drall - 3:59 am on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
We didnt get hit by Panda across any of our sites in our network.
Almost every competitor of ours did and they number in the hundreds. And when I mean hit I mean ran over by a freight train loaded with semi trucks.
Dozens of alexa 300-1000 sites chopped in half. I cannot see a pattern at all, we see high quality original content sites being nailed right next to content spinners and mashups machines.
The top five sites that got hit in our space are owned by traded companies and probably combined lost 50 million uniques a month.
Now here is what doesnt make sense to me with both Panda and the previous scraper update. I see really good sites getting nailed to. At first when we got hit in the scraper update I got very upset, I mean we are a really good site filled with 100% unique handmade content. Why would we get hit by a update that was supposed to hurt scrapers? Well a couple weeks after the scraper update I noticed several of our competitors traffic rankings falling by the exact same degree/time/percent. Whoa, they got hit also!
Ok well here is the thing, yes they are competitors but they didnt deserve this just like us. They also are the top sites in our space with what I consider to be the best unique content.
So now you have many sites that got hit in the scraper update that didnt deserve it and many sites that got hit in the Panda update that didnt deserve it. This isnt collateral damage, this is a screwup.
Nothing more to say, one to many green beers this past week and im blibbering but I think at least for our space Google really screwed up many very good sites that I have looked up to and admired for many years.
They should put a toggle switch in GWT that lets webmasters notify them if they think they got screwed by these update. Real sites with real content will use it instantly, scumbags wont.
Now back to my beer!