JVerstry - 7:20 am on Sep 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
I am developing a website offering time-related functionalities for various locations around the world. I have been hit by what seems to be a Panda update on Sept 4th. No more traffic or queries.
The site has about 8 cores pages (index, online services, etc...), 215 category pages and 22.700 content pages for locations around the world. It is new and work in progress. It did not have much traffic yet.
I have set noindex on the 22.700 content pages to try to mitigate thin content issues. So only 0,96% of my website will be indexed. I know I still have to work to do to beef-up content on my content pages.
a) My first question is, should I noindex my 215 categories pages too (no thin content)? Would it help recover from this hit?
b) I have reckoned that for some important keyword, 260 content pages could cover for 90-95% of the traffic I am aiming for. Since each of these pages are for a specific location in the world, I am wondering whether they may be considered as lack of original content. Should I re-index them at all somewhere in the future? Or never? This would bring the indexing ratio to 2,09%.
c) Does Panda ignore noindex pages in its filter? Or does it take them into account anyway when Google can reach those pages?
d) If one implements proper corrections after a Panda update, how much time does it take to analyze the website again? Does anyone have minimum/maximum estimations?