scottsonline - 11:55 am on Jun 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Robert thanks for the edit and explanation!
Google down 25%
Bing/MSN up 300% (this is right from GA)
Yahoo up 42%
Versus the same business day last year which is our most accurate metric.
Since I was last posting the shift has been monumental. So what I think is happening is customers have suddenly realized what we were all posting here. The only way to find things that you could once find on Google is through the other two. What's even stranger is some of the conversions this week were from repeat customers searching from yahoo and bing that were ALWAYS google referrals. That to me is most indicative of a busted engine.
As of this morning for a highly coveted keyword product the competitor that runs 22 spam sites is ranked 1-6. The 7th place company is the international office supply firm. This is the effect of the new engine, one company can get 6 top spots running blatant mirrors and a 25 billion dollar behemoth gets bumped from #2 to #6.
For the record we've been running adwords ads and have spent hundreds to lose about $350. The adwords ads are so overpriced for the industry margin we all operate in I can only imagine people are doing it to keep the doors open.