besnette - 8:13 pm on Aug 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
I would imagine for a lot of niches, this few weeks of back to school for the kids may result in less traffic and conversions. I know as a parent I have had a hard time getting much time on the computer this week.
In my area, I have seen less space devoted to google local results, which I think has helped a little...more organic stuff above the fold. I am encouraged by this.