tedster - 7:09 pm on May 1, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 9:01 pm (utc) on May 1, 2010]
Yes - it was me that renamed this thread. I wanted to honor the observations currently being made - especially because the reports of search traffic drops are coming from highly respected members who we know aren't just fooling around.
Something very real has shifted at Google, but apparently it takes a certain type of webmaster/website to notice it - significant long tail traffic closely monitored in detail.
A lot of the sites I work are heavily dependent on branded query terms, and they are not showing this pattern. The presence of their brand name, even in a long tail search, carries the day for them.
[edited by: tedster at 9:01 pm (utc) on May 1, 2010]