tristanperry - 9:39 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
@walkman: Same. My main site (it's only ~13 months old but was getting more and more popular) seen traffic rise with every panda iteration, but something's happened today: traffic is nowhere near where it has been in recent days and weeks.
It's weird since yesterday seen a near-record traffic day (perhaps 35-40% higher than the Sept 2011 average), and now today's dead (will be lucky to be at 25% of the recent daily average).
The site's all unique and quality content, and until now it's seen traffic rise with each panda update (one or two of the updates seen the site get ~30% rises in traffic; rises which never went away). If this is somewhat permanent/panda related, I'll probably just look to change my business model since I took no shortcuts with this site and it's got great content (some expert level content etc).. I can't think how I can improve on it (or the business model from a quality perspective).
More info on the site:
* 100% unique content
* ~70 pages
* Words per page varies (anything from around 400 to 1,300)
* Does sometimes get scraped/its content stolen, but I tend to DMCA quickly and it's under control
* I don't think I've had any set SERP penalty. A keyword which I ranked #1-#2 at, I'm now at #6 for. A keyword which I ranked on #6-7 for, I'm now at #13-#14. Seems to be a general deranking but nothing set like -30/-50.
* I have 1 Google ad on article pages (i.e. not on category pages which contain ~300-400 words of content, nor the homepage).
Ah well. Que sera sera. If this is permanent/panda related (and not just the panda flux Matt Cutts warned about), it just means I'm late to the conclusion which many webmasters have reached: Relying on Google is stupid.
In-fact I think I'll stick to that conclusion even if things recover.