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No doubt they have been penalised because most of their backlinks use the name of the band as anchor text. How unnatural can you get?
update ! wikipedia.org now #1 for brandname widget in our niche ... followed by tripadvisor for 6 entries, brandname gets only 3 entries ! What the f***
Analysis - wikipedia=google friend,brandname=adwords buyer, tripadvisor=adwords buyer and google friend.
tripadvisor=adwords buyer and google friend.
July 4th-7th traffic has been terrible and although there is some rebound it looks like people are still hungover from the extra-long holiday weekend.
All my clients receive less traffic than they did 6 months ago, ranks haven't changed much, maybe a space or two up/down. What I notice is that PPC take up more vertical real estate with sitewide links and other info now displayed that push organics further down (the adds are getting much, much larger vertically).