@drall sadly the old saying if you cant beat them, join them. Right now to survive in this new version of google you have to go create ibuywidgets, getmewidgets, morewidgets etc etc, flat file import and XML file and Google will index 10-15% of your pages on each site for very little work. That's how our competitors are getting ahead. It seems they've all figured out a simple change to the layout and a different source IP is all you need. It's 2003-2005 all over again.
@tedster. This last 7-10 days has been really bad in our industry. We're up to almost 15% bing traffic today on very heavy traffic. Yahoo is up as well. Google is still treading water and the traffic is garbage. Our users are switching to bing and yahoo probably noticing the same thing we're noticing which is brand product name is a mess right now for searches on google.
When the #1 ranking search engine in the world ranks #5 in that same engine it tells me they've got something wrong somewhere.