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[edited by: tedster at 10:42 pm (utc) on Oct 2, 2011]
I just received a message back from my reconsideration request. The answer is the usual template "Some pages still violate our guidelines."
That's great to know, but which pages are they? I'll probably never know. There is no way I'm going through thousands of pages with their long guidelines.
The only thing left for me is the hope that the penalty was set because of the domain change, which brought over 10K links from the old domain (even though I set 301 redirects. Amazing algorithm...)
how do I find what they were looking at? How do I know what came from them?
I just found this little nugget whilst search for something completely unrelated. #2 Post from Google employee: [google.com...]
That's pretty clear admission they are hitting sites they don't mean to imo.
Matt Cutts - Weather report: expect some Panda-related flux in the next few weeks, but will have less impact than previous updates (~2%). [twitter.com...]
..... seeing set of 4 SERP results for popular phrases from single sites. Been going on for about a week now. Not sure if this part of the Panda flux or not , but thought I'd report it.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 7:30 pm (utc) on Oct 9, 2011]
dont know if this is old hat but for the 1st time i have just seen a message under the search results thats says "you have visited this page"
I reached out to a team internally and they identified an algorithm that is inadvertently negatively impacting your site and causing the traffic drop. They're working on a fix which hopefully will be deployed soon.
Hope this helps,
Pierre (Google Employee)