Longtail keywords hit on 7th December 2013
This really should've gone into this thread:
but since the thread's been locked already and since I only recently discovered this, I'll post it here.
I've been asked to look at a few "problem" sites this week and two of them have been hit on 7th December last year.
Site ownership and topics totally unrelated. The first site has had a manual action, the second one hasn't but I suspect backlink manipulation. On the other hand, many similar "problem" sites I've got access to, haven't reported any changes around those dates.
Both sites are 50-60% down organically (compared to a similar previous period), branded terms and general terms virtually unaffected, longtails 80-100% down.
This has happened a day after the PR update
which may or may not be related.
This is just a report for report's sake. I haven't seen it reported anywhere else on the web and I haven't pinpointed the real cause yet. Anybody else seen any unusual activity around those dates?