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Even so, it may have affected resource decisions. At the organizational level, did the specter of losing tens of millions in ad revenue had something to do with why Google waited so long to start to address the problem?
At the organizational level, Google is essentially chaos. In search quality in particular, once you've demonstrated that you can do useful stuff on your own, you're pretty much free to work on whatever you think is important. I don't think there's even a mechanism for shifting priorities like that.
We've been working on this issue for a long time, and made some progress. These efforts started long before the recent spat of news articles. I've personally been working on it for over a year. The central issue is that it's very difficult to make changes that sacrifice "on-topic-ness" for "good-ness" that don't make the results in general worse. You can expect some big changes here very shortly though.
I think its the scraper - text spun - inaccurate type MFA sites which need the boot from google
"Matt told Danny ... that the algorithm change from last week was just related to blocking low quality scraper sites from showing up in Google's search results." (emphasis mine)
Dialling down anchor text power - to me, lots of keyword focused anchor text screams 'unnatural!'
Increased trust weighting
Increased weighting on links from topic specific pages, or from links which are close to topic sensitive paragraphs, sentences etc.
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that's really the problem. Adsense doesn't factor into it... but it should. negatively. truth is, Google has created a superb "signal" that a website is crummy: Adsense. it would be funny if it wasn't so sad. and they can't do anything about it, since it would hurt the bottom line.
Adsense already Smart Prices us based on click quality. And clearly Google has some idea of what it considers to be Search Quality.
Please lets get away from this BS that adsense = content farms
It begs the question, if the user finds what they want does it matter how they get there?
Just look at some of the top sites that Blekko has banned as being content farms
so MFA sites are just parasitic
[edited by: indyank at 12:41 pm (utc) on Feb 8, 2011]
So, who is parasitic again?
Maybe that is the next target of spammers; posting millions of fake queries to google so that their desired keywords appear as the first suggestion in the auto completion list.
What Google will apparently target are low quality scraper sites, not scraper sites per se.
I think Google wants to juggle them constantly which will result in sporadic traffic for all... I foresee a day, very soon when serps are refreshed and changed as fast as a movie image...
Hmmm - that site could give me a few clues I think as to what has happened today.