I'm wading thru the Wordpress mess with my static pages in tow .. I'm an Evenrude in a cesspool it appears, as I have finally started to make some kind of headway after being stuck in the same position for months.
My site isn't new, my concepts aren't new, and my industry isn't new .. What is new tho', is the way I'm revisiting things I've done since 2005.
All of those dinky little things that actual real people really really liked are already in the process of making a comeback on some of my web properties.
A few or so days ago I saw an uptick in traffic upon after dumping about 3/4 of my social networking crap .. Tossed out some of the Adsense too .. Dumped the G+ buttons and totally trashed the authorship tags.
Tho' in 72 hours I've managed to climb 8 more positions, it's the traffic I'm the most interested in. The traffic actually started before the climb did (right around Monday evening).
Referrals from Google are up about 4%, and at this stage of the game, that's a major improvement --
heh .. I'm almost nearly going the opposite direction here .. I used to listen to Cutts .. these days?, not so much .. BS is what it is and for as smart as Cutts is, you'd think he would already know that you can't BS a BS'er ..
I know that the SERP's are in flux and all of this could easily be for naught ..
I'll still write for the standards of the day, but I'm leaning heavily toward the internet version of retro here .. and plan to bring the shiniest parts back to my web properties ..