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Did we see another Panda interation Sept 16-18 or so?

     
6:40 pm on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm hearing some reports of site-wide ranking demotions over the weekend that have a similar pattern to what we saw with Panda. That is, lots of keywords affected, but the demotions are not at all uniform the way we often see in a site-wide penalty.

Has anyone else seen something like this recently? How about (we can hope) any improvement in rankings for a previously Pandalized site?
4:45 pm on Sept 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Last week I noticed that my inbound links dropped by 90% according to GWT and this morning my traffic is reduced by 50% although I did retain my top rankings on my hardest earned keywords.

It looks like LESS links are being deemed worthy and so your rankings drop depends on how dependent you were on those links for you rankings.

LOSS OF SPECIAL RESULTS The search results look oddly cleaner in my niche. ask.com, yahoo answers and ehow are all newcomers so I'm not referring to quality but I've lost my "special" rankings (ie: multiple pages linked) so there are more sites above the fold now.
5:32 pm on Sept 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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So is it Panda or not? Something has changed.
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I am just not seeing anything that indicates a panda update. No sudden change in impressions (GWT), no sudden shift in traffic (Analytics) and no massive crawl spike (GWT). All three have been present in past updates.

However there was a massive crawl spike a few weeks ago but nothing happened then either. Maybe the site is out of panda and all the changes have lead to a lower ranking? doubtful, still at a 60% drop from pre-panda levels.
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Although were seeing less traffic to several local-focused sites, it looks like the 7-pack is not showing as much. Several 2-3 word phrases we track are no longer spawning the map and 7-pack, but instead... 3-4 organics, then the local listings (not a 7-pack though)

I can say with 100% certainty that there is a change in the way it calls places results into the general serp's. Maybe a precursor for tomorrows meeting? Link [webmasterworld.com]

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So is it Panda or not? Something has changed.

Something is going on, 15sept is a special date in my country so the traffic is very low around that day, but since 14 sept to this day the traffic went up an unusual 27% on the same site that went up since first Panda.

Anyway, this increase of traffic is not affecting the Adsense Earnings. This happened in the past, like it was some different kind of traffic. That time it lasted a week and a half I think, then it reverted (traffic) and the conversions were as good as before again.

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I can say with 100% certainty that there is a change in the way it calls places results into the general serp's. Maybe a precursor for tomorrows meeting? Link [webmasterworld.com]

WOW! That could very well make sense. If true, Holy freaking cow! It could show how a small change can cause a traffic jump. Traffic that it's still way less than it should be of course, but we'll take it.


Can't wait till the rest of jingles are taken out and ads labeled clearly as ads: Traffic jumps on average 214% %, everyone opens a thread to wonder W*H happened... ;)

[edited by: walkman at 5:57 pm (utc) on Sep 20, 2011]

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are you seeing changes from today
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Off topic - did WebmasterWorld just install a new text editor, like within a few minutes ago?

are you seeing changes from today


Yes, the changes seem to have taken hold on the local 7-pack within the last day or two at best.

Test it... "cityname locksmith" (Something that has gotten a LOT of attention lately) shows a mix off generic serp's plus local listings mixed in, but no 7-pack, no Google Places package.

cityname landscaper, cityname plumber... all the same, no more Google places listings.

2-3 general serp listings
7-10 map pin listings, but not a normal Google Places 7-pack.
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i agree. since you posted i've been pounding on local intent queries and have yet to see a 7-pack.
6:24 pm on Sept 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It's possible that as we go along, Panda iterations will show less and less obvious impact to most websites. After all, the early "verdicts" were already passed and it would take a major shift in Panda's logic to have another major disruption that gets many webmaster's buzzing.
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I just searched "nearest major city locksmith" and I still get the seven pack both signed in and signed out.
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What mhansen said.

