textex - 8:44 pm on Sep 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
I know we have some sort of penalty as a result of dodgy links. We received a notification in WMT some time ago and have not ranked above 50 for main money terms way before Penguin. We were good on long-tail. In fact, we were getting more traffic with long-tail than money terms...until Penguin. Once Penguin hit, our money terms fell to 150+ and we lost about 1/2 of our long-tail. For inner pages, some we rank well for all targeted terms, while others will only rank for a few targeted terms (we rank top 10 for keyword keyword2 keyword3, but 150+ for keyword keyword2).
We made a bunch of changes (cleaned up links, etc) but have not seen much good or bad results with these mini Panda refreshes. Two steps forward, one step back, two steps back, one step forward and so on. Never really moving more than + or - 10.
I've been debating internally for some time...is the above Penguin? Panda? Or something else?