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|Panda Hits Google UK ?|
Google UK has just been updated, I assume its the Panda update? and contrary to all the criticisms and whining about Panda so far, these serps look markedly improved.
I have so far only really had a detailed look at one very competitive product niche.
My initial observations are;
Not much movement in the first few results pages. But looking deeper down to page 50, shows some dramatic movements.
Some previously poor ranking quality/original content sites have risen, some significantly (e.g from page 38 to page 9).
Some sites with poor/little content have taken a drop, again some significant (e.g. page 8 to page 15).
Quite a number of crap blog, affiliate and article sites have dropped out of sight. Being replaced with genuine sites that users actually want to find.
There seems to be an increase in numbers of deeper (more relevant) pages, compared to home page listings.
It would also seem there is more emphasis on original quality content, the site's actual purpose, and far less on just volumes of links.
There a few exceptions, but these are far less than ever before!
Looks Really Good, Excellent Job Google :)
@HuskyPup, I get 99.9% identical results from that IP and the one I provided and google.co.uk, it seems that your results are maybe personalized ? so yes, "a bit of over-zealous geo-targetting" is the most likely cause.
I sincerely hope not, I clear Firefox cookies after every session and with Opera, my main browser, I do not allow them at all and I still see the same results.
It's just my widgets v Google:-)
OK, the results on 188.8.131.52 are true Panda but I see the old SERPs at google.co.uk from the US.
Probably a stupid question - did everyone decide that Panda has hit the UK now? If so did it happen March 27th?
I don't pay enough attention to these things, and WebmasterWorld doesn't show location under members' usernames which makes it difficult to guess from other posts.
Good to see that Google have finally confirmed it, even though it actually hit the UK two weeks before they said it did ;)
My UK traffic is dow today so far. Ranks don't appear too different. But have noticed some new sites.
Several blogs that have stole my downloads, blogged about them using targeted tags and not bothered to credit anybody or anything. Second a spam site, again using my stolen content and has created a subdomain for every single piece. Bluewidget.wesuck.com, greenwidget.wesuck.com and about a hundred thousand more. Apparently that's the way to go.
#*$! like this infuriates me and right now, I feel like flying to the US and going on a massacre at Google HQ.
*smashes head on desk*
During the past 48 hours, starting approx when google began pandalizing the UK, my server has been hit by a scraping botnet - one IP per page (all, as far as I can tell, rejected).
Now, is that due to some scraper trying to get at our best sites from the server so they can rise to the top of the UK SERPS? Or is it coincidence?
Or is it google running a botnet to see if we're still working? Well, they might! :)
So we don't have too many threads on the same topic, let's continue this dicsussion on the main thread: Google PANDA rolls out WorldWide [webmasterworld.com]
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