Lenny2 - 4:21 pm on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
OK guys and gals here is my example.. I hope it helps... AND BTW, there are a ton of people asking for the positive side of the story... is there anybody out there?
We dropped 35% in total traffic, all google... which means we probably lost 50% of our google traffic.
We are an e commerce site
90% hand written content
Old website, been around since 2003
Our traffic came from both highly competitive key terms AND from long tail... we lost both...
Our site was built to help google determine which pages were what. We spent a great deal of time with making sure we were very clear to Google what each page was about... for both the traffic and for the user experience.
The insulting part of all of this is that google claims that the search results are better: "have you noticed better Google search results..." But, like many people in this forum are complaining about, there are many key terms in our industry that are ranking sites that scraped their content directly from us. In fact at least one that I saw even has a very subtle link posting back to our original content which is now on the 2nd or 3rd page.