (utc) on Sep 10, 2012]
crobb I know the exact website you're talking about. Many of those websites are in fact owned by the same person. Nothing but links from unrelated website on .ru domains and others.
It's really bad. But, Google could have done an update two months ago. Rather, they want to string webmasters along for over 4 months and leave consumers with these dangerous results. Unfortunately, I don't think there is a big motivation to improve/change the current index. The quality sites that I have seen tank will probably not come back. What will come back are more newly-registered domains, with fake ratings, and .ru backlinks, along with more press releases.
Google hasn't successfully attacked spam. What they did was catch the easy stuff that might deserve a slap on the wrist and nothing more... legitimate websites that have been around for years that have attracted a large and diverse backlink profile, too much of which is being tagged as "unnatural". Google needs to let age, trust, and reputation count for something...and go after the REAL spammers. That's what will deserve fist pumping and high fives. Not the easy stuff that was all a waste of everyone's time.
[edited by: crobb305 at 2:54 pm (utc) on Sep 10, 2012]