So, I've experienced a precipitous loss of Google traffic last week, starting around Thursday. I think it's overall 30% down, maybe more - Monday has just started.
Went to check on some of the best keywords that used to bring traffic. The SERPs look like Google has just saw Amazon for the first time and fell in love:
SERP1 - 4 Amazon listings
SERP2 - 4 Amazon listings
SERP3 - 8 (WTF!) Amazon listings
Mind you, the rest is not mom-n-pop sites either, it's pretty much solid all the way up to SERP6 - Home Depot, Staples, Buy.com etc., all household names all the way up to page 6, with just a couple of pages by the actual manufacturer of the product plus a governmental certification agency.
It is unbelievable, almost every listing up to Page 6 is for businesses that are only interested in selling the product - no blogs, discussions or any other representation of the product - only pages that sell, sell, sell.
Even Wikipedia got pushed off to Page 7. I have never seen it so badly sales oriented. Are there Google business watchers here? Are they short on cash or need to pay a large bill/fine or something?