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[edited by: tedster at 9:35 pm (utc) on Jul 3, 2012]
What they all have in common: Maybe less than 20% of their entire site content could be considered truly fresh or truly unique. It's mainly a regurgitation of what's already on the web.
I find it plausible that it might give you Penguin problems.
(about 1k-2k links)
It's allowing us time to clean up our link profile and then may be after 3-6 months it will run again.
I lost about 80% of Google traffic, like you, but it was just due to changes in SERPS that happened on the day of Penguin.
I am wondering if you guys think that backlinks are a component of the Panda algorithm along with other factors or is this only a part of Penguin?
Penguin victim here. Waiting for a notice everyday, everyminute. At least anything that can tell why my site was penalised. No notice so far ever since my site was penguinised in the last week of April.
Eric Enge: Going back to the way we started this chat, Google has compelling reasons for offering diverse results. Understanding this could offer new online businesses a way in the door. In the past people have referred to this as Query Deserves Diversity.
Matt Cutts: Yes, that is a part of what our algorithm does: work to find quality diverse results that help solve problems for users. I would discourage people from thinking about from an algorithmic perspective though. What they should focus on is looking at the overall landscape of their market.
Indyank, I am not penalized. I've gotten the post-Penguin "no manual action" email.
I've been thinking more about 1script's remarks, and realized, duh, I did make one tech change around the 23rd.
Basically, I had changed my domain name months ago for branding purposes from OldName.com to NewName.com and 301'd everything from OldName. Around the 23rd, I switched OldName to a reseller hosting package, since all it's doing now is redirecting inbound links to OldName that I can't get people to update. There was no downtime for either site, because I left OldName's old hosting up for four days to cover the propagation period and then some. I've changed hosts on my main sites many times in the past and NEVER had a Google traffic drop like this, so it's hard to believe changing hosts on the redirected site would have such an impact.