Gshaughn - 3:35 pm on Apr 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
More observations for a highly competitive vertical:
-my affiliate clients hit hard, BUT other affiliates (5 of page 1 serps) filled in.
-checking 'brand terms' as anchor text percentage vs top kw phrases, nothing conclusive so far
-affiliate sites that moved into the top 10 have really weak domain names, and are low quality aesthetically, and content wise. Doesn't fit the profile of what g says it wants at all
-something link related, or off page, must be allowing these sites to benefit
-no social media being on the new ranking affiliate sites