Our website (<an eCom site in a very competitive niche>) is 9 years old (registered in 2004),and currently does not have any manual penalty messages from Google in GWT.
At it's peak before April 2012, we were getting on average 2,000 unique visitors a day.
However, on the 25th April 2012 the traffic dropped to 500 visitors from 1600 the previous day 24th April 2013. Clearly the site was hit by the Penguin update. As a result the traffic has slowly dropped off to 350-400 a day.
We saw a slight increase to around 700/800 unique visitors a day, until between May 15th 2013 to May 21st 2013, when the traffic was hit again back to around 400 unique visitors a day.
Up until today the 4th November 2013 we have performed the following;
- Added new fresh content
- Asked for the removal of any external links we deemed spamming in terms of targeting anchor text
- Submitted a disavow file September 2013.
To be honest we are now at the point is it worth continuing the website and business. As you can imagine, sales have been hit hard to the point we are now making a loss.
At this current point, it appears that all the pages that were affected mainly <widget> profile pages, have recovered to page 4 of Google when search "<widget > name city". And in some cases, our pages are appearing on page 1.
Thanks for any valued comments and feedback on what we could try next to help recover.
[edited by: aakk9999 at 1:39 pm (utc) on Nov 4, 2013] [edit reason] Exemplified niche [/edit]