Planet13 - 9:55 pm on Jul 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hi there, Crush:
"What Google has done is basically fill up page one with the authority BBC, CNN, Wikipedia nonsense sites so maybe 2 or 3 commercial sites with enough trust can get to page 1."
I don't know if this helps, but I have seen this with non-competitive terms.
I have also seen people rank in the top few results when they have a "personal" page on ebay or on amazon with a username made up of the keywords.
I have also come across a few examples where a site with authority would rank for a term with EXCEPTIONALLY thin content that LINKS TO a page with good content.
So imagine if someone wrote a great article on a particular topic. It would rank number two, below a BBC page that said: Joe Schmoe wrote a really great article about an excellent topic. You can read the full article here [link to Joe Schmoe's article]
Seriously, I have seen several of those, and I have not even tried looking.
It seems that AUTHORITY is cranked WAY UP in the algo, and content value is cranked way down...