I have a site I have been working on for about 5 years now. In the last 2-4 months, there positioning in Google has really taken a plunge. Does great in Yahoo and MSN, but taking a big hit in Google.
I am debating cleaning house and asking for reinclusion...but wanted some of your throughts first.
1/ Some terms still do well, but a lot of terms I have been focusing on for years have really dropped...from page 1-2 to page 5-10.
2/ We do link exchanges (have a links page) but all very related content.
3/ We write a lot industry help articles in which we submit to article sites to get spread out online which link back to the site.
4/ We do directory submissions.
5/ We do have a set of landing pages (for seo, customers and even PPC). A lot more information about certain topics than the navigation pages on the site. These are links in the footer.
6/ Google is still indexing all of the pages in our site, we have a Pagerank of 3 or 4 on most of our pages, including our landing and links pages. Google is also still counting our backlinks.
If there is a penalty, I am thinking it could be the following issues:
- Links Page?
- Landing Pages?
- Directory Submissions? - I actually found this week that out of our 2,500 backlinks from Google Webmaster Tools, 2000 of them are from two directories I submitted to back in September. Possibly fast increase in backlinks?
My question is if I should remove all landing pages and remove the links page? I have already got my site off one of the problem directories, working on the other. After that, explain what I did and ask for the penalty to be removed?