Sgt_Kickaxe - 1:48 am on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
I look for a Florida like update on the organic side before the end of the year.
I too look for an affiliate website DECIMATING change to be made shortly, in the next 6 months, Google wants to be the only middleman in the biz. If/when that happens I hope those webmasters realize they need to make their sites Google free (tracking/analytics/search box etc) and start supporting the next best engine.
One change I'm seeing now is that the traffic to ONE site can be affected by the things going on with your OTHER site as if all sites owned by you are somehow taken into consideration when adjusting individual site ranks. Google is profiling webmasters to give an overall rating of your site portfolio, I got my first taste of this when I simply deleted a hobby site I had run for 6 years when Panda took a bite of it (it never made money but traffic was steady). I only have what I would consider moderate data to support this, nothing definitive, but it makes sense and can't be discounted post Panda/+1.
5 months ago (!) I sent DMCAs to websites that copied content. The website owners deleted the violating pages almost immediately. However, those non-existant pages are still in Google's index.
I filed a DMCA two months ago, the offending site removed the content within 24 hours, search results still show the site in rankings but clicking on the link leads to a 404 error page. 2 months ?!