Planet13 - 10:46 pm on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hi there, Everyone:
haven't been around much because I am basically running around from hole to hole trying to patch up this leaking boat before another hole springs...
I need some help figuring out which of google's algorithm changes hates me the most, and try to come up with an idea about what to do with it.
One of our landing pages used to get about 150 entrances a day.
From about April 18th to May 4th of this year it dropped down to less than 20 per day. It has staid at less than 20 per day since then.
It's hard to give an exact date of when the drops happened. The traffic graph looks like something of a descending staircase.
that period covers Panda 3.5, Penguin 1.0, Panda 3.6, and April 52-Pack (a term used by SEOmoz... don't know if anyone else uses that term).
How do I figure out which update(s) hit us?
It looks like ALL of those hit us, with the "final blow" occurring between May 1 and May 4.
How do I figure out what to do?
Also, there is reference in these forums to the "don't seo your site, dude" patent, where google says that if your rankings drop and they see you improve your site so that users might find it more helpful, google reserves the right to make your rankings worse.
I haven't really touched that page since rankings went through the floor. Is it too soon to maybe try and DE-optimize the page / make it more user friendly? Or is it still too soon since early May to try and do something to get rankings back?
Thanks in advance.
(P.S. I have tried reinclusion requests, and they keep saying their is no MANUAL penalty, so it must be an algorithm thing.