bears5122 - 12:00 pm on Aug 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
I no longer believe quality content = quality rankings
I think you're right. The strategy now appears to be build an authoratative domain, and then churn out as much content as you possibly can on topics that are searched a lot.
I contend this is the #1 problem I have with Google results. The same 10 sites seem to rank for every single informational search these days. The same 10 shopping engines seem to rank for every single shopping search too.
Maybe I've picked some bad industries to be running informational searches on of late. But I've gotten into cooking lately and been trying to learn a lot about how to make stuff certain ways. Well every search is dominated by these content mills or answer sites. When in actuality, they should be dominated by sites run by Chefs or cooking forums.
They've really killed off the niche site. The expert site in one field. When I ask a cooking question, I shouldn't be getting Yahoo! Answers, I should be getting a popular cooking forum. Just as when I search about setting up my home theater system, I should be getting a technology site over eHow. That's not a gripe as an SEO either, it's a gripe as one of their users. They need to find a better way to push the authorities in a topic to the top.