A WebmasterWorld thread has SEOs and webmasters discussing the fact that some of them have removed 75% or more of their content from their web site or is planning to based on all the changes with the Google algorithm related to the Panda algorithm.
Now that Panda has rolled out bilingually, it is now affecting more and more webmasters.
Webmasters are seeking advice from those who have "recovered" over the past couple months and most of those said they have deleted or blocked the content that seemed less useful to their users.
One SEO named the Panda update as leading to the "Great Purge" of the web.
Webmasters are asking:
What do you think would happen if I removed 70% of all pages on one of my websites? Those pages are filled with content of lower quality than the remaining 30%, and they don't receive any traffic (minor).
Some said they did that already:
I've just cut 50 000 pages away: low content, and duplicate content issues.
A combination of 301 for moved pages, and 410 for pages permanently gone, has worked wonders.
Google has taken many months to take it all in, and I guess it will take another couple. Nearing the end of it, overall traffic and page views per visit are all up.
For more on Panda, see our Panda category.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.