littlecubpanda - 7:55 pm on Aug 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
"How many sites went down? half? all of them? are they all hosted on the same server-ip? do all of them have organic traffic? or some feed from the traffic of a big one?
Being linked to the G+ account sounds like something to look upon."
All the sites linked to the G+ account went down. All on the same server. All have organic traffic literally completely independent of each other (a trickle of traffic from links to the other sites I have at the bottom of each site).
So it is what it is. Total devastation.
I'm starting to think it was not a manual review, but something else. Like some kind of algo update.
The sites don't have very good backlinks -- they're decent -- but not great. I have a strong suspicion that is at issue.
Or, I notice a few keywords were more strongly affected than others, so I can't explain that. Why a few keywords took a smaller hit over others.
*Fingers crossed* it recovers.
My sites really delivered what people were looking for, too. Now people searching get a bunch of blogs and random news articles in their place, so I don't see how this benefits anyone.