sugarvalley - 8:20 pm on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 8:56 pm (utc) on May 24, 2013]
To begin, my heart goes out to anyone who was hurt due to no fault of their own by the recent algorithmic changes.
Things turned negative for my site on May 7th. Prior to that, my rankings were decent (pages 1 and 2) for about a dozen high traffic keywords. On the 7th, the high traffic keywords dropped completely, while the long tailed keywords (usually went to less important pages on the site) held steady.
Unfortunately since the drop, my site (9 years old, very well optimized, no spam, no ads) has suffered from a massive drop in traffic/sales - so much that it is stressing the heck out of me. I never engaged in spam, posting links on chat boards/forums, linking schemes, etc.. In other words, no unethical behavior. The most I ever did was the occasional guest blog post on sites that were somewhat related to my industry. Checking my inbounds, there appears to be very little spammy looking sites linking to me. Most (90%+) of the sites I have never seen before and they are linking to me without my knowledge or approval.
To summarize, the most important pages on my site have vanished from the SEs, while my less important pages continue to rank decent. I am scared because this is how I make a living, and without the orders, I'm dead in the water.
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[edited by: tedster at 8:56 pm (utc) on May 24, 2013]