bbel121 - 11:21 pm on Jul 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thanks guys. I just spent the past two hours doing the 301 redirects for the site that I had up for the month of doom pointed back to the old site which is now my site again.
So that really leaves the question open it seems on recovery...
Since those 3 or 4 pages were soft 404s...what can I do from here?
Each of those URLs still have 250+ links pointing to each of them according to my webmaster tools. So the links are still there and I would assume the anchor text that they have must be the same.
So that leads me to a couple other questions/thoughts...
1) Do you think there is any value in submitting a reconsideration report to google explaining what happened to see if they will somehow make me authoritative for those pages again? As I am quite sure that if I get that, then 25% traffic drop I experienced will be reclaimed by those keywords being directed to those pages again. So is it worth a try and any tips?
2) Based upon the thinking the backlinks are to those URLs, do I rewrite those pages and will that help it recapture the rank sine now it is new content again with a bunch of backlinks? Since I wrote the best articles before, I know I can rewrite them again. I just hope it will be different enough for Google to take as new content.
3) Since it has only been two weeks since reverting back to the old site(but things have got much worse the past 4 days) do I just sit tight for another two weeks and see what happens?
Or maybe you have another idea that I am totally missing due to delirium of not sleeping from this this past 7 weeks.