Frost_Angel - 8:24 pm on Jan 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
I was hit by Panda on April 12th (approx.) - I've had SEO people tell me it wasn't Panda - but I feel like it was.
I have done many things to my site to help recovery - but for nine months it hasn't gotten better. My site ranked well for many of it's keywords for 10+ years. Never an issue. No black hat, original content - blah blah blah.
I've even submitted three reconsideration requests and I get nothing back that says I'm violating TOS or guidelines.
My question is....
If I were ranking for two keyword phrases beforePanda - and ranking well - bouncing around SERP page 1 and page 2 --- and now post Panda I rank the same +100 spots, that's a penalty, right? Like some kind of OO penalty? Or maybe a BLOOP penalty? (I'm using terms I read here at WW, but by no means do I understand it all.)
Because if I ranked #16 at the beginning of April and now for the last 9 months rank #116 and the page that ranks isn't even my HOME page - then it seems "penalty-like". Am I right?
And if it is a penalty - is there nothing you can do? It's just "go to jail - do not pass go"?
Thanks in advance for your time. I know this is a major NOOB question.