So I have an amazon affiliate niche site I started over a year ago. It was growing well in traffic and earnings and by July '15 I was making $3,700/mo from Amazon with 850-1000 unique hits per day. Everything I was doing was all white hat. I had and have really good ******** backlinks. However... Just before the PBN penalty scare last Fall, I had already started building 2 different PBN sites just for me from 2 decent expired domains. One was similar to my niche and the other was a movie review site. I wrote several basic articles and gave myself one good text link on each site. I kept everything as is for a while but once I realized I was doing so well, I wanted to go fully white-hat, in case Google figured out how to penalize my PBN links, ending my $3,700+ cash cow (my worst nightmare). Right after "going clean" I started to notice a slow dip. I had let the 2 domains expire, thus losing 2 of my good backlinks. Traffic started to go down, money went down. I went from $3,700 in July to $2,000 last month, and again this month. This chart doesn't look like much but it's about a $1,700 loss http://imgur.com/JxEXhLW Looking for some help here. I had the two sites on seperate IPs on IX webhosting, all different than my money site. The domain names I had let expire are not available anymore, though I don't see a site built on them. Anyone experienced anything like this when trying to "go clean" ?