dickbaker - 6:49 pm on Mar 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
To quote Bobbie Zimmerman, "You've got to serve somebody."
Bob Dylan builds websites? ;)
I don't run Adsense on my site, but I do run a banner ad on top and one on the right side of most pages. The content is still visible, and I'm not certain that the ads themselves are causing the demotion of the site, but they could be a factor.
In looking carefully at all of the pages, it's obvious that the product pages contain content that's very, very similar to what the manufacturers have or did have on their sites. If you're going to provide specifications for a product, it's generally a good idea to use the same specifications that the manufacturer does. Nobody wants a widget described as 12" long when it's really 25".
I generally provide more information about a particular product than do the ecommerce sites that sell them, even though I'm starting with manufacturer info to write the content. I'm pre-selling these products for the retailers who advertise on my site. So, I'm not really certain what to do with that content.
The product pages were popular with Google and with users, as I see a lot of people on discussion forums linking to the pages when they talk about something they want to buy or have bought.
Now Google (I think) is considering these to be duplicate content, and I'm not sure what to do about that. I could buy one of each of the ~2000 products featured at hundreds of dollars each and do in-depth reviews, I suppose, but the ROI wouldn't be there.