So lots and lots of talk of the so called (non-existant) over-optimization penalty can be found all over the web and in the mean time, I'm sure someone's making a lot of money because of all this new content that is being produced related to the so-called algorithm change - the change that SEOs everywhere were expecting and even some today believe has already taken place.
So look at this! Yesterday Google released some information about rewarding high-quality sites. What great timing! Now that's not at all the important nor the funny part of that article - but what is, is the two images that are used at the bottom of the post as an indication of the types of sites that will be affected.
Here's a little quote for you, just so you know this is what Google is saying about the images you'll see. And ask yourself, were these kind of examples below not tripping filters already? Were the search results that terrible? (rhetorical question I guess)
keyword-stuffing.jpgHere’s an example of a webspam tactic like keyword stuffing taken from a site that will be affected by this change:
link-spam.jpgOf course, most sites affected by this change aren’t so blatant. Here’s an example of a site with unusual linking patterns that is also affected by this change. Notice that if you try to read the text aloud you’ll discover that the outgoing links are completely unrelated to the actual content, and in fact the page text has been “spun” beyond recognition:
Now all I really have to say is, are you kidding me? This is the update everyone's talking about? As we know Matt tweeted about this yesterday and frankly, I believe this entire fiasco is, well, humorous to say the least.
If your website is spammy like the example above, or the content is spun like the article below it, you've got problems and probably aren't even making yourself known to the public - the rest of the world of SEOs really have nothing in the slightest to worry about.
Lastly, from the article on the quality rewarding update, I find this statement:
Now I won't jump the gun and try to decipher how these percentages can be known so I'd appreciate any of those more skilled in mathematics let us know how viable this information really is.The change will go live for all languages at the same time. For context, the initial Panda change affected about 12% of queries to a significant degree; this algorithm affects about 3.1% of queries in English to a degree that a regular user might notice.
In closing I'd like to thanks HTMLBasicTutor for this link and so I must quote it again for us all.