There is a great line in the movie “The Adjustment Bureau” where Matt Damon’s character, a politician, is giving a speech …
“We had a rule in my neighborhood. When you got into a fight, it wasn’t whether or not you got knocked down. It is what you do when you get back up.”
Can you get back up? Yes you can, as we did it.
Below is a screen shot from Google Analytics and it is real. The site is an affiliate site and is a PageRank 7 site. Very authoritative in the market and was generating solid traffic and fantastic conversions. Then Panda came and you can see the huge drop-off and even a period where the traffic literally “flat-lined”.
But you see in the screen shot that the traffic not only came back, it came back stronger than ever. What did we do? Well, we did a laundry list of things, but not just on this domain, on dozens of others. Of the 800+ domains we manage, we had about 40 get hit hard with Panda. And in the test we did, we grouped them and tested some same methods and some different to see the reaction.
And every site that came back from Panda had one common theme…and this was the only consistent factor amongst our testing group.
A listing in the Best of the Web directory.
If you have been following me over the last decade, this is THE directory to be listed in to get your site the biggest push. Yes, better than the Yahoo! directory in terms of juice given to you. And now is a great time to get listed in BOTW as their 18th birthday is here and they are offering a 50% off coupon, just click the link and you’ll be redirected with the coupon code at the top, so when you checkout, you have the coupon code right there instead of trying to remember it, writing it down, or worse, copying and pasting it, as we all know what happens when you do that … something comes up which forces another copy and you have to go back and get the code again which is a royal pain.
Do yourself and your site a big favor, get a listing in Best of the Web right now…and make sure you get the lifetime listing…and with the savings, I would get every major site in your portfolio a listing. It will do your site a world of service.