Zivush - 5:15 am on May 31, 2013 (gmt 0)
Maybe something has changed?
This is a possible Panda (or Penguin) recovery concept - "Stop linking from one siteís sector to another."
This is only an observation which hasnít been proved yet by anyone (but it is good as any other speculation).
What I have seen since the first Panda hit until the latest Penguin round is that some big sites have changed their siteís structure in order to escape Google algorithm updates.
It started 2 years ago when Matt Cuts advised one of the big content farms to segment their site by dividing it to subdomains for every writer.
They followed his advice. Other similar sites went for the same structure as well. They even deleted millions of poor traffic page. Well, they made a quick recovery but it hasnít last for long.
Since that partial recovery, they continue to fall in every Panda round until Penguin hit them even harder.
They took a step forward. They changed the layout of their sites even further.
1.On their pages, they removed the menu bar that presented links to other siteís sections, putting every page to link only to other related content from its specific sector.
3.They removed the subdomain structure.
Since the beginning of this year, they made a terrific recovery. [But I am not sure whether they slap again in this Penguin round].
Internal link building was discussed many times.
People thought that a weak link can harm a site, talking about its anchor text and the implication of over-optimization etc etc. I think thatís only part of the game. Thereís something in the siteís links that might make a negative ranking impact.