outland88 - 7:57 pm on Jun 20, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: outland88 at 8:09 pm (utc) on Jun 20, 2012]
Maybe there's a way you can be classified as a quality information site, but a low quality transactional site, I dunno. But it seems to me this content, as popular and good as it may be, is pulling focus away from your ecommerce. And me, I'd separate 'em.
Thatís the problem all smaller businesses deal with in Google. I made money hand over fist until Google practically forces you into being an info/ecommerce site and re-writing everything. Once you go both ways you quickly wonder like Planet 13 is doing. Iíve seen the best advertising experts and it didnít adhere to what a University degree taught. Youíll know good advertising when it reaches out and graps you by the ____ís and says you canít live without me. It doesnít fall in line with the Kingís English that Google wants. It also includes some natural over-optimization plus repetitiveness which are hang-ups with Panda/Penguin. Seemingly a branded info or commerce site dealing with everything under the sun escapes this.
In general though it shouldnít be hurting the rankings but I didnít say income. There are quite a few people in these forums who have ďpulled backĒ ,as I call it, and had a reversal of fortune but it can go both ways. Sometimes the info doing seemingly nothing but giving exposure enhanced sales and other times it was just attracting people looking for free. In other words you have to recalculate the suffering more than in the past because of Panda/Penguin. So there's no one fixed answer.
[edited by: outland88 at 8:09 pm (utc) on Jun 20, 2012]