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Minor Panda Update 19 Nov - Google announced on Twitter

     
5:05 am on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I haven't seen any change across any of the sites I monitor but saw this tweet earlier today:

[twitter.com...]

Official Google Twitter account announcing a small Panda update impacting 1% of queries on 19th Nov.

Anyone seeing anything?

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6:16 am on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The numbers keep getting smaller but 1% = 10,000,000 queries.
6:18 am on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Does the mean this is Panda 2.6?
6:33 am on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Got a big bump yesterday and today. But not sure if it's temporary and will be the Panda rise before the crash.
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I think it's best just to identify these Panda updates by their date. See [webmasterworld.com...]

We gave up on version numbering here when Google got picky
about what was a full version and a partial version.
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im seeing slight recovery today, up about 20% on a normal day..fingers crossed
12:28 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I spoke with Matt, he said a couple updates ago, he would have named 3.0, so I'd say we are now at 3.2. If we had to name it. :)
12:35 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Do you see it in all languages?
12:35 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have seen some dramatic drops for some of the long tail keywords that I monitor. I have also seen some good movement upwards for a couple of the core keywords that I look at.
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We've been hit by this latest Panda update on our profile pages only. Traffic down 40%-60% since Saturday.
2:36 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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i see nothing yet with any client sites, but we'll see the impact
2:37 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hmm, best Sunday for Google visitors in a couple months and we're not a shopping site. But it seems to me the week before Thanksgiving is always strong, maybe a lot of kids polishing off papers due before the holiday. Today will be a better indicator.
2:40 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Most of my clients are B2B, so it's always hard to judge something that happens over a weekend. But nothing looks abnormal so far.
2:51 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Just curious...
If you were effected by a change that happened November 19th, are you seeing anything strange in Webmaster Tools?

ie...timeout errors or unreachable pages?
3:36 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We are finding Google is replacing our meta title with it's own preference, and as a result our rankings have dropped.
3:44 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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your rankings won't have dropped because G changed your titles - they have been doing this for sometime - what will / could have happened is less traffic if the change has made your title less attractive - this has happened to some of my carefully worded titles that now read crap!
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@nmjudy

Bunch of DNS errors on the 18th under Crawl Errors. I never saw any of those before, but can't see why they would be a positive:-)
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@tigger Our rankings for those selected pages which have been affected have drop. E.g we were on page 1 position 2 for a search phrase now on page 2 at the bottom.

Also, some search phrases that were on page 1, are no where to be seen
4:21 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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That wouldn't be a function of changing your titles, but you may well have been hit by Panda.
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@Content_ed I was effected by the Panda update in April. Traffic tanked about 30% from April 17-July 17. I made no changes to the site. However, around mid July everything came back and then some.

My site has about 10,000 pages in the index. Two days ago, I noticed a bunch of DNS timeout or network timeout errors in Webmaster Tools. These are dated Nov 13, Nov 16 and Nov 19. There are now about 458 effected urls though these pages display perfectly for me.

Currently I'm not effected by decrease in traffic - but dreading a future shoe drop. Because of what happened in April, I'm just wondering if some the of believed "Panda" penalties are due to Googlebot issues.
5:21 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Bunch of DNS errors on the 18th under Crawl Errors. I never saw any of those before


Been seeing that for some URLs on a site I manage (at Hostgator) since the 13th. Probably incidental - but odd.
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Looks as though I have gained 30%+ for my Panda'd site. Lets see how long this lasts.
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Last time there was a matt cutts weather update the panda flux didn't occur until the following week -- did anyone else see that same behavior the last time? namely, do people believe that the flux hasn't started yet.
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I can assure you it has affected our .co.uk site, with all profile pages losing their rankings 40-60% at least.
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I have noticed changes. They are similar to ones that occurred on Nov 1 but rebounded. Now, it appears they have reverted to the Nov 1 mini-Panda.
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Never-panda'd client site saw big jump today. But I'd have to see it for a week or more till I believed it was related to the 11/19 change (and this is a short week)
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Just curious...
If you were effected by a change that happened November 19th, are you seeing anything strange in Webmaster Tools?

ie...timeout errors or unreachable pages?


Ahhh...so it's not just me. Yes, a bunch of them - "DNS issue" under "Unreachable" and "DNS lookup timeout" under "Timeout" and even a 500 error for good measure. And sure enough, traffic is down.
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Romania: -60% drop in one section of my website since 19 nov (identified using "Content Drilldown" from google analytics).
8:50 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Change was noted, about a 20% lift approximately back to the lift noted at Panda 2.5

this is a small 'data refresh' 2.5.4 i think i would call it
9:01 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Just looking at Google traffic for my site, it shows up 40% from the past month (Google only). Was hit on the first Panda cycle in Feb. So this is the first time I've ever seen a pronounced uptick on Google-only searches that coincided with a Panda round. While there is still a lot of ground to recover, this gives me some hope that I am on the right track. I'm hearing more recoveries than slides for this one.
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