There were just too many complaints in the forums for it to appear to be really that "minor."
So I decided to run a poll, where we have well over 400 responses. The responses were overwhelming against the notion that this was a minor update or tweak to the Panda algorithm. Almost 80% of those who responded said this was a "somewhat significant" or "very significant" update. Under 15% said this update was not significant, which is very low.
I am a bit surprised by these numbers. I was hoping what I saw in the forums was just a loud minority but it seems like a lot of people would classify this minor update as more major and more hurtful than maybe Google would have considered?
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Note: This story was written earlier this week and scheduled to be published today.