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@Sally Stitts - It's the new very artificial intelligence from Google.They probably aimed for that but only achieved natural stupidity. That's why their SERPs suck. It is the classic conceit of relatively smart people with limited understanding of human nature -- the idea that they can anticipate what others are thinking. That's why they have Behaviour Based advertising that does not take into consideration whether the person has already made a purchase. It is a very broken system that is a far cry from the elegance of what it once was when it worked. Falling traffic is the result of this. Perhaps dropping Analytics might be an effective temporary solution? However until Google reverses the damage caused by these people or a viable alternative appears, sites will continue to be murdered.
created my own list, marketed to channels outside Google - maybe even a member only gallery that you can charge a small subscription fee for, and that Google never sees (side benefit - cuts down on scrapers)
[edited by: Sally_Stitts at 3:54 pm (utc) on May 6, 2014]
[edited by: Sally_Stitts at 6:47 pm (utc) on May 6, 2014]
In our case, it may be because of razor-sharp contextual targeting.
[edited by: wa_desert_rat at 1:30 am (utc) on May 7, 2014]