EditorialGuy - 3:18 pm on Jul 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
The new average user actually expects Google to only include QUALITY businesses and tradespeople they can TRUST, apparently thinking that someone on this earth would create a free service that actually thoroughly investigates businesses to make sure they are reputable.
There is just no way the old algo can keep up with this. It's like an operating system that's 10 years old - you can patch it 500 times a year, but it would still be better to go back to the drawing board and start all over again.
As I've suggested before, maybe that's one of the reasons why Google is starting to let ads dominate its commercial search results. Before the era of online retail, shoppers were happy to find stores, offers, etc. through advertising (such as display ads, classified ads, and Yellow Pages). Over time, as shoppers become more accustomed to relying on search ads for retail information, Google's ad revenues will go through the roof and--just as important--there will be less value in spamming the organic results.