However when I decided to check my position for my main keyword, which had been #5, I found it was no longer in the top 100. I then decided to check my other keywords, most in the #5 to #30 position, they were all not in the top 100 any more either.
As you can imagine I was pretty upset. After manually going through the SERPs myself I finally found my site for my main keyword, on page 56. So it was clear that I had received a google slap for having a "thin affiliate site". That far of a drop, and for all my keywords, it would have to more than just a "google dance". Also my other sites, for which I had been doing similar style link building, were unaffected, so it was nothing I did link building wise.
Now my site was admittedly was a little on the thin side, but it had no duplicate or spammy content, and was converting very well.
So I write this partly to caution relative newbs like me, be careful to make sure your site is not thin. I don't think enough has been written about that. I put a lot of work into getting this site ranked. I am hoping that since it was not de-indexed that I can still salvage something by redoing the site with more content, maybe it will come back, but who knows.
Also was wondering if others were having this experience, having affiliate sites slapped? I do like the Amazon program, but obviously if Google is going to slam my sites than I don't want to waste my time.
Thanks in advance.