Marketing_Guy - 9:27 am on Mar 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
@Marketing Guy were you receiving traffic to those pages before (the ones you removed) you were Panda bitten? Also, how long did it take for you to see recovery?
There were different types of content;
1. Panda hit articles. Yes they were bringing in traffic previously. Some had IBLs, some didn't.
2. Discussion forum (bulk of the URLs - 40k or so). The forum sub directory wasn't Panda hit when the rest of the site was. Lots of threads ranked well and brought in traffic continously.
There was an overall net gain in traffic to the article content (10% was removed, so lost rankings there, but overall gain due to improved rankings via site redesign and possibly 301s). The removal of the forum saw some traffic loss to those pages, but they only ever contributed 20% of the total traffic to the site.
Overall the site traffic is 5-10% down compared to this time last year. Organic referrals only 2-6% down.
If you look at pageviews, excluding the forum, compared to same time period last year they are about the same (although the comparison starts to fail due to increase social media activity this year and various other factors changing).
Implemented fix early January - recovery on Sunday 26th Feb. Site still has 3k pages indexed (realistic figure should be 1/3 of that) - Google has indexed & dropped around 40k URLs (all 301) in that time.