sandman22 - 12:50 am on Oct 17, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:51 am (utc) on Oct 17, 2011]
Hey all, I'm curious if any of you have a lot of "redirects" on your site. There is a rumor the Oct 14th update hammered sites with redirects and/or affiliate links that redirect. My site that got hurt does, because of some specific/relevant affiliate links that my readers would often click on and takes them to a product on Amazon or Ebay they may be interested in purchasing.
Another thing I noticed, is I'm getting a lot of "Canada" and "UK" results in the US google.com serps now.. Not sure why, as most the American visitors want to buy in the USA, so thought that was kind of weird. Perhaps this is something they're going to fix.
Another funky thing I noticed is that the wrong pages of my website are ranking for the wrong keywords. It's like Google is ignoring my title tags and isn't sure which page to show them in the serps.. For example I have a page about Blue Mobile Widget xx model, instead they show my Red Mobile Widget jy model. Or perhaps that particular page has a steeper penalty (or removed completely) for some reason, so wasn't able to show the most relevant page related to the searches query (which is a bad experience for the searcher in my opinion).
Also, my sites had all links nicely laid out to every page of my website in the footer section (for easy navigation and to show pages they could also be interested in). So I may have 80 links on my footer for example for my 80 page website going to each page on my site. I consider this completely white hat as it helps with my sites navigation, however is it possible Google is mistakenly thinking this is either "keyword stuffing" or "duplicate content" (because this footer navigational menu is on every page), even though it's just a harmless site navigational links on my website's footer?
What ever it is and those that weren't effected may disagree, I seriously think there was a major flaw in this recently Panda update that happened a few days ago..
If others can let me know if any of the above scenarios were also on your site, please let me know.. Lets work together and figure out why Google penalized is (whether its warranted or not).
[edit reason] fixed typo at poster's request [/edit]
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:51 am (utc) on Oct 17, 2011]