ichthyous - 7:54 pm on Sep 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
I was wondering if anyone has seen page specific algo penalties after Panda? Penalties that seem to affect one part of a site but not the rest?
My site is broken into various sections, each section is linked to from my home page. I will refer to two sections in question as Section A and Section B.
Section A was in the top five results for almost every important related search for over five years until Panda. Now that section of my site is top of page two, or even page three and seems to float around almost daily in the results. Many other garbage sites and low quality pages are now outranking it.
Section B has pretty much the same structure as Section A and has gone to top of page one for terms that it never ranked on that well before. The only difference between the two sections? For years I worked at adding many links to Section A, including lots of links in comments using link titles which repeat the keywords on the page, etc.. All of those links got nofollowed years ago, but they are still present on the pages and indexed in WMT.
I never worked as hard at bringing up Section B, it has many fewer links and fewer self-added links from forums, comments etc. I am wondering if the link profile of Section B seems more natural to google, while Section A has perhaps triggered some algo penalty due to too many exact keyword low level links (even if nofollowed)
My question is...has anyone seen this type of penalty on their own site and has anyone tried removing links to get just a part of their site to recover? What types of links did you remove and what tools do you use to evaluate which links to remove? Thanks for any help!