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dang, no changes on my end. i've had steadily declining traffic since dec 2012. I was sure it was Panda 21. Seems to be something else. Just weird how each month is lower and lower. Like clock work.
They are not only taking up all the first page organic results, but they are all taking up the first page advertising spots too + Google Shopping on the first page.
it's very easy for us to forget that Google is far, far more than just about ecom, from a searcher's point of view
True, but not everyone searching in Google is looking to buy. So while people who are buying might not care how much choice they are given, people who are looking for information do care, and they won't stick with Google forever if the current trend continues.
Google will just revert back to more choice for info searches and come out with a "we listened to our searchers, we're giving you more choice".