Content_ed - 2:16 am on Dec 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
Two more questions if you don't mind.
First, did you ever try moving pages or domains back where they started after the traffic dropped again.
Second, when the traffic was reduced for pages on a new domain within a month, was it reduced to roughly the same level as before the move, or higher/lower. I don't ask about subdomains because you mentioned they stayed a little higher and I'm not using them in any case.
Oh, and another second question. Since the timing of the drop was variable, did you notice if it ever coincided with Panda updates? They were reported to be happening pretty frequently over the summer.
I did a little more page moving tonight just to complete a subject grouping. I'm not unhappy with how the sites are organized for humans at this point, so even if they get pushed back down where they were before the move, I'll keep them where they are.
Oh, and final second question. Did you ever see a recovery at the next Panda update for a site you moved the pages away from? That's the part of this experiment that attracts me the most since my sites aren't large to start with, and I'm moving whole subjects. It would be funny if Panda looked at the Left Behind content on a site and let it out of purgatory because it had an issue with the pages that moved on.