When I search for mycity locksmith I get

3 adwords listings
3 organic serps
7 map pin listings
4 organic serps

One thing of interest - there is a Google map in the right sidebar - but as you scroll down, the map moves down too, obliterating the adwords listings in the right sidebar!
9:52 pm on Sept 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Folks, this thread is about whether Panda was just run again, not Local 7-packs. mhansen started a new thread to discuss the changes in when 7-packs get triggered: [webmasterworld.com...]
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No changes here - but slight sales increase so maybe more targeted results. Suggest that this run, if it exists, affects a minority of sites through normal flux, the BIG one has yet to run.

Note a major Panda run is now, according to me overdue.

Tedster - can we have the thread with the Panda run dates back, or is there a reason it was deleted or moved. As I can't see it.
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I'm still deep in the dog house with Google.

There was a 50% drop in traffic and Adsense earnings following Panda, then a slight recovery. But since August, my site has been down 60% compared to the same time period last year.

I've had some pretty knowledgeable people look at my site and they can't put their finger on the problem.

It is very discouraging, to say the least.
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@shallow Understand - I have dragged people out of retirement, who are way over my pay grade, they can't work it out either. However it's just a machine, but my guess is the data collection started in Oct 2010, and what we are seeing is machine intelligence gone wrong.

Remember HAL...
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Panda Run Dates [webmasterworld.com]
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I noticed a little bit more ttraffic then "usual", whatever usual is nowadays, during the weekend. Today it's down again so who knows with Google? We are all nothing but guessing and if you ask me,then we willnever be able to figure out what they are doing. It seems like alot of sites don't give a **** about what Google is doing and they are pretty high in the results, so what gives.
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My site has completely disappeared from Google on 16. september. Not banned, "just" lost rankings so I can't find it anywhere for any keywords... Even for those where I had 1. page.

It's terrible, that's my first site only 2 months old, and I have no idea what I did wrong and what to do now :(
12:58 am on Sept 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Update: Google told me, "There was no update in the past couple days. The most recent update was in August, when we rolled out the algorithm change internationally to most languages." [seroundtable.com...]
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I can't put my finger on it but Google made an "experiment" between the 16th and 20th.
4:59 am on Sept 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I can't see any changes and usually see some of my sites move in each update, so IMO not a panda a panda update but also agree it must be overdue
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Actually I think something *has* changed, but I don't think it's Panda.

One of my sites (the one I mentioned earlier - which seen traffic rises for each Panda, a couple of times ~30% traffic rises) hasn't changed when it comes to traffic.

However a few of my other ones (fairly new, very little traffic) have started receiving a small-but-steady amount of traffic as of 2-3 days ago. I have also been promoting them a bit so it could just be coincidence, but it does seem like it could be as the result of a Google update of some sort.
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I'm not noticing any changes, either in my rankings or the sites around me. Usually with previous Pandas there has been at least some shuffling, so I'll buy that it hasn't run yet.
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All the way,we should provide good content for our site,and give it good link.
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Have seen a UK site that was already hit by panda hit hard again yesterday (Tuesday) and has lost a lot of page one rankings.
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I didn't informed before something similar like your problem. I have learned lot of tips from this sharing. Thanks everybody.
12:58 pm on Sept 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Matt Cutts was asked yesterday on Twitter [twitter.com]:

"Is there a new and potentially big update on the horizon? Seems things are a bit weird on the SERPs at the mo..."

And Matt Cutts replied:

"AFAIK nothing too crazy right now. It's hard to predict which of 500+ algo updates/year will attract attention though."
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Not that hard to predict though, is it Matt...? It's the S#!T ones!
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"AFAIK nothing too crazy right now. It's hard to predict which of 500+ algo updates/year will attract attention though."

Looks like he has gotten down the GoogleySpeak very well. Matt is apparently in Washington...talking about spam and title tags to US Senators. [mercurynews.com...]

Not that hard to predict though, is it Matt...? It's the S#!T ones!

Suggy, remember how many webmasters are /were wary of changing something that works for fear of breaking it? Google is the same, Panda rocked...for them!
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