diberry - 3:21 pm on Feb 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
LOL @ 1990 typo - I was scratching my head there, too.
I have to strongly agree that spam has never stopped working, and suggest that we need to question everything Google tells us about SEO and ranking.
I recently talked to someone who believes the way to overcome/avoid Penguin and Panda is to use improved tools for article spinning and pagerank manipulation. He runs a startup that actually makes real money with a link farm network and no original, fresh content, and they have not been harmed by the zoo animals. He anticipates they might, and this is why he's making his auto-tools more sophisticated.
That's who's making money out there. Aside from the sites that can actually afford to pay writers and photographers to generate really quality stuff.
This person actually has a friend at Demand Media, too (Ehow). He's trying to mimic what they're doing, only on an extremely low budget with no paid writers at all. It's just content farming, the thing Google came out against years ago, but obviously they're not all that against it. This guy I talked to feels that the zoo animals are strictly excuses for Google to get rid of people they see as a threat to their business model... which as we all recently learned, now involves scraping other sites' content and using it in Knowledge Graph the way they got away with scraping Yelp results for Google Places. Ditto on the new image search. A year ago, I would have written this guy off as paranoid. Now... I'm still not convinced, but his position seems a lot more plausible to me. If you're already a de facto monopoly, how do you grow your business? All you can do is kill off even more competition.