scottsonline - 1:56 am on Dec 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
It looks like something hit around thanksgiving. Of course everything amazon has ever sold or thought about selling ranks first. I still am confused at how ads on amazon are outranking actual real pages? I'm seeing a ton of #1 and #2 spots tied up by amazon but they're just placeholder ads for external sites. Wow! Does google really think serving doorway pages on amazon that are paid ads is good content?
What's notable is the vice has gotten tighter each day. Bing had been solidly down in our niche this fall by about 30%. Monday that dropped to 25%, Tuesday 10% and today it was up 50% for the first time in four months. To me it looks like clearly something has changed and it's showing up in users checking bing.
This relates to organic results. I find the new ad format kind of blurred. They really should distinguish paid ads. What they did was make them blend in and appear even more attractive. Add a ton of fake reviews to many of them and viola you have click vacuums.
Organic is dying. Soon enough google will just be paid ads.