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Google is just too important to ignore no matter how much we hate it.
BTW many of my sites have been banned by Google...its a love-hate relationship with Google.
We know how the webmasters feel about this update. But, do we know what Joe Searcher is feeling? My guess is that he is feeling very good.
I doubt if that's true in my sector, where template-generated fluff predominates on many SERPs.
My daughter told me a few days ago that she now goes directly to page 2 or 3 of Google's search results these days, because the stuff on page 1 is hardly ever relevant. I don't think Bourbon is going to change her searching habits.
look for something specific... put keywords that should give you the page you are looking for.
I think this is a problem Google is wrestling with right now. If you go to Yahoo and search on a three word phrase, the results give you the answer directly. I will admit that Yahoo does not handle scraper sites all that well and these sites can, and do, get to the top.
On the other hand, Google will show something that is related to the query, but not really what you are looking for - more general than the specific information you're looking for. My reaction is - "that's clean information, but not helpful to me because I am really looking for something else." By the time you find the right information on Google, you're staring at page 1 on Yahoo.
They're battling and there are casualties, but they've still got a way to go... it's just not right yet.
I disagree. Google has been around long enough to know what they are doing. I think Google is demonstrating it doesn't much care if it throws out a lot of babies with the bathwater, so to speak.