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This frequently offered idea - that Google is "punishing" site owners by not removing Panda demotions in a timely manner - doesn't sit well with me. What would Google possibly gain by such an approach?
Do you think Google assumes that all "shallow" content was created in an attempt to game their algorithm, then?
BTW, hubpages have a similar system, where each category has a "hot", "new" and "best" version (i.e. the category url ends with hot, latest or best).
We are now going to start testing moving individual authors to subdomains (e.g. pauledmondson.hubpages.com). This is a major development effort that is underway. Putting authors on a subdomain clearly delineates between sets of Hubs by author, so one authorís Hubs wonít negatively impact another.
We considered subdomains by topic and authors, and folders by both as well, but the feedback from Google was subdomains by author.
We talked with many sites that are structured this way and all the data we got back suggested that after a site got hit by panda, it brought traffic down in all subdomains when organized by topic.
[edited by: browsee at 8:33 pm (utc) on Jun 19, 2011]
What we all seeing at the moment (and I am only talking about GWT) is not panda 2.2 is in fact a pre panda 2.2 check (Little unfortunate but I am not able to mention the name of the Google employee, who has provided me with this info)
Do you think Google assumes that all "shallow" content was created in an attempt to game their algorithm, then?How do they sleep at night? Easy:
There will be no false claims from me.
This makes sense to me - and we certainly are seeing some GWT information that shows something is going on. All the strange crawling patterns and on-again off-again new rankings seem aligned with that.
My server is in fact located in US and what I have just noticed is that GWT showed 18% of increase on one of the pages comparing to last 2 weeks data and what is most interesting is that this page was hit on 24th then later again on 7th of March and I have not even touched this page at all.
Moreover Other pages that I have redesigned (in fact in the very same directory and with same links) have no change whatsoever. According to GA data traffic on that page has no changes yet, but it is back in US and ranking well as it was before Panda with 8000 UV monthly.