I've breezed thru every Google update for the past 10 years.
None have affected me until panda.
The April panda update leveled my 3 websites (60%+ drop).
No recovery since.
However, I'm going to show you from a user perspective why Google is currently broken.
I just updated to Firefox 5.0.
My Google toolbar no longer worked.
So, I googled this exact phrase (i urge you to do the same as an example):
fix google toolbar for firefox 5
result #1: irrelevant
result #2: irrelevant
result #3: somewhat relevant
result #4: irrelevant
result #5: irrelevant
result #6: irrelevant
result #7: perfect
result #8: irrelevant
result #9: irrelevant
result #10: irrelevant
(page 2 search results weren't any better)
result #7 fixed my problem and my toolbar works. But why wasn't it #1? It was the MOST RELEVANT.
What do I take from this?
Your websites and my websites are currently sitting below irrelevant, outdated results & in many cases scraper and pathetic results.
This is simply the latest search I've been frustrated with.
Yes, I've fixed up my websites with a fresh new design, added Disqus comment system (which is working great), and other cool new features.
Yet, it makes no difference.
Google is broken and someone over there had better take responsibility and fix it soon.
I can no longer find what I am searching for with ease.
Great, helpful, relevant websites are no longer near or at the top of the results. It's a joke.
My advice, and the advice I have seen mentioned on occasion, is to sit tight. Clean up your websites, but realize the problem is not simply you or your fault. I've been around webmasterworld since inception and don't often post. This finally annoyed me enough to hoist me off the fence.