ken_b - 11:22 pm on Aug 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
Are your sure your site: - Doesn't have spam on it?
The closest I think I've come to "spam" is UGC event listings that were probably intentionally submitted/posted word for word by the original authors on a 3 or 4 sites that offered event listing sections. ALL of these were carefully read/edited-as-needed by me before going live on my site.
I discontinued this part of the site late last year because it was just too hard to keep up with.
I also had 29 - 30 links pages that had a combined total of maybe 1,400 outbound links, NONE of which were arranged reciprocal links. Some of those sites probably linked to my site, but NONE of those inbound links were pre-arranged/asked-for/etc.
ALL of my outbound links were the result of me personally reviewing the target sites before I posted the link and I reviewed every outbound link 3 - 4 times a year at a minimum.
All but 2 of those pages were deleted earlier this year. The remaining 2 pages have about 150 links eack. That's 150 links arranged alphabetically on one page and by geo-location on the other. These two pages have been at the top of my most popular pages for years, so I kept them
NONE of my outbound links on these pages used KW anchor text. They ALL were anchored by business/org name.
- Doesn't have canonical errors?
Not sure about this, not even sure how to check. There is a working 301 from non-www to www. though.
- Hasn't been hacked / has malware on it?
Google WMT says none detected. I did do a fetch-as-google on the homepage the other day. Saw nothing out of place.
Also, were you able to rectify whatever it was that Penguin had punished you for?
If Penquin is about links, I dunno. That's partly why the links pages went away, maintaining them was the other part, Penguin was just the last straw.
Panda was more understandable, from a "thin-content" point of view. The site is largely a bunch (1,800 +/-) of hand built static pages that I've pretty consistently described as a photo gallery with expanded (fact based) captions. That meant that other than they photos there wasn't a lot of unique content on each photo page.
It seems unusual that your bing and yahoo traffic would decline as well, unless there is something that is being overlooked...
Yeah, that part that really puzzles me.