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Did Google Use AOL for "Panda Testing"?

 5:06 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

I observed Panda testing some time before it was introduced. Google apparently had been testing Panda on AOL search. I always check my positions in AOL (enhanced by G) And somewhere before February noticed my positions down and looked for a reason why AOL punished me... Couldn't find a solution there.

Later on, after the first wave of Panda, my positions matched AOL "Panda testing"

Right now i am seeing the same scenario, all SERPs messed up again and unfortunately my key phrases went "puff" from search.

I was wondering if anyone can confirm my observations.



 6:25 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

Are you saying that a new version of SERPS is on AOL, or is Panda finally on AOL.com? Didn't Panda move to AOL too after Google.com or what?

I agree we may see a major update soon, crawling and site:example.com are way off, and so are the type of referrals.


 6:48 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

I take that to mean Google live tested Panda algorithm on AOL before it was rolled out fully on google.com.

Thanks for sharing that observation. I have no doubt that Panda results were live-tested somewhere before the full roll-out, but I was assuming they took a small slice of the google.com audience.


 6:54 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

I just caught that Ted :) I was typing too quickly and didn't initially realize the other thread was from the same member. I modified my comment to remove the reference since it wasn't a confirmation.

Also, I just ran some tests and I see the same index on Google and AOL, with browser history flushed, and from several browsers.


 7:18 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)


You may be right. Here in France, panda hasn't rolled out yet (at least not for french queries).

I just tried some queries on aol.fr's search, and on google.fr (with &pws=0, not logged in, and clean cookies). And interestingly, on aol, some results that outrank my website on google.fr, are gone.

And the results that are gone are... twenga.fr, shopzilla.fr, and other price comparison websites, exactly the sort of websites that are often hit by panda.

So, maybe they are also testing Panda "international" on aol international search ?


 10:18 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

Crobb, try this:

AOL: [search.aol.com...]

Google: [google.com...]

< Moderator's note: Our normal policy is not to allow specific
search terms. For this one example we are making an exception. >

[edited by: tedster at 1:20 am (utc) on Apr 22, 2011]


 10:20 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

shopping.aol.com is ranking very high on G powered aol.com search, but not on Google.com. I say it's done on purpose


 10:23 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

Walkman, check where Wikipedia stands in both?


 10:43 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

honestly, I don't see any differences between the index on AOL or Google, but it could just be what I am being served. I did see something interesting though...I searched one of my 2-word queries (for which I have been consistently ranking around page 9 for several weeks). I went to page 9, and it was listed as expected. I went up a few more pages just to see if another page of mine had reappeared in its old spot. As I searched backwards, past page 9, my page that was listed there was gone. I searched down to page 1 and back up to beyond page 50 and didn't see it so I gave up. There could be a ranking shuffle going on. I do see a 5% increase in traffic today over the previous 4 Thursdays.


 10:48 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

There could be a ranking shuffle going on.

Same here. I'm appearing on the first page and disappearing deep in SERPs for some keywords a couple of times per hour. It's actually an improvement, since my rankings these keywords were wiped out from the first page after Panda release.


 10:52 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

I've also recovered some sitelinks on a few of my listings and even a number 1 spot. These are mostly longtails and/or singular forms. I still see enormous differences in between singular/plural rankings.

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