backdraft7 - 8:35 pm on Dec 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
For those recently reporting poor quality SERPs, is this a change for that query phrase - something new and therefore a potential sign that a recent update went wrong?
Not sure I understand your question tedster...do you mean that any change is assumed by some to be erroneous? I think it just means an update is passing by...
One thing is for sure, the common reports received through these threads definitely makes me feel a little better about this fluxed situation. At least we know it's happening across the board. Thanks for sharing.
A lot of people are reporting both ups and downs. I think if we currently put the ups in one basket and the downs in the other, the downs would be your well maintained, bread & butter sites. The ups are mostly trashy, thin, spammy or even unmaintained sites.
I have my own barometers to measure the passing waves of serps. One old standby is a poorly, wait NEVER maintained EMD, 1 page affiliate site I built years ago. It is currently seeing the full seasonal upswing and is actually producing great affiliate conversions. On the other hand, my bread & butter mainstay site is again getting clobbered, perhaps a little more with each passing serp wave.
So, what does that tell you?
Sumpthin's busted or rolling out, take your pick.