ichthyous - 3:58 am on Aug 10, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:26 am (utc) on Aug 10, 2013]
I have an image site that uses something called "keyword albums", which are keyword links on every page that link to an album of images tagged with that tag on the fly. At some point the number of indexed pages on my site started climbing from around 6,000 to 28,000 very quickly in December of 2012 and then started heading back down to where it started in May of 2013. During this time my site has lost approximately 70% of its traffic and it hasn't recovered no matter what I try.
I strongly suspect that these thin content pages may have triggered the Panda penalty, and I am wondering if blocking them in robots.txt might help me to recover. I do not have a manual penalty or any warning in WMT. If I search for the tag pages they are indexed, and do come up if I search for unique phrases on those pages. They really are just pages of images with image titles and descriptions though, not much text at all.
From what I have read about Panda, it seems that if your site has a high percentage of thin content pages it can push your entire site down. Has anyone seen any improvement by excluding these types of tag pages?
[edit reason] Made niche less specific [/edit]
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:26 am (utc) on Aug 10, 2013]