I have an Amazon affiliate site -- main 3 money pages all well-written, unique, well-researched content, around 4,000 words each. This is NOT a thin site by any imagination.
Launched the site 5 months ago. Have slowly been building out PBN links to the site. About 10 days ago, one of the pages jumped into the top 3-4 positions in the SERPS (8,100 LMS). So far, so good -- my plan is working. This is with about 15-20 PBN links to this page at this point.
Then this morning, I'm hit with a thin content penalty (manual action) in my WMT account. My rankings plummet into the 50-60s in the SERPS.
My PBN is one that I built myself, and only used it for MY sites. This was not a public PBN at all.
But I have a feeling that's how they caught me. Maybe in the way I set up the hosting, on a re-seller account. Most were unique IP addresses. Only 2 of my 43 domains were de-indexed.
How else would they have singled me out for a MANUAL penalty? I just can't figure it out.
I've given up on trying to salvage the site ... but what do you think about the PBN sites. Again, 41 of 43 are still indexed.
Are these still okay to re-purprose for another site?
Any advice welcome re: thin content penalties.