Originally Posted by robjones
In short, they've declared war on useless crap that contaminates the net with its presence.
They are no doubt going to hit some good sites accidentally, that's the unfortunate nature of algorithms. Computer routines have no eyes or brains.
As they get feedback they'll continue to tweak, but personally I applaud them for the effort.
It is just a question of opinion.
There are a lot of good sites been hit by Google and I doubt that it is by accident. The Panda update didn't avoid infringements to be indexed, and Penguin didn't avoid spammers or other SEO tricks. Black hat SEO don't seems to be hit either when you read what they post on the black hat forums.
Google is going after the link profiles and you know like me that anyone can manipulate that, Google penguin update or not, perhaps any updates.
I am sure that their algorithms have limits because when I check the relevancy of queries or the SERP, it is just laughable for a multi billions dollars multinational corporation with hundreds of Phd employees.
Honestly I liked Google 3 years ago, now they lost their way because each year they hit many honest small webmasters and small ecommerce owners. They turned their back on the small business people to glorify the brands corporations and other big players. I am sure that one day they will eat the dust for their elitism.
I am not going to find any excuses for Google, they hit us with Panda and Penguin, now it is enough. They can find whatever reason to justified what they are doing, we take the hit each time.
The problem with little site owners like us is that Google will never let us grow, because huge brand corporations can afford (marketing team, SEO team, Adwords team, etc), when we create 100 links, they produce not thousands links on their own site, but all the sites duplicating their product lines by affiliates and for reviews (it is not rare to see the corporation featured in Adwords link above organic search, 4 first links pointed to their corporation site, and 4 other links from their affiliates or reviewers). So 8 +1 first rankings are for them.
On the top of that, they will always have the best spots or exposures because Google descriminate us with brand links, store links, shopping links, etc.
They have declared war? On what? Spammers are still there, crappy sites still there and sites or competitors using dirty SEO tricks are still there.
Oops, little good guys are disappearing...