Sand - 3:20 am on Sep 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
You simply can not compare eCommerce to some forum or blog taking free registrations.
First, for the sake of my pride, I'm not talking about forum or blog registrations. Per the forum rules I don't want to disclose my exact niche, but think about niches like finance, insurance, dating, or employment where registering on a site is often free, and then visitors are heavily monetized through advertising offers disguised as a service after registration. That's what I'm talking about.
Second, I agree with you that you can't really compare two different types of sites. I was just pointing out that things don't suck for *everybody* right now, even though much of the chatter makes it look that way.
I hope that your sites turn around soon. I know that there are some pretty bizarre search results out there right now, and sympathize with everyone who has been negatively impacted.