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[edited by: tedster at 8:38 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2011]
It’s worth noting that this update does not rely on the feedback we’ve received from the Personal Blocklist Chrome extension, which we launched last week. However, we did compare the Blocklist data we gathered with the sites identified by our algorithm, and we were very pleased that the preferences our users expressed by using the extension are well represented. If you take the top several dozen or so most-blocked domains from the Chrome extension, then this algorithmic change addresses 84% of them, which is strong independent confirmation of the user benefits.
I predict the Kaizen Update is right around the corner.Or the GroupThink update. The web according to Google will continue to shrink. Better start catering to the lowest common denominator if you aren't already doing so.
Danny is calling this update the "Farmer Update" and the earlier one the "Scraper Update". Not exactly hurricane names, but they do make the distinction clear.
I've gone through all of the infamous updates before, been affected to one extent or another, and came out as good as before. This one is definitely different.
Before you go taking a quote of mine and saying how bad it is, wait for the adjustments they are almost certainly going to make to kick in. Every time I can remember seeing a large algo update like this they 'pull the filters off' during the initial rollout, then begin re-inserting them over the next few days.
Cutts tells me Google feels the change it is making does improve results according to its own internal testing methods.
We've been tackling these issues for more than a year, and working on this specific change for the past few months. And we're working on many more updates that we believe will substantially improve the quality of the pages in our results...
I agree. Before swearing to get a day job (how many times have we said so :)) we need to wait. Many sites come within a few days, then new filters come back on, others get caught, filters are adjusted etc etc. It's obvious that filters are on right now, so let's see google tweak them a bit here and there.
From dickbaker... As for the photos, I get high-res images where possible
From Spencer... Our little art site that has been removed completely from the index
From Amit Singhal ...This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites...At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites... with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.
Suppose for example, your site is devoted to installing turntable cartridges ~ wouldn't a series of photos be considerably more effective than the proverbial "thousand words"?
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 9:01 am (utc) on Feb 25, 2011]