Sgt_Kickaxe - 3:08 pm on Oct 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
I saw the number of my incoming links drop by 90% in GWT a couple of weeks before losing 50% of my traffic to the last Panda iteration. Many of my incoming links use part my sites name in the anchor text and it seems I can not currently rank for that term despite the fact that my reconsideration request was met with a "there are no manual penalties" reply.
My sites content did NOT change yet it was suddenly worth only 50% of the traffic from Google. I'd say that's an issue on their end, not mine, wouldn't you?
I'm not dancing with Google anymore, I'm removing Google instead. I've had enough worrying and this last iteration was the last straw for me, stress causes grey hairs at best and wow did my sites get FASTER without the G products. I reserve the right to reconsider, if it makes sense down the road, but for now I feel quite free. You don't realize how much stress comes with each individual Google product until you don't have to worry about it.
Am I using analytics properly? is my site fast enough? Is my SEO ok with Google? do I have too many adsense units? too few? is my google search box still picking the best pages from my site? Am I doing anything that Google will not like? etc. etc. etc..... FORGET that noise and just write good content! It's Google's problem to figure it out, not yours.