Wilburforce - 2:24 pm on Aug 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
Has anyone who tracks ecomm SERPS seen an increase in news stories appearing in what was previously exclusively ecommerce site mix?
Yes. Today I noticed a similar phenomenon to what Nsauser reported above: a long way down the SERPS for my key term (on about page 30-something) there was a solid block of news stories - all different pages/sites, but all the same story - that had no relevence whatsoever.
It was roughly equivalent to "Hi-tec Widget" bringing up a block of stories about theft of hi-tec trainers from warehouse.
This looks like a new phenomenon, and although Nsauser's example might not have been "amiss" (and I am not so sure), in this particular case it was a contiguous block of about 8 results sticking out like a very sore thumb.