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When asked if an iteration of Panda was implemented this week, a Google spokesperson told us, “yes.” She also provided the following statement:
“We’re continuing to iterate on our Panda algorithm as part of our commitment to returning high-quality sites to Google users. This most recent update is one of the roughly 500 changes we make to our ranking algorithms each year.”
If you’ve followed the Google Panda update saga throughout the year, you may recall Dani Horowitz’s story. She runs an IT discussion community called Daniweb, and it was hit hard by the Panda update, but she made a lot of changes, and gradually started to build back some Google cred
This is bigger than us and not in our control.
Its impossible to operate under these conditions.
1,000's of real members dont agree, and make it known by living on the site and using it 24/7.
Why don't you explain to members your dilemma with Google and ask them for their support and suggest that with that support you can move forward.
because my focus is to get a user to what he/she wants as quickly as possible
but i always thought this alt tag has not that much to do with the ranking
( not much has been said if Panda has any involvement with images , but i assume it must ).
All I can think is that perhaps there is a different sort of Pandalisation I haven't previously considered, that a site is hit by Panda in a sense, but it removes a section of traffic but replaces it with a different sort of traffic, so the overall level remains nearly constant.
It looks like my site has taken a hit on the high traffic terms that it is perfect for and a boost on hundreds of low traffic terms for which it is not very helpful to visitors.Those terms are being sent to 'good sites'
If Panda is what I think it is (see previous post) then there is a fatal flaw in the whole concept. That is it neglects the direct effect that Google will have on its own results. If it rewards sites that fit the Panda model they will become a stronger fit to the Panda model and the whole thing becomes self fulfilling. As others have said Google just becomes a directory of sites that have been put their by the Panda model that are sustained by their fit to the Panda model that is fed by Google.I believe that too. Sites have been left to die since worst traffic bring you worst user engagement, and no sane person can say that Google didn't anticipate this.
This Bounce thing i hope thats just a speculation, be cause my focus is to get a user to what he/she wants as quickly as possible.
Bing does is that way, but Panda is a sitewide penalty when certain criteria is reached, so the entire site suffers. I know it first hand. Maybe if sections are divided clearly, it's different. maybe.
Oftentimes mis-matched traffic is the result of an ambiguous search term. In any case, a high bounce rate for one term logically shouldn't affect your rankings and traffic for other terms.