reblaus - 9:03 am on Mar 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi all. I am one of these "passive readers" that come back to webmasterworld since years. Thanks for your helpful tips over the years.
The Panda update is though motivation enough now to share some of my results.
We are now in the 3rd week of panda and traffic is still on the decline. Our site is a tech news site with over a 10 year history.
In my latest tests it is clear that all content is ranked down. And not just a little bit. In most cases we got pushed to page 2. Pages that rank #1 on Google.com Europe are ranking on page 2 in Panda. Sites that post excerpts to our stories rank higher than our original content.
In the first days of Panda it looked more that not all content is affected. Now it has settled to all.
Things we did so far:
delete short aka thin content (breaking news posts)
delete tag pages
remove ad units
clean up outbound links
For me this is not anymore one of the usual Google Updates. I have fallen somehow in a really dark hole without doing any black hat or other Google Guideline violations.
Did you guys see any positive effect yet from our changes?