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Terry Plank ran Academy of Web Specialists, a well respected Web Training Firm (now closed). Here is an article I published in their June 2003 newsletter.
One of my SEO mentors, and key reviewer of the very first versions of OptiLink is Michael Campbell. If you are not subscribed to his free weekly newsletter, you are simply missing out. See http://www.dynamicmedia.com to signup. This article was published in Issue #36.
The so-called “florida update” at Google in November 2003 raised quite a ruckus. My first reaction (on November 18) was that it was a bug, and would soon be fixed. By December 10, 2003 there had been some improvement, but the results were still a mess. I published the report linked below to explain why many (actually all) of the theories about what changed were simply not supported by the data. Using OptiLink, you can do this same research for yourself.
Update to the update. As I add this note on March 22, 2004, there is virtually no change in the Google ranking algorithm as compared to pre-florida results. This has been the case since sometime in February 2004. So what was “florida” really about? That’s a whole ‘nuther article, and one I have not yet written.
Here’s an audio interview I did with Brad Fallon on SearchEngineRadio in April 2004.