I have a site that was nailed by the very first Panda and has never recovered. I have tried everything under the sun to come back even a little, and it has been to no avail. In fact it has only gotten worse and worse. It is now at 100 visits a day and pre Panda it was 4k a day!
So, I am about to give up on this site (I never thought I would say that!).
But I wanted to try a test as a sort of last resort and at the very least I might learn something from this it as well.
The site currently has about 800 unique domains linking to it and about 42k total inbound links, according to MajesticSEO.
Most of the site's inbound links however point to only around 200 pages, which are the best pages and most have unique and useful written content.
Here is what I wanted to try and I would love to hear predictions:
I plan to delete all the pages of the site that don't have at least 1 inbound link to them. So that would leave the site with roughly 200 pages, and every one of these remaining pages would have at least 1 unique domain pointing to it, and a lot of them would have lots of unique domains pointing to them (essentially these are the best/top/most popular pages of the site anyway).
What would happen? Would it do anything?
I ask this because I wonder exactly how PageRank would flow. Is it that currently, with 15k pages, the total PageRank is getting divided up among all 15k pages, so that the 200 pages I'm referring to only each have a small fraction of that PageRank, and that if I delete all the rest, those 200 would have a much larger fraction of the PageRank, thus making them rank much higher than they do now (or at least that is my theory anyway).
So, what are your predictions? How will the remaining 200 pages rank? Better, worse or the same? And why?