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A Panda Protection Plan?



7:11 am on Aug 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member sgt_kickaxe is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member

We all have pages that, without warning, fall out of favor in Google and we've all been frustrated in trying to figure out why. Google won't tell you why a page suddenly receives zero visitors and it's clear, since Panda/Penguin, that pages can work against the rest of your site. This being the case I'm trying to be pro-active with a plan.

Using Google analytics I set up a method of identifying pages that receive no traffic from search within a given 14 day period and these are automatically moved into a category on my site reserved for news type articles. Articles that aren't meant to be a challenge to my top page for any given keyword. All articles within this category have a google noindex meta tag applied.

The result is that if Google isn't sending traffic the article is de-indexed where I can either leave it that way or modify it and send it back into circulation. I mean, if Google won't send traffic to it and it *might* be working against the rest of my site it should be deindexed, right?

See any problems with this plan?


5:28 am on Aug 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

I think moving content to another domain or a subdomain will only work if the original domain no longer links to that content.

@claaarky there's something in what you say. It sounds logical to me and it could be the reason why they haven't escaped Panda.
Today, I checked and saw that they have already switched back their subdomains to to their root domain. So, it wasn't a good practice anyway.
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