Content_ed - 7:27 pm on Jan 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
OK, as I commented on the January Serp thread, there's something new going on. The native pages on my Panda beloved hobby site saw big traffic boosts over the last week. Looking at the Alexa data for week over week, the top 5 native pages are up:
1 - 150%
2 - 62%
3 - 26%
4 - 40%
5 - 26%
while the top 5 301'd pages are up (down):
1 - (-1%)
2 - 7%
3 - 2%
4 - 7%
5 - 8%
A human being visiting the site would see no difference between these pages except the subject, visual elements are identical. Yet Google clearly treated the native pages better than the transplants, so I took another look and came up with one difference. The 301'd pages each had a nofollowed link to an order page I'd brought over, since we are in the widgets business.
Maybe Google has decided to hate nofollow's, maybe they've decided to hate simple order pages. In any case, I decided to move another small batch of pages over from our other Pandalized site today and add a simple shopping cart, maybe Google likes those more:-)
I'm embarassed to be adding another couple factors to the experiment at this late date, but after a month and a half, I'm tired of waiting on Panda to revisit. Besides, I've heard that some of the people who did subdomain moves didn't get hammered down again in the next Panda update, but months later.
I'm leaving the other domain in the experiment alone since I don't really have any more pages that fit with the theme anyway.