backdraft7 - 11:42 pm on Feb 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
@maximus - it's stirring alright and it smells awful. The red light has been ON all day. Checking my traffic stats I still see about 2600+ uniques per day, that should be producing two dozen sales per day. It's after 5pm and only 3 sales all day, one at 1am from Australia, then one from Virginia 10 hours later, and one from New Jersey 3 hours later and now nothing for the past 5 hours. On a normal day, probably get 2 to 4 per hour during the day. I had another member check my positions over in the UK and they are pretty much the same as in the US, #1 and #2 across the board. In some cases my site is listed for the first THREE positions, yet nothing. I am seeing bouncing in the +/- 1 range all day long. One extreme scraper / MFA site is there one minute then gone the next.
Did everyone switch to browsing with iphones? This makes absolutely no sense.
My forehead is bloody from banging it against the wall.
If I had been ejected from the SERP, at least this drop in sales would make sense.
As far as Matt Cutts, well I think he's just a PR android and would never tell you anything is wrong.
This almost looks like some kind of new magical "transparent" penalty.
That or everyone in the US suddenly dropped over.