ColourOfSpring - 6:52 pm on May 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
What I'm seeing on all my queries is that the recognizable brands are all at the top, and THEN you get to the independent sites and blogs. It's as if there are two separate SERPs, and if you're #1 for the independent sites, you'll still rank below the brands. Where I'm seeing this, there is NO mixing of the two - the brands stop at some point, and the indies begin.
The only exceptions are the lower volume keyphrases. On those, independent websites can rank amongst the brands, even over them.
Is anyone else seeing a distinct pattern of higher volume keyphrases being reserved for brands first, almost like two entirely separate SERPs for "brands" and "indies"?
Seeing it too, diberry, but even on longish-tail keywords now too. Competitive keywords? It's a who's who of big brands - just as you see it. No independents til the searcher has to plough through clusters of big brands.
Since Penguin 2.0, crowd hosting / clustering is a lot worse in the SERPs I check.
I don't care how innocent some people think Google's intentions are - there's OBVIOUSLY ulterior motives going on here with Google. We can argue what they might be, but there certainly are motives Google have that are beyond the conventional thinking of producing quality SERPs.