Well guys it finally happened.. After 7 months of ranking and banking, my humble spam site got hit by Penguin 3.0.
Although a little upset, I am not surprised, as I have been waiting for this day to come. The good news is I can test the 301 redirect theory out, which I have already put into place this evening.
Just to recap, I launched the site made up purely of PLR content and unique 1500 word homepage at the end of last year. Then in March I began building links using nothing but GSA Search Engine Ranker, Kontent Machine ( and then Content Foundry).
The site began to rank very quickly and even made position 12 for a big money term. Panda 4 then rolled put and killed off the the big money terms but left around 40 long tails on page 1.
In total it made $7000, with $5500 coming from just one product.
The King Is Dead
After seeing some tweets early Saturday morning regarding the release of Penguin, I quickly checked some of my main terms and low and behold, my site had vanished.
Here is my traffic for the past month:
Long Live The King
All is not lost, as tonight starts the second part of this case study, testing out the 301 redirect method.
This involves simply cloning the old site using a very cool plugin called Duplicator and then re-directing the old site using an .httaccess 301 redirect.
I had another domain lined up and in waiting which now hosts the new (old) site. During the week I will slow drip a few PBN links to tickle a bit and see how it does.
If all looks good I will look to either continue with PBN links and a big GSA SER blast as well.
It’s late now and I have to crash, but whatever happens I will keep you all updated.
Please share below if you have been hit…