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Am I hit with re-index or am I pandarised ?

1:42 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have a bunch of websites 10+ yrs which have always ranked well in G for my keywords.
I recently changed the whole structure of the websites intending to improve user experience and perhaps tweak the SERPS .
These websites were rolled out about the same time as Panda.
My sites are all hit!
In some cases , Down from #1 to gone!
I am hoping its just a total re-index by G and nothing to do with Panda - I don't copy content or develop link farms.

After the new sites were rolled out I checked the number of urls indexed by G for one or two of them and saw very few indexed. Monitoring access logs over the next few days showed googlebot working hard and now the inurl test shows many for them. I hope this means a reindex was being done.

When can I reasonably expect to see results appear in the SERPS after the next update in G?

2:59 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Did the URLs stay the same? or did the URL structure change?

Are you SURE (and I mean absolutely, positively, completely) SURE that you don't have any technical problems (bad canonical tags, meta noindex tags, blocked by robots, etc)?

(I ask this because when i did a restructure to two sites at more or less the same time, I still made several technical mistakes, despite having a "checklist" of things that needed to be done.)

Also, I know that YOUR site went down far in Panda, but was there a big change in the SERPs for ALL the top sites that you compete with? Or was it just your site?
3:06 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I recently changed the whole structure of the websites

You've answered your own question plus, unbeknown to everyone, you did it at completely the wrong time!

Unless you're prepared to re-upload the old sites the only thing you can do is sit tight because no matter what you do with the new sites you'll not know what effect you or Panda are having on them.

The simplest test would be to re-upload your smallest site and see what happens over the next week or so.

Bad, bad timing by the looks of it and especially so if you have change the url structure at all.
4:55 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I concur. I would say give it 6 weeks, to make a conclusion. Assuming your site is under 10,000 pages. My 35,000 page site took about 4 months to balance out when I made full template and navigation changes.
12:57 am on Apr 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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My website(s) total more than 25,000 pages so I guess it's a long wait for me.
I notice that even a search in G for the domain name of one of the principal domains does not show the actual domain in the SERPS. However a check of the inurl command shows G has indexed the page(s).
Does this mean the domain is 'sandboxed'?