2macarena - 6:15 pm on Apr 27, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:47 pm (utc) on Apr 27, 2011]
Bewenched: I was surprised too. Here is exact message:
"Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.example.com/, We received a request from a site owner to reconsider http://www.example.com/ for compliance with Google's Webmaster Guidelines. We've reviewed your site and we believe that some or all of your pages still violate our quality guidelines. In order to preserve the quality of our search engine, pages from http://www.example.com/ may not appear or may not rank as highly in Google's search results, or may otherwise be considered to be less trustworthy than sites which follow the quality guidelines. If you wish to be reconsidered again, please correct or remove all pages that are outside our quality guidelines. When such changes have been made, please visit https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/reconsideration?hl=enand resubmit your site for reconsideration. If you have additional questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support. Sincerely, Google Search Quality Team"
Related to Panda: Did you see this at all?
I took a look at a few patents and now it's getting all clear:
1. They are always testing something so there is no stabilty in results for the most part.
2. It is no wonder when some people's long standing sites dropped. One patent says that they now collecting a database of mouse movements (hovers, etc) and clicks, on keyword and site level. They started this collection from 2007. Now they collected enough data to see patterns and they launched this Panda thing. One patented indicator for example, compares average time users spent on the site say in previous year with the new average time, say for a few past months and if users spend much less time, then this document is considered "stale" and lowered in ranking. And there are many other signals including click through rates, back button clicks, query modifications after back button, etc.
The point is that even if you did not change anything about the backlinks or your site, and it dropped it is because of the whole array of these new signals that you can def. control but it is more trickier now than, say backlinks, etc.
I am making sure I am reading up on all the Google patents now. Boy, I already learnt a huge deal of what I was doing wrong. Domains like yada-yada-bla-bla.com are no good and a lot of other stuff. This is my 5 cents, hope it helps.
[edit reason] examplified site domain name [/edit]
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:47 pm (utc) on Apr 27, 2011]