I have been hit by the Penguin algorithm on the 24th April 2012.
I carried out an analysis on my website using a combination of the links from Webmaster Tools, Ahrefs and OpenSiteExplorer to give a more rounded overview of my link profile. I then used a certain “box named” (I’m sure you know the program I mean) piece of software to check Google indexation and anchor text, in addition to whether the links are actually still live. So as you can imagine I’ve been pretty thorough, and have cleaned up my anchor text so that it has a natural distribution.
I have also been through the homepage and reduced the keyword density I know Matt Cutts said not to, but I believe I was a bit “over-optimised”. Anyway despite all of this my homepage still does not rank for it’s main keyword (“removed”), not even in the first 200 results despite having a solid link profile. Have you any idea why this might be? It does however rank no. 1 for "keyword town”.
I am certain that it is a Penguin issue as my traffic dropped on the 24th April 2012 and it no longer ranked for this keyword. I also know that it wasn’t a manual action as I didn’t receive a message through Webmaster Tools.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by Jill, 16 April 2013 - 07:31 AM.