londrum - 11:18 am on Dec 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
i've finally managed to get a bit of traffic back that i lost last April. the thing that helped me is a bit obvious, but it passed me by for six months.
i just stuck a load more keywords onto the page (and i mean 'loads') -- more header titles, bold text, image filenames -- real old-school stuff like that. the kind of stuff that i thought went out years ago.
my pages have never been very heavy in that kind of stuff, just normal amounts, and they always managed to rank okay. but when panda hit in april i took a dive.
i tried loads of stuff to get my traffic back (speeding up page load times... moving to dedicated hosting... reducing bounce rate...) and i got bits and pieces back, but not all of it.
after looking carefully at all my competitors this month, i noticed that most of them are spamming keywords on the page. so i stuck a load more on mine, thinking that i've tried everything else, so i may as well give it a go, and lo and behold it worked!
i wouldn't go so far as to say that i'm spamming keywords now, but i've definitely beefed it up a lot. it's easily the one thing that's helped me the most.
i'm not sure that's a very good advert for panda... but i'm not complaining.