scottsonline - 5:00 pm on Jun 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
@tedster and backdraft
We are seeing the same fluctuations which are unnatural. To be honest I dont have a huge problem with it as it's the fair way to spread the wealth. The problem is the traffic we are getting stinks. Looking through the logs all morning from this year to last what we're seeing is much less targeted traffic.
Google doesn't seem to be able to tell the difference any longer between the words someone uses that searching to buy one "yellow widget" with no customizations versus the 300 custom yellow widgets. Up until this algo began rolling out Google was easily able to pick up on this as shown by the conversions and would send us people it understood were looking for bulk customized widgets. Now we are clearly getting traffic from those that want to buy one.
I think that harkens back to the depreceation of the keywords used in titles and headings on the page. We were all told to emphasize what it was we were offering and they then went ahead and depcreciated those efforts.