ken_b - 1:59 am on Aug 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
Each of my pages can only be accessed at a single static url. On the category pages the anchor text for each individual page was the "topic of that page" each of those pages was linked from 2 other pages in that category, on those pages the anchor text was either "next" or "prev".
Were there specific dates when traffic declined sharply? Or was it just a gradual decline over time?
Panda 1 was a biggie, but there were a few other noticeable drops for which I'd have to dig up more accurate dates.
Some of the decline was related to other G updates, some of which I was more or less OK with.
ie: For years I got a lot of page views from folks looking to make big ticket widget purchases. That led to a LOT of widget sellers asking for a link, if they and their sites looked legit, I posted a link on one of those now deleted links pages, NEVER asking for a link back. But since mine was an info site where I sell nothing, it seems reasonable to me that G should rank widget sales sites above mine for those queries. I lost a lot of that traffic, but it was probably a better user experience for the visitor.