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Two Months Since Panda 2.1 - Effects On One Site



5:58 pm on Jul 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

On 6th May 2011 my widget trade directory site was Pandalised for "whatever" reason with mostly my trade widget images information being removed from the regular SERPs but remaining in the images index.

It is very noticeable to me that more people are having to use image search for these widgets since the current SERPs are generally garbage and clicking on results generally do not give an accurate representative widget image.

This has resulted in my page impressions now being 71% of Jan 1st until May 5th, clicks at 62.5% and earnings at 58.1% and believe me those earnings even on a monthly basis do not buy many beers!

I'm at the crossroads of deciding what to do with this site since, even though it has a lot of unique and valuable information not found anywhere else except for scraper sites, the Panda has squatted on it and, quite simply, I can't be a$$ed to create a horrible Alibaba type of site which now dominates much of my sector.

Autopilot seems to be the only recourse for 14 years work.

My B&M sites are fine, still averaging the same page impressions, yet earning a lot less because of Panda 2.1 at 56.8% and clicks at 63%.


6:46 pm on Jul 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Ha, I was just going to open a thread about it now that I don't see recent complains and things seem more "stable" (not that it means good).

My B&M sites are fine

what do you mean by that? curious.

My normal earnings where X, then when the crisis came I went down to 80% of X, thats 20% down, then 75% of what X used to be, that's my lowest. It was like that for months very stable but low. Then decided to stay on autopilot, I was too stressed about it (and other stuff) so it was better for me this way.

Pushed the earnings down even more, like 5% but quickly the earnings went up 10% then 20% reaching what X used to be more than 2 years ago. Then slowly went up a little bit more, now I'm 5% up of my original earnings before the crisis and before Panda, should I'll be happy? kinda...

Tricky numbers:
I have a few sites on my own, every single one with original content writen by me and my own pictures. My ugly duck, the site that's ugly, on autopilot forever and couldn't increase the earnings no matter what, except leaving it like it was, reduced its earnings by almost 50%. Another site just went dead... nothing! now is out of my network, no ads on it. I don't get it, it was pure original content with very stable traffic.

But my most copied website (pure content and pics), the one most copied by scrappers, that sometimes made me feel sad about other sites outranking me (with my own content and G doing almost nothing about my complains except banning the domain of the scrappers instead of the account) went up and compensates for the low earnings of my other sites. This site is appearing on first page of search results for its topics.

I have another interesting case that wen't up a little bit on traffic, no link building yet and is beginning to outrank some competitors. I have no ads on that site yet.

My conclusions on my personal case:
Happy? not so much, in fact worried. I have more earnings but depending on less sites. One is out and other at its 50%. Kinda satisfied with the growing traffic of that other site I mentioned, there is a lot of hard work there that never appeared to show on the results or earnings. I got kinda sick of all these so I left a lot of my articles on autopilot (autoposting) until I get more motivation.


8:08 pm on Jul 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

My B&M sites are fine

what do you mean by that? curious.

Bricks and mortar or fine?

Traffic to these various tlds remains consistent and a new site launched recently with more new product information is already ranking extremely well and earning some AdSense, in fact I reckon by the time I get this finished it may well be my best earner...well, that's in comparison to what I'm earning now and not versus 2006 or even pre-Panda!


1:38 am on Jul 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

@HuskyPup I think our emotional attachments to particular sites is what limits us from adapting to changes.

I had one site making an average of $150 I totally loved that site and updated it almost twice a day. Panda came in and that sites only earns 30% from its daily average.

I couldn't get myself to rewrite the content so I hired someone to do it for me. How the will rank after the rewrites and new content I have no idea but I'm working on new niches now.


10:12 am on Jul 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

I couldn't get myself to rewrite the content so I hired someone to do it for me.

The problem is that I cannot rewrite facts other than make them incorrect! For instance if you have a page devoted to and linked to world widget trade magazines by country, how can that be changed? I have many pages like that with world widget trade associations, world widget trade fairs, world widget machinery supplers, world widget testing services etc.

Insofar as images are concerned, sure I could add a whole load of text for each image but I just ain't gong to do that across tens of thousands of pages. People come to view these images to get a representative idea of what the product looks like.

If that sounds strange I am writing about natural products, some of which can visually vary enormously, and also products which many unscrupulous retailers re-name to try and fool Joe pUblic that their product is exclusive to them. In my image galleries they can actually view thousands of different widgets with their correct names and from where they originate and compare them to what they have been offered plus, obviously, if they find something they like they can ask their supplier for it by the correct name.


11:36 am on Jul 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

@Huskypup Your website seems like something I would be interested in visiting. I get so much rebranded electronics in my country making software updates and repairs a nightmare. Its probably my fault I buy cheap electronics.

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