Tallon - 4:39 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have a handful of quick reference pages that are very useful for my readers/visitors (on one particular site), but the search traffic hits it and is gone within 20, 25 seconds (since I have the info laid out step-by-step on one page without any bs as filler). I have no doubt that the visitors get exactly what they need.
Now some of these pages have thousands of search visitors a day (they rank high and have for a few years), and because the solutions on these pages can be looked up by a wide group of people, only a fraction of them would ever be interested in browsing around this particular site.
I question the wisdom of allowing these reference pages to sit in google's index. They're very well done and complete, exactly the page you would want to reach when looking for this info. They're referred to regularly by my readers. However, the traffic to these pages is so high that it does affect my overall time on site and pageviews/visitor stats.
I've paused developing these types of pages because the more successful they are, the more they bring down my overall stats. What I could do is no-index them so at least my regulars will have access to them, but then the competitors and content farms who cherry-pick my content to mix-master for their sites will get the content ideas, links and traffic.
So I'm in a quandry. Can pages be TOO GOOD? Can some topics be TOO POPULAR for too wide a group and ding and dent your site in the end?