MelissaLB - 2:28 pm on Jun 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
Just thought I'd pop on here and add my 2 cents about what we've been seeing change.
The most noticible change we've seen starting late may (23rd to be exact) is an unusually high number of UK and other non USA sites in Google.com searches. These are searches that would result in e-commerce site listings and we've been seeing the top 5 results being dominated by co.uk, .dk, .au sites on 4 out of the 5 listings. This seems very odd to us. In fact, we thought it was a major mistake and something that google would fix but so far no change.
One thing I noticed in common about a lot of these UK sites that are ranking above regional (us sites) results are the landing pages are FULL of text (copying entire wiki pages on the popular subject in relation to the product they are selling OR a long paragraph at the bottom of the page full of keywords (borderline spammy looking). Having said that, should these UK sites still not be dominating over sites in the US? Seems that users (especially ones looking to buy) would rather see results from stores at least on the same continent?