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It may be impossible to keep them there. But who said it was impossible to get them there?
I think I got hosed on many inner pages because I tiered every page. It was probably unnatural to have that many links and linkjuice going to interior pages. I probably overdid my diversification of links within a website, and probably needed to be more top-heavy.
What I find interesting was how on a couple of sites my non-primary keywords tanked for the homepage. So say I had 10 terms, and the main term did ok, but the other 9 got raped. Kind of doesn't make sense.
From everything I am seeing across many forums, there are no solid rules of the road on what happened. Outright spam worked well on some sites while others tanked. And the list goes on and on from there.
I was faced with a lot worse when penguin 1.0 hit. I was obliterated. So...
If you have made money in a niche, so you know it is worthwhile, the best advice I can give you is to build more sites in that niche. That has always worked for me. And that is no-bullshit advice.
I never scrap a site that has made money. It is a proven winner. I can't begin to tell you that even in the worst case scenario (like penguin 1.0), my sites are still #1 in Bing/Yahoo making me money.
This was not even near that magnitude, so my strategy always remains the same: Nurture it with linkbuilding, experiment with different linkbuilding methods, but most importantly...
Build more sites in those niches where you have proven that you can make money.
Do not waste one day thinking about it. Recuperating your income starts immediately, not a month from now after you 'have more information'. Do not make that mistake.
While you guys were chewing the fat, I broke into mountain view, and I grabbed the plans:
Not saying that I have every part of the algorithm...
@spunko2010, you're not on their list. Pheeeew!