Robert_Charlton - 8:03 am on Jul 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
We get rid of links google found in last two months.
If the inbound links are OK, why get rid of them?
Why did you give those pages a noindex robots meta tag in the first place - that is, why didn't you want to see them in the search results?
We discussed this question at length in another thread...
PR Sculpting Doesn't Work and Internal NoFollow Can Harm Your Site
I never got a clear answer to the question either. Initially I believe it was intended to increase crawl budget by getting pages duped on other sites out of the index.
The OP raised the question in his 1st July 1 post, msg #4162660. It's my feeling that noindex by itself shouldn't have caused the problem, though who knows what so much simultaneous change to so many aspects of the site might do.
curioustoddler's feedback is inconsistent on the effects of noindex, first suggesting that the technique was successful and the number of indexed pages increased...
...my indexed pages have gone up three times after putting those listings in noindex...
...and now thinking this was the cause of a -50 penalty.
I will say that whatever you do, curioustoddler, do it carefully and systematically. Try one thing at a time and give the changes plenty of time to take effect. Evaluate the effects of each separate change before going on to the next. Also, have some idea yourself of why you're making these changes. Eagerness to try stuff is not a good enough reason.