I'm looking for some help with what I think is an OOP.
One of the tactics the seo company working on the site for the past eight months has been building targeted anchor text links with article marketing.
On 19th February, all of my main keywords that are directly related to my niche dropped from page 1 to page 2 or lower.
The long tail's are still showing on page one - I don't think it's the Panda because the site is an 8 year old ecomm and the long tail pages showing on page one have little or no content.
The home page and main category pages that were showing for the higher searched keywords has relevant and unique articles on them.
All pages are still indexed and the penalty seems to have only dropped the keywords down 10 places or so. Searching for the main category page exact page titles are only showing results on page two or three.
I've put in a reconsideration request for what I thought may be causing the problem and just received a standard reply.
My question is - do I start again with another site (in the same market) which I have as a backup - or is this sort of penalty recoverable from and if so, is there any time frame that google imposes these types of penalties?
If I had an idea that it was going to last 30, 60, 90 days or indefinitely then I could plan a lot better for the future.
I only have one main income site which supports our family and the loss of traffic is really hurting the business and us. I know... all our eggs in one basket.. not clever, but going to change this, if I can survive the next few months!
Thanks in advance.