brinked - 8:49 pm on Jun 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
3 of my 5 clients which I took on after panda have recovered with the latest 2.2 update. I am not at liberty to disclose the names of these sites or the full details but I can tell you some of the changes they made. Some of the changes they made on their own as they realized their sites were lacking. The reason why they did not improve them sooner was because they were ranking so well and did not want to change something that is not broke.
- deleted a bunch of outdated articles (from pre 2000 era)as well as pages that were useless to visitors such as sitemap, a change log etc.
- removed all nofollow tags at my advice that google may see that as an attempt to sculpt pagerank. This particular client had nofollowed every single menu navigation link (do not ask me why).
- Removed 2 300x300 square block ads that appeared above all content articles.
They re did their entire website. They had a new website in the works anyway and I helped them structure the site navigation as well as instruct them on content placement. I also got them into video creation and lately they have really been taking off.
I am not putting too much stock into this recovery because the site was pretty new and was lacking big time with their content and usefulness. The only way to go was pretty much up.
Ecommerce site with over 50k products, all have manufacturer descriptions. Lets just say they did not have to rewrite their product descriptions as I keep saying Panda is NOT about duplicate content.
They made 3 changes that took a total of about 30 minutes to do and they have made about a 90% recovery. They were hit back on the original panda, and then hit again when panda was released worldwide.
There are people out there that have recovered, probably a lot less than we have hoped for but they are out there. They are not going to come to us and tell us what they did and how they did it, why would they?
Just to add to this post. My own site that was hit by panda still has not recovered. It has made a partial recovery during panda 2.2 and the internal "widget" sections that I mentioned I changed the URL's for have recovered fully now after adding a trailing slash to the end of the URL's. The homepage is the only page effected as of right now. I am starting to think it is not related to panda at all.