I am hoping that someone can shed some light on a problem I am having.
I am just learning SEO and recently had my website redesigned as well as had a CMS installed so I could upload new content and so forth.
I had been adding content to the newly built site but no link building yet except for a few Web 2.0 sites.
I had been trying to add Jonathan Leger's 3 Way Linking to the home page but haven't been able to get it right yet so its not online.
That said, after the last Google slap my site had steady rankings but then all of a sudden began falling off a cliff. Now, I am no where to be found for my 4 main KW's.
I did notice also that there were some 32,000 page extensions on my site from Pharmacutical Ads and such which freaked me out. I called my Web Master and had him start taking the pages off (I think the server was hacked or something) and the pages are beginning to come down (they're around 5,200 now and falling).
I think that is what was being a drag on my site's rankings and when I discovered it and began resolving that problem that is when my rankings were gone.
Here is what I think:
Those irrelevant pages were a drag on my rankings and then once I started adding relevant content and eliminating those irrelevant pages Google began to get confused as to what was going on and/or their algorithm is still readjusting the new information.
So, as a result, Google has killed my rankings for now and then will readjust them in short order once the irrelevant pages are gone and there is only new relevant content left.
Can some of the more experienced SEO Warriors confirm, deny, or add to my conclusion?
Thanks so much.