I am seeing a decline in my site's SERP that started after July 24th panda 3.9 release. What I’m seeing is a couple of words that dramatically lost rankings and others that lost some rankings (by some rankings I mean: from number 3 to 8, from number 5 to 12, from number 3 to 13, etc.). I still have quite a few words that rank in the first page ( including top 3 for a few). I have seen a few positive movements of 1 or 2 rankings for just a few words, but again, the overall trend looks pretty bad right now with words quickly dropping.
Up until Panda 3.9 I have experienced positive movement consistently for over 6 month. As part of my SEO techniques I did use directory submittion and social bookmarking but I do not think I over did this plus I try to submit only to good directories (and this was only part of the things i do, other than content, site structure, good social media presence, etrc.).
My question is:
- What am I doing wrong…?
- How can I know for sure if I am being penalized by google?
- What can I do to fix this and start crawling up again?
- How much time does it take to fix damages if I was indeed hit by Panda? I mean, is it just like optimizing again or will it take more time due to the fact that it is a Panda issue.