mihomes - 4:56 pm on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
I've seem a lot of anecdotal evidence on the following, perhaps folks can chime it.
Many of the domains I've heard of being hot by the update are really PMDs (partial match domains) with similar modifiers.
I've heard of many instances of:
"-" in the domain, particularly more than one "-"
common modifiers in the domain like "the", "buy", "now"
I was just going to say the same thing after reading an earlier post. My domain uses the format widget1-widget2 and is an EMD. Now that I look at my sites all of those with a hyphen seem to take a huge drop whereas the ones in the format widget2widget2 seem to have taken a few spots drop if that (just talking about before and after ~ 9-28)
Previously I mentioned an opinion that they were determining what was and was not generic words in your domain... remember they use synonyms so how far fetched is it to determine 'how generic' a word is? I still believe this factors in as well somehow as I have seen domains with hyphens yet they do not contain all 'generic' words... which had no drop at all.
BUT this hyphen thing seems to have some bearing... quite a few people have mentioned it and it seems to have affected myself as well... to be honest I never noticed or thought about it till now.