johnhh - 8:21 pm on Jun 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Its Day 54 for us - and the story so far..
For our main site: traffic still dropping, but googlebot visiting more than last month..
Noindexed any pages that may be considered thin or duplicate, rewritten hundreds of description tags, removed adsense and put it back again (any money welcome ), 301'd any old pages that shouldn't be there anyway, run A/B tests on pages, added content to any pages felt as "weak" to add empthasis. Removed code which was showing hidden link as advert graphic was not showing , as supplied by a third party server. Added new content. Changed font sizes, changed section index pages. Downloaded Chrome is see if any clues in that.
Offloaded all possible overheads, including staff.
And still competitors with boiler plate pages saying "we don't have info on blue widgets please email us a description of a blue widget" rank above our nice fresh articles on blue widgets.
We are not greedy - some sites have better articles on some topics, all we ask is a fair crack of the whip.
Oddly our other sites which haven't been touched for months still have the same traffic and slightly better income than before.
Also our main site has some pages still ranking high in postions 1-6, any new content seems to get lost.
Also, and finally you will be glad to read, we get +/- 10% variance in traffic over a week rather than +/- 30%.