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Average Traffic Increase after Panda Recovery

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Msg#: 4517701 posted 4:46 am on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

I read from multiple cases when a website recovers from Panda, their traffic climbs back to the amount before they got hit.

There are also cases where their traffic was not fully restored and also rare cases that their traffic is more than pre-panda.

As for my website, after being hit since Panda 2.0, I have finally seen an increased in traffic after the recent Panda #21 which seems like only a "partial" recovery.

On normal weekdays, I get an average 13K unique visitors and now is increased to 16K which is less than 20% increase.

My question: Is there a partial panda recovery? I've always thought that there's only an ON or OFF switch for Panda on websites. Correct me if I'm wrong.



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Msg#: 4517701 posted 5:11 am on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

I don't remember reading anything to indicate that Panda is an on-off switch. In fact, I recall just the opposite. Panda demotions hit websites with a highly varied impact - losses in the single percentage points up to major and devastating declines.

Given that kind of variation at the onset, I am not at all surprised that sites report - and they do - a wide variation in how recovery happens. Panda is a very complex beast, affecting even different pages and keywords differently on any given website.


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Msg#: 4517701 posted 5:33 am on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the confirmation Ted.

Although not a full recovery, I guess a partial recovery is still better than stagnant or decline.

Out of 2000 posts, I've deleted 600 posts and rewritten about 500 so far. Just like many other people, "noindex" doesn't seems to work. I had to permanently delete the posts to see this small recovery.

I guess that is still not too bad because I didn't need to wait until rewriting all to see a sign of recovery. At least there is some motivation to keep me going.


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Msg#: 4517701 posted 1:03 pm on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thinking about it, this small increase may be even due to the new responsive theme which I've switched about a month ago.

Previously it was taking 10-11 seconds for the webpages to load but now it's only about 5 seconds. Load time has been reduced in half.


Msg#: 4517701 posted 6:52 pm on Nov 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

My Pandalized site has recovered incrementally. Since I started to recover, every update / refresh gives me part of my old traffic back. I'm near a 100% recovery now, but it's taken 4 or so (going off memory) post-recovery refreshes for that to happen.


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Msg#: 4517701 posted 7:19 am on Nov 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

That's good to hear! I guess I have something to look forward to in every upcoming Panda refreshes.

May I ask did you have to rewrite the old posts on your website?


Msg#: 4517701 posted 4:19 pm on Nov 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

Yes I did. I spent about 3 months doing little more than rewriting old content. It was an awful process and I'm not sure that it made my site any better (to visitors), but it seems to have worked.

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