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Nearly three months after the Panda update, traffic isn't back to where it was before the update, but Lieberman says the site is slowly climbing back up in search result rankings. "Itís been extremely challenging, but exciting, too," Lieberman says. "Even in a downturn like this, it is exciting to see the effects of what you are doing to get you back to where you were."
In a site that was discussing this story, the owner, Mitch, said that he was misquoted, the traffic hasn't budged at all. Apparently all the links he's got so far from WSJ, NPR and blogs discussing them didn't help him.
"Poor" quality pages were taken out. More links were asked for and received to badly affected pages, which promptly fell further. Pages were re-written wholesale, and new pages added to make the whole site more relevant to the targeted search terms. At no stage did any page actually rise in the SERPs for the targetted terms and the sites as a whole continue to receive fewer and fewer clicks.
Like others I am investing $$$$$s in developing new and better content. I am losing income from ads that I have taken down. But I feel I don't have a choice until I can past Panda, and I am likely to keep trying for sometime.
five figuresI have re-invested mid-high 6 figures - should have stashed the cash ...
but it's unlikely anyone's broken the Panda's grip,
Is it related to Chrome users - look at the market share - 84% don't use Chrome browsers.
one way furniture has been taking the wrong direction. They believe (like many others) that the reason behind there lost rankings is because there descrptions are not unique. They have resorted to rewriting all of there product descriptions. It is a shame that it is a complete waste of time. one way furniture looks like it was penalized more than it was pandalized. Some very obvious factors that they were penalized are: ....
2. There homepage does not come up #1 for a search of onewayfurniture.com likely meaning there homepage was penalized.
The thing is Chrome users probably have a geek (technologically literate) bias, they don't represent the everyday person. They may not respond as well to a site about knitting as with a site about the latest Apple "this changes everything" product.
Right now there are no known Panda cure experts - at all. They didn't see this one coming. Keep your eyes peeled for the first one - could be a long wait.
Lieberman fired the firm he was using to acquire inbound links, and replaced it with another one, though he declines to name either company. He also hired four copywriters to write original product descriptions that are friendly to search engines. For example, a bar stool that previously used a manufacturer-supplied bullet list of details as its product description now has a five-sentence description that details how it can complement a bar set-up, links to bar accessories and sets the tone by mentioning alcoholic beverages, all of which makes it more SEO-friendly, Lieberman says.
"So yeah, this Panda update is about the role good content plays in your search results but itís more about the links it takes to make that content sing."
From where I sit, you can write the most spectacular content and upload it to your site but at the end of the day, if you donít promote it, no one will see it. And if no one sees it, no one will:
click it (bounce-back/click through data)
bookmark it (links)
tweet it (links, signals)
feature it in the media (links, signals)
blog about it (links, signals)
add it to credible sources like Wikipedia (clicks/exposure)
In short, 85% of those who were allegedly hit by the Panda update has seen zero improvement since they have been hit. 5% of those who were allegedly hit said they had a total recovery. 9% of those who were allegedly hit said they had a partial recovery.
Like I said before, I really think no one has recovered fully from this Google update - not yet at least.
First move was last Monday 5/16. Moved up 15% after many changes.
My team is hard at work replacing our entire Web site - the whole thing is being retooled at a cost of > 2,500 hours. Look on the bright side.
If not, RIP.