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Update: Matt Cutts told me this is a fairly major update to the Panda algorithm affecting 2.4% of search queries. More on this tomorrow.Barry went into more detail at searchengineland [seroundtable.com...] [searchengineland.com...]
[edited by: Andy_Langton at 7:23 pm (utc) on Oct 5, 2012]
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They were primarily replaced by a combination of big box stores and competitors (many with very low quality sites)...both with a far smaller selection, worse usability, etc.
Test after test I have run, in these areas, show small to medium sized commerce business sites are being wiped out wholesale.
Are those searches fully monetized as well (top and right side full of advertisers)?
I read 2.4% of all SEARCH QUERIES.
They never really quantify this to a point where I get what it means.
Is that 2.4% of:
a) "all queries performed by end users"
b) "all the unique phrases that were queried for" ?
There's a big difference...'b' is much larger than 2.4% of "all queries performed by end users".
Is G trying to filter out affiliates, regardless of them being thick or thin? Anyone seeing affiliate sites that are ranking high?
Yes, they are.
I could be wrong, but I don't think the Google search team is trying to get rid of small businesses on purpose. I think they're just a bunch of nerds who feel they're at war with SEO.
E-commerce sites/niches are some of the most competitive around. So unless you were a big brand you had to buy links one way or another...or you didn't rank.
I don't think the motive is to eliminate e-commerce sites as much as it is to fully monetize queries
[edited by: zeus at 1:40 pm (utc) on Oct 8, 2012]