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Google is tweaking it's search algorithm once again. Last year's Panda update lifted quality sites over content farms using duplicate articles and spun text, a seedy method used in mainstream IM. Adult webmasters were hardly affected by it. Today's Penguin update is hitting porn industry hard. It punishes affiliate sites, TGPs and sblogs while tubes rank higher.
From my own observation Google seems to be fighting sites with artificial link profiles and low quality sites with exact matching keywords in domain. Let's say you had a small site about "Fetish Porn" and a domain called fetishporn.com with a lot of links pointing to it including said keywords. It would most likely have hit you hard the past 2 days.
Artificial linking methods utilized by TGPs where site owners narrowed anchor text choices to mostly the same keywords matching over-optimized page titles were also dropping. Using sites like Linkspun or Thunderball/Alicia did certainly more harm than good. Google aims at reducing web spam with Penguin. Since most affiliate sites are very spammy, they got hit very badly. The negative aspect: illegal tube sites infringing copyrights are rated the highest. They don't need to make advertising, SEO or link building of any kind. They are just there and people discover them.
Today's new search result are somewhat funny. When entering 'search engine' into Google, it just shows up in sixth position while dogpile.com takes the lead. Here are a couple of resources from reputable SEO sites and boards(mainstream):