randle - 5:32 pm on Jun 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
It seems to me that if Google's worked SO HARD to end spam and we're still finding a lot of it at the top, then they might want to reconsider their entire strategy.
The fixation they have on ridding the results of sites they define as being unworthy has become their own personal white whale - its consuming them and that obsession is forcing most web masters to alter their own personal visions for the web sites they build. Admit it, most sites are built and maintained with Google rankings as the driving force.
10 years ago their were a lot more sites that did rank higher than they deserved through pure reverse engineered seo - but overall the results produced much better and interesting fruit than they do now. There was far more diversity, and much more purely hobby, and informational gems to be found.
This isn't the state of the internet right now thankfully, but watching Captain Cutts steer the Pequod after web masters that have tasked him so egregiously is the current state of search unfortunately.