outland88 - 6:19 pm on Oct 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
Yes, it looks like they are stripping commercial intent from organic search results
I would definitely say this is the case in the areas I traffic. Test after test I have run, in these areas, show small to medium sized commerce business sites are being wiped out wholesale. With dozens of keyword combos, again in the areas I traffic, the top 100 results are practically devoid (3 or less) of sites selling products. In fact itís gigantically worse than that. About every one of these keywords and combinations two years ago had at least 50 to 80 commerce sites listed in the top 100. The main exceptions are Amazon etc. It almost seems Google knew its algo couldnít distinguish quality in the true sense because commerce sites would naturally use more SEO and over-optimization. That is what selling and advertising is all about and itís aberrant for a search engine to exhibit that. In fact theyíre now targeting Adsense info sites that engage in even slight SEO.
You can slide a commerce site into the mix with well written articles absent SEO but isnít the point to make money just like Google does. Also I was adding buy and purchase too many searches and it was even worse.