carfac - 1:18 pm on Jul 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
I have gotten a feeling of paranoia recently, with regard to Goog...
I run a clean site. It is a large, informational site. Sure, I have links to Amazon and such where appropriate, but I make most of my income from ads. My site is deep, with about 110K main topics covered. From each of those, there is probably 4-6 sub pages. Original content, no penalties ever. Been on the web over ten years, and generally considered an authority site I guess.
So, since March, I have seen a slow but steady bleed off of referrals from Goog. Late April there was a big hit- maybe 15 % in a week right there. I look at my logs, and I see it continuing, albeit a bit slower.... but still loosing traffic.
So I have not been sitting idly by. I have gone over my site, and refined it. I have made my meta tags much more accurate and on point. I redesigned my title tags to be more informative (took out the site name, added what I considered more pertinent info). With 110K pages, it is a little hit and miss with my CMS to get accurate tags across all my different data types, but I think I have done well in that regard.
I crawl my site, and make XML feeds of my updated pages for Goog, and give them to her. I have also added a new series of pages (on the order of 110K x 4) so there is new, fresh stuff.
Goog is taking the feeds. They show 878K pages sent, 420K in google, which is higher that it ever has been. A "site:my.site" check on Goog shows 106 results (a month ago, this was 130K, a year ago, 200K)> I have addressed most concerns in Web Master Tools (dup titles, dup meta tags), have no crawl errors. Goog shows 30K pages a day crawled, and this looks to be headed up, while my time spent to d/l a page is dropping.
It seems like I am doing everything right, and I am still bleeding traffic. I am at a loss of what to do. If someone would care to see my site, I am happy to PM it to you. ANy ideas what I can do?