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@westcoast: It's almost as if these new sites aren't getting a boost, but rather that all of the really old sites like ours are getting extreme penalties levied against them in some extreme, unspecified manner
I feel bad for the folks that are getting slammed right now. I know that feeling, we've been there post panda. It sucked to the tune of 80% of our organic traffic. We made a lot of improvements and recovered from that hell. Then we were back there again post domain migration, losing 60% of our traffic. This is the first time in almost 9 months we've seen a positive impact
a friend's site I run has a keyword1keyword2 domain, it has reigned supreme for 15 years, his image for this keywords has likewise been the #1 result for the same amount of time. It's not a money keyword thing, it's humourous, nothing to get excited about.
His image has completely disappeared from Google's results, no matter how far down one searches it is gone, his index page has gone and now his "about.html" page is ranked #1.
@SnowMan68, how long ago did you migrate to a new domain?
A little over a year ago. The domain we switched to is 16 years old.
Here's a reason @SnowMan68 's old website recovered, while your other old domains are tanking. He changed a domain less than 1 year ago. Because it was nearly , and mathematically (I am guessing), impossible to drag his old domain out of current Penguin's hell via negative link weights on all the old links.
I know that feeling, we've been there post panda. It sucked to the tune of 80% of our organic traffic. We made a lot of improvements and recovered from that hell.
Then we were back there again post domain migration, losing 60% of our traffic.
We killed off a bunch of useless pages. Some of the pages have probably been on the site for close to 8 years. They once helped bring in traffic, but over time became dated.
Made changes to some paginated sequence issues we had, using improper canonicals back to the first pages of the sequence.
We have been adding a ton of content. Resources that aren't found anywhere in our niche. Word count isn't the end all be all, i get that. But about 80% of our content is anywhere from 2000 to 3500 with all photos shot in house. The rest is 1300+. Nothing thin, but not because short is bad. Just because it doesn't answer the question properly.
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@sowman68, one question. Do you have a top or side menubar on our detail pages?
if I'm reading you correctly.. you believe you improved your site to be more "up to panda update standards", thin content issue?
Naturally someone will challenge this, say that there is zero chance you can recover. There is nothing wrong with their site. Their site has been great for years and so on. I think we have all been at this long enough to know stuff changes quick online and especially with Google. If you don't do anything and get lucky enough to recover, there is a good chance you'll get hit again. Something about your site Google doesn't like. If you need Google traffic to survive, then you have to figure out what it is.
I was talking to my 14 year old daughter about upgrading and modernising the site and she said 'yeah, your site does look a bit old'. Gotta love her honesty.
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