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More On Google Panda And The Core Update

More On Google Panda And The Core Update

This week saw a couple of major pieces of SEO news. One was the aftermath of a Google Core algorithm update, which rolled out about a week ago. The other is that the infamous Panda algorithm is now baked into that core algorithm. Have you noticed any significant Google changes since the update? Let us know in the comments. There …

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An Important Change To Google’s Panda

An Important Change To Google’s Panda

The Google Panda Update has been around for five years and has dominated more headlines than probably any other Google algorithm change over that time. It was so big that it transcended industry press, making headlines from more mainstream media outlets. An important change has been made with Panda, and it affects how Google utilizes it from here on out. …

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Don’t Do This If You’ve Been Hit By Google’s Panda Update

Don’t Do This If You’ve Been Hit By Google’s Panda Update

Google’s Panda update has been around since February 2011 and continues to wreak havoc on websites when it finds content issues. Sometimes it’s not clear that the site suffering Panda’s wrath actually deserved to be algorithmically penalized. Either way, some sites have been hit really hard by it over the years, and one tactic that has sometimes been employed has …

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Google Gives Updates On Panda, Penguin

Google Gives Updates On Panda, Penguin

Wondering what’s going on with Google’s Panda and Penguin updates? Well, not much has changed, but the company did address both at an industry conference. At SMX East, Google’s Gary Illyes reportedly said that the last Panda refresh is STILL rolling out. They had said up front that it was going to be a slow roll-out, and they were not …

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Webmasters Suspect A Reverse In Google’s Latest Panda Update

Google began rolling out its latest Panda refresh in July, and made it pretty clear that it would be a very slow roll-out. Presumably it’s still in the process as they said it would take a few months to complete. Google indicated that it was going so slowly because of some technical issues (as opposed to purposely trying to confuse …

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Google Said A Little More About The Panda Refresh

Google has said before that its most recent Panda refresh would roll out slowly, taking months instead of day. It is a global refresh. It has also said that it is going so slowly because of technical issues rather than trying to confuse webmasters and SEOs. Search Engine Land is sharing some new details about the latest Panda after speaking …

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Here’s Why Google’s Panda Update Is So Slow

Google’s latest Panda refresh is running really slowly, which pretty much adds insult to injury for sites negatively impacted by the previous one, which rolled out all the way back in October. When that one rolled out, Google implied that things would start moving with it more smoothly. After that, it took a surprisingly long time for Google to finally …

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Is Google’s Latest Panda Refresh Too Slow?

Last Friday, Google confirmed that it had finally begun rolling out a refresh to its infamous Panda algorithm the prior weekend. It’s still rolling out as the company said it would take “a few months” to complete. Are Google’s Panda refreshes too slow and far between? Share your thoughts in the comments. The update, Google’s Gary Illyes said, affects 2 …

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Google Updates Webmasters On Panda and Penguin

At the SMX Advanced conference on Tuesday, Google’s Gary Illyes made some comments about what webmasters will be able to expect from Google with regards to its Panda and Penguin updates in the near future. April saw Google’s transparency being called into question again in light of mixed messages it had been sending about both updates – both of which …

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Is Google’s Panda Not Doing Its Job Well Enough?

Google has been advising webmasters against publishing thin content for years. In fact, the famous/infamous Panda update was designed to weed thin content out of the high rankings of Google’s search results. Obviously that hasn’t completely deterred websites from producing it. Do you think the Panda update has done its job well? Let us know what you think in the …

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Google Panda Update MIA For About Six Months

What happened to the Google Panda update? It seems to have gone missing for about six months after Google last officially confirmed a refresh in September. Those keeping track indicate that it hasn’t been updated or refreshed at all since October (the company had said it would be a slow rollout in the first place). “Based on user (and webmaster!) …

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Site Takes Google Pounding, Reduces Staff

Google updates can have devastating effects on websites that depend on traffic from the search engine to thrive. It’s become clear over the years that it’s not wise to depend on Google or any other one source of traffic, because that source can go away in the blink of an eye, and then you’re stuck with some major problems. We’ve …

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Is This New Panda Update Helping Small Sites?

If you’re feeling the effects of a Google algorithm update this week, there’s a good chance it’s Panda. No, Google hasn’t already launched another one. It’s still the last one. It’s just not done rolling out (at least as of Monday). Have you felt the effects of Google’s algorithm this week? Let us know in the comments. On September 25th, …

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New Google Panda Update Should Help Small Sites

There’s officially a new Panda update rolling out. If you have a small or medium-sized site, Google is suggesting this could potentially help you, though we’ve heard that before. Are you seeing any effects from the new Panda update? Good or bad? Let us know in the comments. Google doesn’t typically announce or confirm Panda refreshes these days, but when …

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New Google Panda Update Refresh Suspected

Google hasn’t confirmed that it rolled out a new Panda refresh, but signs point to one hitting on September 5th (Friday), according to Search Engine Roundtable and SEOs. Barry Schwartz points to a post in the Google Webmaster Help forum from a webmaster whose site was hit, and shares a response he received from Google, which is standard Panda advice: …

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Google Panda Update Leads To Death Of Yahoo Product

