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Sounds like Google started showing something above your organic results on Sep 15 - 17.
joined:Sept 16, 2016
I hate to be that type of guy, but do these groups of people who assume that Google is actually making the quality of organic worse, so that they drive users to PPC have a point?
If other webmasters are dealing with the issue, I can only wonder how long this can continue until it implodes.
I'm noticing that lots of people are having good/bad days at the same time, but some people are having positive experiences at the same time as other people's negative experiences, and vis-versa.
Of course, Google doesn't want you to know what they're doing so they are probably also running A/B/C/D tests on number of results per page, number of ad slots, shopping and image widget placement, etc at the same time. They probably threw in a Panda tweak too.