walkman - 7:18 pm on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: walkman at 7:23 pm (utc) on Jul 8, 2011]
Another. My books are published and sold through various ways. So, it makes sense, that since I get royalties from my books, that I'd link to amazon, where they are sold. But wait. Am I being penalized because I have two links that look like affiliate links to my OWN books?
You probably are not, at least not directly. You are entitled to make a living.
However, until many sites come back and we see a trend all advice is based on what ifs and maybes. Some of them may not make any sense but it wouldn't be the first time that search engines haven't made sense. It all depends what margin of error they were willing to tolerate and how much that margin of error hurts them.
The other hopeful option is that Google has gotten it wrong, your site isn't worthy of 50-80+% traffic drop and Google will refine it...one day. Maybe you already fixed your site and Google is purposefully delaying any comeback for almost all, but that touches a nerve, especially since Google is denying it. It's also boring, fatalist--you depend on what Google does--and we have no proof, so we're back to #1.
It could be that your page is perfect for what you ranked but Google is measuring the wrong signals, at least for your site, so you are deemed a low quality site. Talk to the robot as they say, Google may or may not adjust them. So I summarized Panda without saying anything conclusive. Such is the state, IMO.
Maybe in 6-12-24-36-48 months Google will give us some other helpful hint.
Personally I'd lower any expectations, I think with Panda, Google has knowingly crossed the Rubicon.
[edited by: walkman at 7:23 pm (utc) on Jul 8, 2011]