besnette - 10:20 pm on Jul 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
What hit home with me, and I am sure many other site owners, editors, writers, video producers, experts, and passionate enthusiasts out there is that, after the sneak peek at a few of the updates last week, things like expertise, authorship, original content, contributorship, transparency, honesty, meaningful social participation, all didn't seem to matter. Many of the sites being rewarded (that I saw) had very little of, or none of that. Only after looking into it more deeply was it discovered that a good number of these sites belonged to the same company(s). How or why it happened, we may never know, but to simply wake up one morning and see years of honest, hard work trumped by the calculated efforts of some of these unethical players...I was about to give up on it all. I am trying to keep some degree of hope and a positive attitude that it was just a blip, and that the 'algo' will eventually be able to identify, and reward those many sites and site owners that actually give a crap about their industries and niches..those who are contributing useful, unique information or angles, who are educating their visitors, and who aren't spending time trying to game the system.