TheOptimizationIdiot - 6:04 pm on Mar 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
Tend to disagree with TOI regarding the effect of Panda on rankings. In my experience some pages can still rank very well on page 1 even with a very heavy Panda demotion.
I have to agree with claaarky - I had several (hundreds) of #1 rankings that dropped to 5-10 in the first panda and lost 60-70% of my traffic overnight overall (so about 85% of organic google traffic)- most of the traffic percentage from those top rankings.
I guess I've been thinking of "getting hit by Panda" as the "negative side of the re-rankings" not some other site (or 4) scoring higher on the positive side of the re-rankings and ranking higher, cause in the first case something is "wrong" on the site causing a demotion but in the second something is "better" on the other sites causing them to be promoted.
Part of the reason I've thought of it that way is it gives me better idea of do I need to "find something to fix" or "find something to improve" and for me they're really two totally different things to look at. Or in other words a 4 or 5 position drop would say to me something needs to be improved (as in adding more of something to what's there) but a "big hit" would say something is wrong with what's there already and it needs to be fixed.
And a 4 or 5 position change in ranking calculation could legitimately happen from any of the 500+ updates a year, so I haven't even bothered thinking "got hit by Panda" in those situations, but think more along the lines of "what's missing" or "needs to be improved" rather than "oh, there was a ranking change it must be Panda what's wrong and needs to be fixed".
There's really two different starting points I get out of the different perspective on what constitutes "getting hit" by Panda since it's a re-ranking piece of the algo not simply a penalty machine and the other algo adjustments change ranking positions too.
I'll try to adjust my thinking though.