brinked - 8:38 am on Dec 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
I am posting this because I know a lot of people are frustrated by panda. What we dont see being discussed a lot is starting from scratch. I know it is hard to think of, you put so much into your site, you dont want to start over.
I purchased a site 2 months ago that was hit by panda. I got a great price on it because the guy was desperate to sell as he lost more and more traffic with each panda iteration. I figured it still makes money and if it can recover, I am sitting on a gold mine (it made 6 figures a month in its hay day).
Anyway, the script was a disaster, I decided to scrap the entire script, keep the articles and import the articles into a modified version of wordpress.
Just now as I type this the website just received a 600% increase in traffic. Now, I have yet to put any ads back on it yet and I dont know if that will cause it to fall back into panda and this just did recover so it might be a temporary thing but it has a bunch of new rankings and its a very exciting feeling.
My point is, why arent more people starting over, or making drastic changes? Forget changing bits and pieces and redo your core script and try to make it better? Has anyone tried this?
Being that this site has a loyal readership, I am only going to show ads to logged in members to avoid panda for now. If this recovery is for real, I will start deploying a few ads throughout the site slowly and cautiously.