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[edited by: tedster at 2:51 am (utc) on Dec 3, 2012]
Traffic way, way down across many sites from 50% to 80%
Adsense earnings are above avarage?
Next step bing vs google.
[edited by: tedster at 2:02 pm (utc) on Dec 5, 2012]
@Huskypup, then this has nothing to do with google serp changes? But a failure in adwords setup from adwords users?
long tail phrases
Basically, I think Google is doing what it's done on every algo I've seen it test... it's started with the short, competitive phrases and then gets into longer and more specific phrases. This is also consistent with how artificial intelligence learns. It needs lots of data, and data on long-tail takes longer to gather.
Additionally, I've felt I've been seeing the auto-complete suggestions getting more specific. (Perhaps this is even what's directly or indirectly causing the effect).
All of the above is conjecture, but it's consistent with what I think I've been seeing for a bunch of years now.