just trying to make sense of the catastrophe thats my little network of niche sites.
. I am primarily into application development rather than SEO, and all SEO has either being designed in or low key like directory submission when that was smiled upon by our Great leader/overload :)
. All niche sites provide a service that was previously smiled upon by the great G, infact there are still a few titans out there, for me it was an interesting tech challenge to see if i could match these sites for functionality, done now, a bit late, 2.5 years effort.
.Most sites could be combined into fewer sites, except that some widgets are traditionally marketed under a separate unbrella by most folk.
.They where starting to do okay as focussed niche sites, till the last set of emd/panda/penguin/500/y update saga coincided with server meltdown for me, sites o/s for up to 7 days apiece, now they quite dead, Google and bing both, so I dunno whether G simply algoed my sites, or the chaos triggered a length cool-down/penalty period
.emd ad other G ranking updates do appear to marginalize tight niche sites
At this time , I am planning to just combine the majority into about 5, place them in cheap but decent hosting, and move on to other projects
Justing sounding out folks opinions on the Googles intentions