1script - 5:40 pm on Aug 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
I read quite often here that people should not just jump to conclusions upon loosing some Google referrals. That your site is more likely to be algorithmically downgraded rather than penalized outright. Yet it's hard not to think of being penalized when the traffic drops to ZERO, (as in zilch).
Still, I wanted to put this out as a request for opinions: does anyone on this respectable board think that there's any chance at all that any algorithmic change (Panda or otherwise) can lead to a complete loss of Google referrals?
Here is why I ask: last night many of my sites (but not all, to keep me guessing, perhaps) have been hit real hard. Today I see no G referrals at all. The affected sites are based on the same software but are not interlinked, all in different niches, obviously different content and use different templates.
My reasoning goes something like this: an algo change can easily hit multiple sites because it gets applied to the entire system. A harsh penalty like the outright banning I got seems to be more of a manual thing and therefore my sites would be dropping sequentially, not en masse.
Anyone sees a problem with this line of thinking? A thought of an algo that can be tasked with banning sites is unbearable, something like sending an automated drone on a kill mission without human supervision.