IMangel - 5:36 am on Apr 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi tedster, thanks for the speedy response. My blog traffic actually took a dip around October last year (2010) and has recovered slightly. Prior to the drop in traffic, I was ranking #1 for two major keyword phrases for about 5 years.
After October 2010 and Panda, one of the keywords phrases is stuck at #2. Interestingly, I can also be found at #3 and #4. In spite of these multiple listings, I am experiencing a 25% drop in monthly traffic. There's still something to be said for a #1 position in Google. What baffles me is that the current #1 site has less authority content-wise and only 25% of the number of back links that my site has.
I've decided to disable the Stick Post plug-in to see if that helps.
Also, I already use a Wordpress anti-spam plug-in but am reluctant to turn the blog comments back on. They mostly seem to be from service providers and vendors in that industry and tend to be very promotional, adding no value to the conversation.
I see the Facebook sharing and liking plug-ins as an alternative to the blog comments and many of my Wordpress pages are widely shared and liked on FB.