Sgt_Kickaxe - 7:08 am on Mar 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
A highly discussed "fix" for a perceived Panda slap has been the purge and merge approach, where a webmaster selectively purges low value content and/or merges low value pages together.
With regards to the merge half of that equation, is a 301 permanent redirect and content move from one low value page to a better location not essentially saying "Yo, Panda, this crappy content of doom is being moved onto that page or pure awesomeness"? That in turn might be interpreted as "hmm, the crap is on the move, step on it again" resulting in a lower value to the receiving page?
- fewer low value pages = good
- fewer low value pages via 301's from them to better pages = ?
All kidding aside, should I worry about redirecting low value content onto pages that were not affected by Panda? e.g. should purge and merge become purge and purge some more? I don't have enough data to have a definitive answer on my sites just yet.