mkassets - 4:21 pm on Sep 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
Am I correct in assuming those of you who have experienced a large traffic drop are all affiliates of larger Brand Name stores?
Correct in my case. I own a few affiliate sites and the rankings are down for all "brand widgets" type of keywords.
I can understand why Google wants to get rid of affiliate sites in this type of queries, yet the current SERPs are much worse than before. It is a total disaster - I have never seen so much domain name spam.
The 1st page is dominated by brandwidget.org, brandwidgets.net, brand-widgets.org domains - all are spam, none should have made it into the index whatsoever.