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12:24 pm on Feb 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I have a site that is heavy on images with many pages having an image but maybe a sentence description. I don't want google to penalise me with some panda update due to thin content - the images/photos are there primarily to spread the word and encourage social sharing - I was wondering is it enough to make such pages nofollow to ward off panda or should i also make them noindex?
3:11 pm on Feb 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Do you have pages that aren't thin on the site, or is the whole site like this?
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NoIndex might be a sensible precaution - especially if Google doesn't send much traffic to these pages.

NoFollow won't help you with Panda.

NoIndex will make google perceive your site as smaller though - which isn't so good.

Can't guarantee NoIndex is protective against Panda - I've done extensive NoIndexing as part of a Panda recovery, which hasn't helped (yet) - although others report success - so signals (as ever) are mixed.
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'Do you have pages that aren't thin on the site, or is the whole site like this?'

No its a separate section where I post images and embedded youtube videos...my fear is that if i grow it too much it will backfire.
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Google's all about percentages and signals, so you probably want to keep your thin content in check. (And no, there's no hard and fast numbers on that, but me, I try to keep it at least 2 to 1 on in depth vs thin)
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I was wondering is it enough to make such pages nofollow to ward off panda or should i also make them noindex?

Isn't that backward?

I know exactly what you're describing btw. I had one batch of image-oriented pages that were thin to the point of emaciation: header, picture, navigation footer, no other text at all. All were flagged "noindex". (In the past tense because I recently said the ### with it and did some wholesale deleting.)

In one sense it may be academic because a page with next-to-no text is not likely to come up in searches. But I worried about the huge disproportion between thin pages and fat pages. I don't have many middle-sized pages.