driller41 - 12:27 pm on May 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
Curious is, that u deleted thin content pages. Cause I see mainly thin pages outrank the high content sites.
Maybe your pages had another problem besides to be thin content.
Yes I was pleased to see that very little work was needed to fix at least one site, I now have a roadmap of what to do on other sites, by deleting the inner pages I have of course not got an exact reason for the drops but this was meant as an experiment. I was never happy with the inner pages and always thought that boilerplate inner pages would get nuked eventually hence my focus on this aspect of the pages.
Yes there could be another reason for the drops other than thin content - keyword over-optimisation is much more apparent if there is little content to support it for example.
So, if someone does point bad links at a competitor, it may well not do any harm unless there is something else already wrong on site or with other elements of the link profile.
I agree with this 100% Jez123