Almost all of my artcle sites have lost PR and visits have dropped like a rock.
Here is a case study and I would love to hear your analysis as to why this has happened....
Website: Real Estate Information (king-of-real-estate.com). The site is almost 4 years old and did well for a number of years.
This site was built around a large number of articles spread throughout the internet. Many articles were on the major sites and these were picked up by a lot of sites being built around articles.
The site had a PR4 as recently as 2007 and early 2008. This was obviously due to the large number of backlinks on the web. At one point in 2007 it had close to 3,000 backlinks. Life was good. Visitors came back to my site and I made some decent money off of Adsense and a few other Aff programs on the site.
Now, things have drastically changed. The site is PR0 or worse, the dreaded "unknown". Even worse, visitors are virtually non-existent. WHY?
Back links are still strong. There are currently close to 1000 backlinks in Yahoo and 500 in other SERPS according to Check Page Rank!
The site is made up of articles with a fairly common layout. Nothing fancy, but I was not trying to win any design awards, just get people to click on some ads. The site has everything that one would think the SE's would love - articles, RSS, Video links etc. Yet the site is dead.
So, doctors of the internet, what's your analysis of this case? Is the patient terminal? If so, what was the cause? Is Article Marketing dead?
Thanks for your input. I hope that by dissecting this corpse we may all learn something.