@indyink, most themes get a page or two of comments. And I agree entirely, that I hate adding ANYTHING for the sake of Google. We've even removed functionality for the sake of Google.
My users experience means a lot to me. I work hard to win the artists loyalty.
@tedster, that was at first my entire focus. Bounce rate went down to 30% and from the webmasters I know in the niche, theirs is closer to 60! Page view is 12 I believe and 8 minutes average visit.
Our fb page has 50,000 likes but now feel that should have gone to my site not the page? I will work more on having users share content too.
When I put all the pieces of the puzzle together, it seemed very likely that the 56 home pages, along with tens of thousands of other similar issues, was likely to be the culprit.
Largely because we avoided Panda and then after an upgrade to the buggy version of the CMS, the site was hit on next refresh.
But what really oinks me, is despite what I consider amazing improvements in user metrics, fix after fix, traffic has continued to decline.
I'm going to focus further on user metrics and attempt to make them even better. If I can get a 20% bounce rate ill be happy.
I've also got an idea, for changing my sites architecture. Will post it when I get to my pc. (online via iPhone ATM)
Thanks to you both for your advice.