what the eBay team found—overall, there was no appreciable decline in sales of eBay listings in the part of the country where Google ad purchases were shut off.
I have not seen a more egregious case of Googles complete duplicity and lack of transparency in it's search methods. I think it clearly sends a signal to others that if you want organic results, you have to "pay up" or you will be booted.
Msg#: 4676325 posted 11:02 am on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)
We operate two ebay stores with more than 450 items combined. Whatever happened with Google, it virtually brought business on eBay to a stand still. The ebay message boards are full with seller messages complaining sales are almost non exsistant lately. Us included. It all started about 2.5 months ago and just getting worse.
Google simply took away all the long tail searches leaving ebay to die a slow painful death... that's how it feels to many long time sellers there anyway...
Msg#: 4676325 posted 9:39 pm on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)
All the pages that have lost Google ranking were in a single directory that contains doorway pages meant purely to tank in search engines. The pages people actually want to go to have kept their rankings:
Msg#: 4676325 posted 12:38 am on Jun 3, 2014 (gmt 0)
I don't think adwords, or even Google, had anything to do with ebay creating thousands of /bhp doorway pages. It probably doesn't help that the entire /bhp section of ebay stands for "black hat pages" if the rumors are true. I do know, however, that when I noticed an ebay page competing against my page it was always of low quality and often was a copy/paste of a portion of my own content.
This is what you get when your content is 100% user generated and your users don't particularly like your site.