Ralph_Slate - 1:52 am on Sep 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hi Andy -- I'm more just curious about the way that Google displayed the results to me - with 5 results, and then a segregated section that implied that the results were from a "similar search" which was not specified - any my page in the segregated section. I've never seen that before, and in my opinion, my search was the most relevant of all the pages displayed because my page was about the widget, whereas those pages just mentioned the widget.
In general, many - but not all - of my pages are performing below expected rank, since April 24 - Penguin day. I still do rank first page or even #1 for many searches, but overall I'm seeing a 35% decline in Google traffic. I have discovered many of my terms no longer rank anywhere, below spammy results, irrelevant results (i.e. the words appear on the page but not in close proximity to each other), etc. Meanwhile my page that is spot-on to the search isn't appearing, or is many times in position #11.
The position #11 leads me to believe that a penalty is being levied. This new way of showing the results - with my site being listed as a "similar search" result - is puzzling to me.