I have found myself getting more and more confused with Google. I hope someone can help me out.
I run a couple of review sites centered around the same topic. Each review site contains around 100 posts with about 1000 words per review. I and one of my writers spent months writing the reviews aiming to create a genuinely useful website.
Anyway, back in October last year I got hit by an algorithm penalty which saw my traffic drop by 60%.
The penalty caught me and shocked me as I thought for the previous 6 months I had been doing pretty good.
I decided (rightly or wrongly) that the reason for my misfortune must be backlinks. I chose to use the disavow tool and requested to disavow several thousand links.
The links were pointing to my site via a 302 redirect from some expired domains I had purchased. Similar (although not exact niche).
Disavowing the links made no difference so I chose to then remove the redirect completely.
Since then traffic has continued to fall and I just don't know what to do anymore.
I am thinking about redirecting the expired domains back to my site again and deleting the disavow file.
Google has done it's damage. It can't get worse.
What do you think?