Content_ed - 3:01 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
I ran a comparison of our Google traffic on Monday vs. a year ago Monday (pre-Panda), and we're actually up around 10% and back over 10K Google visitors. Well over half of that traffic is coming from a few dozen formerly authoritative pages I 301'd to my hobby site and to a brand new site.
From a business standpoint, we aren't back to "normal" because a good 25% or 30% of the visitors today are for my hobby pages that are drawing as 5X as many visitors as they did before getting Pandalized, recovering, and then getting Panda love in two different updates.
I can't get excited about the fact that it's over ten weeks since I started with the "abandon ship" experiment, Google could still slap the sites down next week or next year. I no longer consider Internet search to be one of the legs our business stands on, so I don't worry about it.
On the positive side, the Google traffic to the existing hobby pages on my hobby site has been falling off a bit as the business related content ramps up. That could just be an effect of the balance of subject matter on the site shifting away from the hobby to the business. The organic links were shifted to the business content in the first transfer, since those pages had an order of magnitude more (and better) links than any of the hobby pages.
I'm also no closer to "knowing" why any of the sites were Pandalized in the first place. I suspect offsite duplicate content (infringements) that we were particularly susceptible to, some of which pre-dated Google on the worst Pandalized site. Even though I did an extensive DMCA clean-up, I left the worst infringed pages on the Pandalized sites, and reworded some of the pages I did move for safety's sake. All four sites now have identical layout, HTML, aesthetics, etc, so it's none of those issues unless Panda has a many month time-out before rechecking.