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Way back in 2006, I started noticing brown shopping bag icons on top of the #1 organic position which my site had held for over five years. That was Froogle. What the hell is this I thought? (actually my language was probably a bit stronger!)
Fast forward to 2013 and organics in my niche have been pushed down by ad blocks and brands so that at most only ONE organic shows. It's even worse on Yahoo! where no organics show on page 1. The search engines can spin it all they want, but as far as I'm concerned it's just been a land grab. All the SEO in the world doesn't mean squat if nobody can find you.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:58 am (utc) on May 14, 2013]