robdwoods - 4:22 pm on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
Some people must have improved - who are they
I'll chime in. I improved over the period since the update and the site is definitely an EMD/PMD. I can't attribute it directly to the update however as not all of the sites I have passed in the rankings are EMDs or PMDs. There were a lot of other things going on with the site at the same time including on-site optimization, new content, and some 301s so there were a lot of moving parts.
I'm not afraid of speaking up and getting smacked by the next update. If you ARE afraid of speaking up because you might get hit by the next update my advice would be to start fixing your site now. Do you think you could actually speak up about something that Google doesn't already know and already have in their sights for a future update? There are no tactics Google doesn't know about, just ones they haven't dealt with yet.
I guarantee that if you are using a tactic that currently works but which Google doesn't intend to work, they WILL come after that tactic. The only question is when. Either make hay while the sun shines and accept it when they finally catch up to the tactic, or change your ways now.