n00b1 - 6:25 pm on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Well they ruined my Christmas... Actually they ruined my December, back on the 8th when they decided for all of my useful keywords they'd demote me from near the top of the first page to page 3, 4 or 5. I had been working myself half to death on my website for the entire year and was looking forward to some good December sales and they completely destroyed it. My niche is now covered with shopping sites that offer the same products. In my niche people really need some good solid information about the products before they buy and that is something these shopping websites simply do not provide. I also spend several hours replying to comments, forum threads and emails and I am always, always thanked for the advice I give. They come to me for advice because they consider me an expert in this field. I just hope this all settles down soon and Google realises that they are doing their users a huge disservice by randomly burying high-quality websites for no discernible reason.