Dunzbumz - 4:42 pm on Aug 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
Seems like we lost a position or two here and there, with some going off charts, like to page four, and some into non-existence. Impressions lost 66% with less than half the clicks we got before. We don't have any image stuff, and mobile/web are the same for us. CTR doesn't show at all, but it never did, actually.
Where WMT still shows us as #1, in reality we slid lower. All sorts of sites went in - rows of whois-type sites, keyword stuffers, guest articles beating around the bush and without real insight, mini networks (you know, sites with links to a dozen "partners" on all profitable topics.) I don't see our small competitors anywhere, but the main one - the one that charges for the data - is doing better than us.
Lots of query changes: instead of "Did you mean ... ?" option Google shows straight up what it thinks was meant, changing the query. WTF? Am I a dyslexic 5-year-old and can't type what I mean? I think it's against Google's own conditions, if someone else does it in CSE.
Google feels like Bing. Or as if it's 2002, and you have to click through a few pages to find a good link. Maybe it's time to buy EMDs, links, $1 articles, scrape the web and do other bad things? We'll be looking into that the next few days, cause it's not some children's game that we can just pick our toys and go home - we have resources and time invested in it, so we'll have to make it work, somehow.