Frost_Angel - 4:25 pm on Jun 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
I feel your pain. I too have a site that has always been an authority in it's niche and for good reason. Well researched and well written content, lots of resources etc...
Unfortunately April 11th I lost 80% of my traffic. Overnight. I'm not a "get rich" type - I simply just want to be able to earn income that allows me to be home with my kids (mom of two). And this Panda ordeal is making me feel like i need to update my resume and head back out job hunting.
I am frustrated because I have taken a hatchet to my site trying to cut out this PANDA CANCER. (Or should I call it PANCER?) But my site is now on life support. Nothing helps.
Awesome backlinks....doesn't help.
More quality content...doesn't help.
Site redesign, better code, cleaner pages and navigation and load speed optimized...doesn't help.
Check for duplicate content....none there...still, doesn't help.
More social media (Twitter/FB stupid crap)...doesn't help.
One ad per page....doesn't help.
More visitor interaction (blog comments/polls/whatever)...doesn't help.
Basic SEO....doesn't help.
Reinclusion submission....doesn't help.
High bounce rates on certain pages....fixed, doesn't help.
Hacking out low traffic pages via deletion, noindex...or whatever "proper" method of the moment (and I mean MOMENT for sure! Don't blink!)....doesn't help.
None of this helps. I will clarify by saying I am in NO way an SEO expert. I'm not and I don't want to be. I just want things to be fair. And this isn't a cry-baby post either. I see what is ranking in the top ten for my main keywords and I pown them all! So this just sucks.
I feel like Google is trying to create it's "perfect" internet race and well....I don't fit their "profile". LOL
Supposedly they LOVE their new algo and all that Panda brings to the table - so consider yourself screwed - I know I do.
Wish I could be more brilliantly positive - but I see NO recovery, not even minimal increments.