berrysharpie - 12:53 am on Oct 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
I guess what we could do is put noindex on the product pages as they are the ones with the affiliate links, not the upper level of our store. If we do that, and Google likes it, then that would mean the affiliate links are in fact the problem and then the rest of the site should bounce back up. IF it's the affiliate links then it might be logical to assume that is what is causing the particle slump on the rest of the site.
So if we issued 410's to just clean up the old junk that is no more, put noindex on anything that has an affiliate link on it and went forward with our new template, maybe we will get somewhere. If it brings the site back to it's normal positions, that will at least be one big bonus. Then I guess we need to decide how we can make a steady income without relying on organic search results.