mantucket - 6:08 am on Apr 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
Has anyone posted a flowchart of what you should do to diagnose a google traffic halt? It seems like there are quite a few rules, but with this step towards informing webmasters, combined with a few other things matt cutts has said recently, it is suddenly possible to make progress figuring out what happened, by process of elimination.
For example, if you send a reconsideration request and after 5 days have not got a 'non-manual' response, you can safely assume it's a filter and expect to get some hint about what is tripping the filter.
If you dont get such a response, it's either a manual penalty or error on your site. If it's a manual penalty, then after several weeks you should get a message saying either a) your site still violates our rules (but no hint about why) or b) traffic will be restored.
Similarly you can probably use a few tests to tell if you've been hit by an alg change....
I'm thinking I could take a shot at drawing out the diagnostic flowchart - but does such a diagram already exist?