Ok, here goes. We had two separate domains. The first domain was one where we simply used the name of our local repair shop. Our site ranked in the top 3 listings for years. We felt that the name of our domain wasn't so hot.
We sell parts, but primarily, we sell one particular type of part, so I created another site, 5 years later with the name of the part in the domain. I thought I was pretty smart.
Well, you can imagine maintaining two different sites with 100,000 or more items, so we simply mirrored the db from the one site to the other site. We did not have an AdWords account for the second site with the product in the domain name for years.
Our second site produced about 15% of our total sales, not too bad for a mirrored site. Well, we felt that our second site was being penalized by Google, because our PR never rose, so we had the bright idea of creating our second site's own db with only one category from our older site.
Yes, we still had the same products for this one category on both, but we stopped adding products to the old site for this category and have since added thousands of products to the newer site. Our ranking didn't budge, nor did our sales.
We started an AdWords account for the newer site and now our sales for the newer site are up to 30%, of course thanks to PPC ads.
Our older site is not doing so well, even though we are adding unique items to it. I don't know if this is just a Penguin algo issue or if we have screwed ourselves.
I have checked GA for any kind of manual spankings, but there are none.
Has anyone else had experience with this?
[edited by: aakk9999 at 3:09 am (utc) on Dec 14, 2013]
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