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Is this a side-effect of improved dynamic spidering, or have the web developers for the sites wised-up (en masse)?
Random forum posts and PDF's sometimes show up in the top 10 for words that are pricey at overture ($5+).
My hope is that this is just a temporary situation before the full update occurs.
I believe that there are several examples of people posting here that have heard complaints from end users. In fact I myself related that the very high tech people I work with on a daily basis no longer consider google to be the best search tool.
The many, many posts here citing example after example of the current problem speak for themselves.
lk125, thanks for asking. I was talking to another engineer and we came up with a much better way of testing both the pdf and commercial/vendor pages issue. It will take a little while (a few days), but give us much better abilities to see how things stand. We're going to take whatever actions need to happen to make sure that our search is where we want it to be. So the update is that I don't have an answer right now, but I'm escalating this internally and we're investigating more.