backdraft7 - 3:35 pm on Nov 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm still concerned about the huge increase of links in the webmaster tools area "Your site on the web" > "Links to your site" which now shows 167,063 total links to our site! These links appear to be from some kind of automated aggregation script that may be hammering our site with garbage traffic. I'd be interested to see if other affected sites have similarly high numbers of links and suggest you go check out those links (if you have a few years worth of spare time). This may be why we are seeing higher traffic, but it's coming in from all these garbage sites, hence the low sales conversions. Just some food for thought.
@tedster - is there a topic for this garbage linking subject?