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Many Weeks since the Panda Update - Any Improvements?

7:04 pm on Mar 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It has been 2 weeks now since google's Farmer update on Feb. 24th, for the sites that are affected, anyone see any improvements? For my site, we have started to remove low quality content a week ago, but have not seen any ranking improvements so far.
11:25 am on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Here is why I think they can rank higher: Google says that their robots revisit sites more frequently if content is added quickly. If all I had to do was scrape content, I can get tons of content up quickly. If Google believes they were the first to post the content, they must have created it.

I agree with this. As aggressively as Google might crawl a site, many scrapers are more aggressive. After all, scrapers don't care if they crash your server (Google does) and they don't have to crawl the entire web like Google does. So, when you post a new page of content, there's an extremely high likelihood that a scraper will get your content before Google sees it.

From that point, the question is whether Google crawls the scraper site's page (with your content on it) before they crawl yours. If they do, they may erroneously assume that the scraper site wrote the content and you copied it from them (!).

To get their scraped page crawled before you, the scraper site just has to be a little more sophisticated than you -- e.g. they submit the scraped page to Google via RSS feed, XML site map, Twitter tweet, etc.

In contrast, if you are just hoping that Google will deep crawl your site and find your original content, before it gets to the scraper site's page, that's not a good bet.

For me, a takeaway from Panda is that I need to get my original content in front of Googlebot as fast as possible in order to make the record clear and stake a claim that it's my content, and doesn't originate from the many scrapers that can quickly grab it.
12:07 pm on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It seems to me that any attempt to measure quality would be using at least some of this kind of measurement.


I think this hits the nail on the head totally! I really think it all has to do with thin content.

How do you quantify thin content? You know it when you see it... You are basically looking for something that is mostly that is really just your web site's template with a small amount of content. I.e. the content accounts for less than 30% of the total code.

That is the only thing I see on all my sites that were hit. If more than 10% of my site was those "thin" pages, Panda ate it!

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