HuskyPup - 11:17 am on Feb 18, 2013 (gmt 0)
because I was thinkin "No. What would be really neat is if you just told people what to do to rank #1 so we could all do it instead of puttin clues for people to try and find and figure out how to follow all over the place."
Personally no, I don't want Google to tell anyone how to rank #1, the SERPs are a big enough mess now, just imagine if there were hundreds/thousands of sites in every niche ALL implementing precisely the same/similar strategies?
Then you would see even more complaining with people saying "I've done precisely what you said and so has my competitor however why is he ranking above me?"
I have no problem with the algorithm per se, I know what is required to construct authority pages and for them to normally rank well and Google's given enough information in the past on how to do this, what I have a problem with, and this is Google's major challenge, is that they built the world's biggest spamming engine and they let it get out of control and now they're trying to reign it back in by attempting to get rid of spammers/scrapers/duplicates/garbage meanwhile trying to keep up-to-date with all the new news and sites that are being launched every day.
Sure, there is bound to be innocent collateral damge, friendly fire, call it what you like, and I've had sites on the receiving end of it so don't think I've been immune to it, nonetheless it is going to take time. Panda and Penguin must be extremely complicated otherwise we would see them run more often and as to whether it will ever defeat the majority of scrapers I very much doubt it since some of them are so well-ensconced in the SERPs even Google itself seems to believe that they are the original!