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[edited by: tedster at 7:41 pm (utc) on May 22, 2010]
I tend to agree with you about the direction, but... Any ideas on how Google might now be measuring quality content? I'm coming up empty on that right now.
Also what is the character of the May 17 change that several here have mentioned? We can continue the Mayday discussion in this thread [webmasterworld.com] for as long as we need, but probably should keep pace with new changes here, because Google isn;t standing still, that's for sure.
...Google is trying to become smarter
[edited by: tedster at 8:02 pm (utc) on May 31, 2010]
Those websites made it through the beginning of the month without losing traffic!
What we have found is that a vast number of our pages (that used to rank and get traffic) have disappeared from the index altogether, leaving secondary related pages which rank much much lower (e.g. long article with 10 pages, page 1 disappears, leaving page 8 appearing in SERPS on page 20).
do you think the May 17 is an adjustment completing the MayDay change?
a vast number of our pages (that used to rank and get traffic) have disappeared from the index altogether
[edited by: tedster at 11:08 pm (utc) on May 31, 2010]
Then that's not the same as an algorithm change. The Mayday change was aimed at algorithmic ranking for long-tail results. Matt Cutts also emphasized that Mayday was an algorithm change and not an indexing change.
There have been ongoing reports here of losing pages in the index - and then some members reported seeing a gradual reappearance for some pages that were dropped. This sounds like a different process at Google, and a somewhat mysterious one at that.
Google is becoming increasingly smarter at identifying better written content.
This statement is exactly contrary to many of the webmaster reports in this thread.
[edited by: tedster at 11:31 am (utc) on Jun 1, 2010]