Frost_Angel - 4:56 pm on Oct 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
I assume my site was hit by Panda because over night - around April 10th or 11th - my traffic was cut in half. Instantly.
I was able to survive with just have the traffic - barely. Had to let my two employees go, cut my pay down to a quarter of what it was....
But I have spent hours - every damn day..... trying to figure out what it is Panda doesn't like. I see what is ranking - and by no mean in this a whine-fest - but some in the top en should have been hit by Panda, Penguin, EMD and ATF penalties. It's laughable.
Now... whatever came out September 28th - nailed me. Again. My numbers were halved again.
So I finally bite the bullet and just do a a *very* thoughtful and detailed reconsideration request. Comes back with the whole "unnatural linking or link scheme" blah blah blah.
So I take a look because honestly - I never bothered to mess with backlinks. I just let it do it'd thing. I see crap directories, non-english sites, sitewide blogroll links (that look legit - but we know now that we can't have those - bad bad bad).
If I go to open site explorer - and compare my site to two that are ranking - a spank their little crappy web booties. So I don't get it. I made Panda/Google angry and it seems almost pointless trying.