martinibuster - 1:57 pm on Aug 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
Likely they will examine what they feel are true examples of small sites with merit that aren't ranking and study out why, what signals and patterns are being missed. It's basically quality assurance, to identify points of failure and then fix it. This is the kind of thing that keeps Google ahead of the competition. Good move.
Robert Charlton's list of reasons of what gives a site merit should be printed up and tacked onto every Googler's wall.