JesterMagic - 3:13 pm on Dec 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have a 9 year old site that was doing well in its niche. Every year I would get a bit more traffic based on new quality content added. Over the years I have had links point to my content from a number of major news organizations.
Well in April thanks to Penguin I lost half of my traffic over night. Since then I have tried a number of things to recover and have seen my traffic increase by about 10% but since the end of Nov I am back to where I was before.
About half of my articles refer to other articles on other sites. I always included a link to these articles and the content was never copied or rewritten. Usually we offered a counter point to the article or expanded on what they already was talking about.
I always included a link back because I wanted to give the original author the props they deserve for writing about the topic/idea.
I have started to wonder if some of these links (there are hundreds since the site is large) may be hurting my site in the Google Algo. I am considering changing most of my outbound links to rel="nofollow". It is not something I want to do but ...
I notice a number of sites seem to add nofollow to all outbound links. Has anyone done this lately and seen an improvement in traffic?