TypicalSurfer - 2:53 pm on Nov 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
No it is not rain! It is what it is... no point to tone it down really. Exactly the opposite if we want things to change back to normal...
You are definitely trying to thread the needle with google now so if you can dial back and maintain conversion you found the sweet spot. If you have a sales page, create another page that is only info with no commerce signal, link to it from the sales page and watch the zombies show up, they will come looking to buy (commercial query) but will leave. The sweet spot is somewhere in between the two pages.
As far as getting back to "normal", I hear you on that. I look at result pages now and wonder aloud "where did the internet go?". It's still there but you won't find it on google. Try Yandex if you want a look at what should be in play.