incrediBILL - 8:19 pm on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: incrediBILL at 8:25 pm (utc) on Oct 1, 2012]
This thing reeks of a classic over optimization penalty - the whole things pretty unfortunate, another ill conceived stab at improving the quality of their results by using a broad brush to penalize a type of site they think is "low quality", instead of concentrating on scoring the "quality" sites higher, and letting the weaker ones fall to a natural death. (which technique do you think is easier to accomplish?)
I think they do both all the time. While attempting to raise quality sites you also need to push low quality sites down to eliminate a level of noise.
Obviously their approach isn't perfect and some of the collateral damage being done is just as ugly as Panda and Penguin making many unhappy but those that take their places are probably quite pleased.
Right now I am more interested in discussing the changes this so called EMD update has produced.
We all are but my point was simply that those hit hardest should reevaluate their long term strategy which is perfectly a valid point.
I won't be tossing any of my EMDs just because Google doesn't like them and I definitely won't be reacting to the change until they perform an update. At this point flailing in the dark without seeing the big picture of what Google is attempting to accomplish could cause more harm than good when they tweak the EMD update IMO.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 8:25 pm (utc) on Oct 1, 2012]