reseller - 9:33 pm on Jan 14, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: Robert_Charlton at 10:10 am (utc) on Jan 17, 2012]
I have compiled the following selection of some of the observations posted on this thread about the changes which have taken place since 4th-5th january 2012 and which I refer to as Google's Ozzie Update:
@Whitey - Jan 5, 2012
I'm noticing movements and good rankings on Pandalized sites with newly introduced content and URL's, on all pages since the last iteration on Nov 19. Is anyone else experiencing this?
Newly added pages with new content and usability modifications, that were previously blocked, once released and reindexed mostly ranked straight away. Highly competitive core terms and old URL's are definitely still Pandalized, yet rank higher than before.
@Lenny2 - Jan 5, 2012
...noticing that my pandalized site which was having a hard time ranking on anything... is now starting to rank for NEWLY CREATED pages... albeit few get to the top of the first page... many seem to be at the top of the 2nd page in google serps for selected medium competitive key terms.
Not sure when this change started happening but it's recent. This site is definitely NOT OUT of Panda... but, nonetheless it's something...
@ErnestHemingway - Jan 5, 2012
Some panda update taking place right now.
@onebuyone - Jan 6, 2012
changes seen yesterday now got rolled back and still no change in traffic
@banditwmm - Jan 6, 2012
I would like to add to this topic - since this morning my site getting amount of organic traffic close to pre 25 Dec - at the end of day i expect it to be doubled versus last days .
To early to make conclusions yet i think, just for information.
@johnhh - Jan 7, 2012
Something going on, just searched for [uk place name] keyword keyword and got a snow report shown on page one for a resort in New Zealand, no mention of [uk place name] keyword keyword ! Crazy.
@crobb305 - Jan 8, 2012
this morning, 4 new member profile pages have appeared on the search I am monitoring (a single word in the financial sector). The member profile pages are all identical to each other and all seem to be associated with legitimate websites, which makes me wonder if those website owners are unknowingly victims of a hack. Google seems to love it though and has shown no interest in cleaning up the mess since it started in September.
Also new to the ranks today: a domain that redirects to a Wikipedia page, a page that prompts a Google warning about security, and several new pages with content consisting of a jumbling of words that make no sense. This is a total of at least 10 new junk pages, all in the top 70 results.
@JuneBug - Jan 9, 2012
We saw traffic and revenue drop by 10-20% since January 1st. No new changes have been done to the site since November. I think there was certainly some kind of algorithm update.
@Universityzeus - Jan 9, 2012
Not sure if it's Panda, but something slammed us this weekend. All keyword SERPS are down a page or so, with our main head term down from 45 to 114... but one of our related head terms is still #1.
We were hit with Panda in June, and between then and September, did a site refresh visually, and also reviewed, and removed large amounts of low quality content. Since about august we've been inching back up the SERPs by about a page or so a month. Until this weekend.
Something about it doesn't quite feel like Panda, esp. since our site is more panda friendly than it's ever been.
No penalties showing in WMT either.
And we've add about half a dozen legit .edu links in the last month...
If this is Panda we're seeing, then I'm at a loss.
@Hooya - Jan 9, 2012
There was definitely an update of sorts on the 4th.
I was hit by Panda at the start of October 2011, losing 70% of traffic. However I managed (it managed) to recover after 30 days to pre "Panda" levels give or take.
Stats since the 5th Jan 2012 show another drop and no change in the last 4 days.
@dataguy - Jan 11, 2012
My heavily Feb 2011 Pandalized site is seeing a surge in traffic since about 4 PM this afternoon. I've already moved on and got a job working for the man, but I'd love to know if this is unique to my site or if there has been a Panda update that benefits my site for once.
@tysondbailey - Jan 12, 2012
I have noticed HUGE changes in rankings across SERPS. I saw 3 domains drop for almost all keywords. Went from raking first page for A LOT of keywords to barely hanging on the first page for exact match searches.
First site dropped on December 29, 2011. Other sites dropped this last week.
@Universityzeus - Jan 13, 2012
I definitely noticed a big drop the last 8 days or so for our main term. Now crawling back, slowly though.
@ErnestHemingway - Jan 13, 2012
Seen some changes...
@Hooya - Jan 13, 2012
re: my drop 7 days ago. We got pretty normal traffic yesterday. And today is looking similar. Recovery in 7 days....very odd. Google playing silly buggers?
@aamirkhan - Jan 14, 2012
Today is my BLACK day.
I lost all adsense sites. I am running 14 adsense sites since 6months. I am in top 3 for all my main keywords.
Suddenly on 13th Jan 7PM (IST) Google penalty all my sites and i am no where in top 70 results.
I was making 1600$/Day until 12th Jan... Now my adsense revenue is 14.5$ :(. I think this revenue came from other search engines.
I lost everything :(
@ehgee - Jan 14, 2012
huge changes for some of my keywords. What is strange is that not all have been hit, but those that have, have been hit badly and exactly down to the same levels as the Panda strike (they had gradually recovered to pre-panda levels). So, this is definitely Panda for me - only, not sitewide but individual pages this time. Something like, as if they had made a mistake bringing back most pages and have decided to push back the errant pages back again. Only that I do not know why they are errant :(
@AlyssaS - Jan 14, 2012
Anyone else seeing big changes in the SERPs today (Jan 14th)?
@wariental - Jan 14, 2012
Yup. It's ugly.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 10:10 am (utc) on Jan 17, 2012]