Majority of my sites have been hit with the latest update. After reading quite a few posts on here there are a few things which have stuck out :
1 - Almost all of my sites are affiliate sites with the actual purchase links of widget-x being an affiliate link. On top of that the affiliate links are setup as a 302 redirect to ensure a cookie is placed for credit.
2 - I have been making it a habit to have a facebook page, g+ page, and twitter account for these sites. In the footer I link to those pages which are also 302'ed. Neither this or the above is my doing, but rather the other party.
3 - Most of my domain names are exact match for one of the major keywords for my sites content.
Opinions on this... has anyone else noticed a similar scenario?
I have content, no shady seo, not over optimized, etc. I have gone a step further to use their page speed plugin for ff and my pages are all well above 90 ranking with most 98 or so. This is also something I caught on the web as they want sites to be quick and optimized so the user has a good experience.
As for exact domain matching, if this is true, then it is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. By having an exact matching domain you have THE domain (or one of) that specifically shows what your content is about. Obviously if you have something like blue-widgets.com you are not going to put content on it about yellow giraffes. With that said, how and why would they penalize a person for having a domain that directly correlates to the sites content? if I'm not mistaken many companies have paid big bucks for these types of domains for this reason and it makes complete sense to do so (unless you are Google of course).
All in all I am very disappointed with Google and have been for many years now... if the current results stay as they are then THEY are the ones who are ruining the user experience by showing theses current results.