Play_Bach - 9:19 am on Jun 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
But it looks like it's more a case of Google promoting advertising, their own products & big brands over and above the little guy. It is certainly NOT a quality issue, no matter what they say.
Yup. It's pretty obvious that's what's been going on, but especially so in recent months. First it was Froogle listings pushing down organics in 2006. Then came ads above and below organics, then Google places, Maps, YouTube, Google Shopping and brands. Now often ONLY ONE organic will show on a page, and that's if you're on a full screen desktop! On my iPad, I frequently don't see any organics on page one anymore.
More than anything else, I've long suspected the Google layout shift as being responsible for the big drop in traffic my site gets today versus Google 2009. Again, it's tough to make a buck if nobody comes in the store. Good luck everybody.
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