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Would a subdomain help correct this problem?

8:30 pm on Oct 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have a website that I am having diffuculties with and am hoping the collective intelligence/experience here can help.

A bit of history:

The website in question is around nine years old and is among the oldest ecommerce-related sites for its niche.

The first 4 years of its existence it had less that 100 pages and ranked highly.

The next 4 years it had, at various times, 1 - 5 pages. It was still in the same niche and still highly ranked.

About 6 month ago I converted it into a large ecommerce site via a CMS and it comes in at around 50,000 pages. Same niche but I hardly get any hits. On average less than 50/day. It has been optimized so I do not think there are any major problems related to SEO.

I contacted WMT recently and they said there was no manual penalty. They did make a vague reference to a change in CMS.

Is this something that will work itself out in time (kind of a sand-boxy type of thing)?

Or, by adding so many pages is the domain "ruined" - since it had so much history as a smaller site?

Would reverting the site back to its small size on the main domain, and switching the large "store" to a subdomain have any positive effect?
4:34 am on Oct 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Just off hand, I doubt that you can go back to your previous root domain situation, more the big store to a subdomain, and see traffic return.

How about backlinks - natural backlinks? Are you attracting any with the new format? And does your 50,000 page site offer anything beyond standard product descriptions?