TheMadScientist - 8:29 pm on Nov 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
TMS - it feels good when someone does a detailed analysis, than just posting 'do this' 'do that'. BIG THANK YOU!
NP, Glad I could help.
Is there any ballpark figure available on how long will it take Google to really start trusting us?
None, that I know, but 'trust' (overall) 'cascades' much like PageRank, so inbound links from trusted sites coupled with the fact the problem has been fixed and great visitor experience signals, in my opinion, should help to rebuild that faster than 'just waiting'.
One of the biggest issues these days with drops in rankings is there are so many sites to choose from, once you get 'dinged' or 'slip up' it's tougher to make a comeback than it used to be, so I would say patience, quality inbound links from trusted sites, a great visitor experience and no more 'issues' are the keys to recovering in your situation.
Another thing I would always recommend is taking the numbers reported in WMT (for anything) with a grain of salt ... It's notoriously buggy, so I personally always try to stick with 'relative' and 'directional' when possible.
IOW: If your not selected pages are not increasing, to me, that's a way better indicator of what's going on than the overall number, and, along the same lines, if the number of selected pages is not decreasing relative to the number of not selected pages that's what I would work with more than the actual number.
A couple of quick examples are:
If I had 100,000 pages 'selected' and 1,000,000 pages 'not selected' but thought there were only 60,000 pages that should really exist and be indexed.
I would not worry if:
Selected pages dropped to 50,000 and not selected dropped to 500,000 when traffic stayed [relatively] constant.
Selected pages increased to 150,000 and not selected increased to 1,100,000 or even stayed at 1,000,000.
Selected pages stayed at 100,000 and not selected increased to 1,100,000 or even jumped to 1,500,000, but traffic stayed [relatively] constant.
I would worry if:
Selected pages dropped to 90,000, not selected increases to 1,100,000 and traffic began decreasing.