diberry - 3:27 pm on Jun 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Problem is, the state of the internet DOES include the fact that Google is changing in ways that are unprecedented and in many cases inexplicable to those effected.
While it's true there is no point in JUST complaining/venting, it's helpful to identify these changes and discuss what they mean to us. And to get a consensus.
I think Google wants to disable SEO, and SEO/BH spammers are fighting back hard, and many of us are casualties in somebody else's war. That is to say: I don't think Google is out to destroy anyone's online business (why bother? Small businesses fail at a high rate at the best of times). I think they ARE out to make it so SEOs/BHs can't backward engineer the algo, and that is making it really hard for honest white hat webmasters to figure out how to rank.
But where it LOOKS like Google is either out to get us is when webmasters get outranked by their own scraped content, and stuff that egregious. But is that happening because Google is lousy, or because the SEOs and spammers are pretty bright people too, and they are fighting back hard?
As for the prominence of Adwords over the organic serps... I am totally sympathetic to those of you harmed by this, but... duh? It's their bread and butter, what did you expect? You can either build your sites around phrases that attract fewer ads, or start buying ads. Should the governments intervene? Maybe. Should public opinion hurt Google in the wake of PRISM? Maybe. But the reality is, Google is doing well WITH crappy SERPs, and that's the environment we have to try to survive/thrive in.