Robert_Charlton - 7:38 am on Jan 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
"how do I" type of queries and pretty dead on but could also be general depending on how you look at it...
drall - Not what I was originally thinking about, as backdraft7's "zombie traffic" phrase suggested traffic throttling all over again... and I've been feeling that might relate to calibration of broad query serps and interface refinements. That's likely just one aspect of what Google is constantly testing.
Your mention of "how do I" type queries does bring to mind the content farm discussion. I'm seeing that some of the Q&A type sites are among the spammiest around, and it's possible that Google is trying to evaluate this particular kind of query for user satisfaction or to filter it for spam....
Google's Matt Cutts Talks of New Focus On Low Quality Content
backdraft7 - Is the current pattern similar to what you reported in the June 2010 Update thread [webmasterworld.com...] where you reported rankings apparently normal (for 2-3 word phrases) but traffic not going to main pages, or are you seeing something different?
I should note that we have a report of a page being replaced by a scraper on January 26th. Because of the date, I think, this is very possibly related to whatever the current algo changes (or combination of changes) are....
HIJACKED! Exact Content and