As you probably know, Google’s Panda update originally targeted content farm sites. Demand Media’s eHow was the poster child, but back in the early Panda days, Yahoo also had such a content network called Associated Content. After Panda, it deleted 75,000 articles, following in the footsteps of Demand Media’s recovery strategy. It also changed Associated Content to Yahoo Voices as …

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Facebook Says Your Organic Reach Would Be Worse If It Showed Everything In The News Feed

Facebook’s Brian Boland wrote a lengthy blog post about the much talked about decline in organic reach of Facebook Page posts. It’s happening for two main reasons, he said: more and more content is created and shared every day and News Feed is designed to show users content that’s most relevant to them. It’s not about money, according to Facebook. …

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Press Release Sites Take A Hit In Google’s Rankings

It would appear that some big name press release distribution sites have taken a hit in Google. Sean Malseed at Seer Interactive pointed out that PRWeb lost over half of its traffic, and dropped out of the first 20 Google results for over 8,000 keywords, based on data from SEMrush. “It looks like there’s guilt by association, as well,” writes …

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Is Google’s Panda Update Helping Small Businesses?

Early last week, Google pushed out a couple of big algorithm updates: a new version of the so-called “Payday Loans” update and a new generation of the famous/infamous Panda update. Google has been talking up the latter for a while, saying that it would benefit smaller sites and businesses, and be gentler overall. Has it lived up to this promise? …

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Google’s eBay Hit Was Apparently Manual

As reported last week, eBay appeared alongside the biggest apparent losers from Google’s most recent Panda update, which is supposed to be softer than past updates, and make things a little better for smaller sites and businesses. According to reports, it turns out eBay was hit by a manual penalty rather than Panda. Just after the update was announced, Moz …

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Google: Panda 4.0 Brings in ‘Softer Side,’ Lays Groundwork For Future

Back in March, Google’s Matt Cutts spoke at the Search Marketing Expo, and said that Google was working on the next generation of the Panda update, which he said would be softer and more friendly to small sites and businesses. Last week, Google pushed Panda 4.0, which Cutts reiterated is a bit softer than previous versions, and also said will …

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Searchmetrics Lists Winners And Losers Of Google’s New Panda Update

As reported earlier this week, Google has launched a new version of the Panda update, which the company has officially dubbed version 4.0. It just happened to come around the same time as another big algorithm update aimed at cleaning up spam (a new version of the “Payday Loans” update). When Google launches new Panda updates, Searchmetrics typically attempts to …

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Google Pushes MetaFilter To Layoffs

Sites fall victim to Google’s algorithms all the time, but this week, one in particular is getting a great deal of attention. MetaFilter, which was a popular web destination years ago (it claims to have still had over 80 million readers last year), was hit by a Google update (possibly Panda, but it’s unclear) a year and a half ago, …

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Google Launches Two Algorithm Updates Including New Panda

Google makes changes to its algorithm every day (sometimes multiple changes in one day). When the company actually announces them, you know they’re bigger than the average update, and when one of them is named Panda, it’s going to get a lot of attention. Have you been affected either positively or negatively by new Google updates? Let us know in …

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What Have Google’s Biggest Mistakes Been?

Do you feel like Google makes many mistakes when it comes to trying to improve its search results? Do you think they’ve gone overboard or not far enough with regards to some aspect of spam-fighting? In the latest Google Webmaster Help video, head of webspam Matt Cutts talks about what he views as mistakes that he has made. He discusses …

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Here’s A Look At Demand Media’s Latest Google-Proofing Efforts [Updated]

Article Updated: See the end. As reported last month, Demand Media is now extending its content creation services to brands, publishers and agencies, essentially selling the content it has been using to get search traffic, monetizing it thorough brand partnership-based content marketing since taking a beating from Google’s algorithm. If you’re not familiar with Demand Media’s history with Google, the …

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Bao Bao: Baby Panda Ventures Outside

What could be cuter than a baby panda? How about one that is experiencing the outside for the first time in its young life. Baby Bao Bao was treated to her first day out at the National Zoo and seemed to enjoy herself as she attempted to climb trees and explored her surroundings. Bao Bao played outside for about two …

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Google Granted The Panda Patent?

Google has been granted what could be its patent for the controversial Panda update. It was filed on September 28, 2012, a year and a half after the update first launched, and awarded this week on March 25th. It may or may not be related to the actual Panda update, though Search Engine Land seems pretty sure that it is …

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Cutts On Determining If You Were Hit By An Algorithmic Penalty

If you’ve ever lost your search engine rankings to a competing site, you may have wondered if you were suffering from an algorithmic penalty from Google or if your content simply wasn’t as good as your competitors’. You’re not the only one. Google’s Matt Cutts takes on this question in the latest “Webmaster Help” video: How can you tell if …

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Google Is Working On The ‘Next Generation’ Of Panda

Google’s Matt Cutts spoke at the Search Marketing Expo on Thursday, and reportedly said that the search team is working on the “next generation” of the controversial Panda update, which will be softer and more friendly to small sites and businesses. Do you expect Google to really be more friendly to small sites? Let us know in the comments. Barry …

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