I want to thank you for your loving community, been browsing around for quit a bit but did not find what i´m looking for. I´m trying to figure out if our site has been penalised.
Our rank over the last 8-9 months has decreased drastically, we normally don´t focus much on off page SEO. We get 5-100´s of links for each post we publish and we used to rank quit high for many competitive keywords in our niche.
But since about February our rankings started to drop. Our site is clean, very fast and high quality content is published. But still we see this decrease. We have [U]not[/U] gotten any message in Google Webmaster Tools.
For example for a keyword we went from having the top 3 spots on google to 4-5th page. What we do have is 4-6 ads above the fold, so i´m wondering if that might trigger the lower rank.
Penguin update was on 22nd of May, two days before you lost the traffic, so I am wondering whether this could be connected (e.g. Google test bed subset).
What was the spike somewhere early/mid Feb? From your graph it seems to me that your traffic drop on 15th of March pretty much returned to levels the traffic was before this spike. Could it be connected?
We get 5-100´s of links for each post we publish and we used to rank quit high for many competitive keywords in our niche
Are these links organic? What is the anchor text for these links - is it keyword rich or just URL/click here ?