backdraft7 - 1:34 pm on Sep 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
@tedster - I'm not trying to debunk the "throttle" theory, or say you are wrong, I'm just playing devil's advocate:
From what Drall is saying, he has "thousands" of pages that rank for X. Is the site in question some type of ezine or content aggregation site? My site is about 150 pages that leads on a specific niche topic, one that is being aggregated more and more each day. So perhaps this is why I am seeing nearly the opposite effect. My site went from a natural sine wave pattern, to a "spikey" sine wave with definite on and off periods.
And now the further question comes up - why would some domains be given this treatment?
It's just my delusion, but perhaps G is trying to keep "massive" fast growing, thin content sites from clogging up the serps. Google may not like sites with thousands of pages of thin content on every topic imaginable, designed solely for Adsense monetization that is spread across an entire domain. I could name a few, but I think everyone knows what I mean. Getting a bone thrown at them from social sites would then result in a temporary blackout, and that would actually be understandable, yet still not a fair practice by G.
Just another example of being "kept down by the man" - lol
@drall - I'd like to see the affected site, please feel free to correct my assumption.