My web site is one of the disaster stories from Google Panda. I spent over a year trying to stop the rot but in the end had to give up and go out and get a manual job working nights. How bad is that?
Anyway I am not someone to give up, especially as the site has 5,000 pages. Before Google Panda I could get pages to the top of Google at the drop of a hat. Take "How to make Yorkshire Puddings". Only a few years ago I noticed there were no UK sites getting listed in the top 10 results (with one weird exception). A short rewrite and my page was there for a few years, until along came Panda. I have no idea how far down the results it now is. The same story is repeated right across the site with only a few exceptions.
I have not been able to come up with any answers and neither have the people I know who also run big independent (former amateurs?) recipe and cooking sites. But someone did say to me that WordPress as a CMS might be the way forward. I am now actively working to this end but I do wonder if I will be wasting my time. It's not as if it is a quick fix with over 5,000 pages to do but if at the end it should bring back some of my traffic I will consider it worthwhile plus that will be encouragement to grow the site further.
It started as a hobby, became my living for five years, and if need be it will continue as a hobby.
Does anyone have any knowledge as to whether WordPress would make Google happier over my traditional Dreamweaver HTML site?