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Recovering From Panda

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Italian Hawk, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Italian Hawk

    Italian Hawk Power Member

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    I just read an interesting article which I will link to for purposes of debate.

    http://searchengineland.com/why-google-panda-is-more-a-ranking-factor-than-algorithm-update-82564

    Anyways, I was hit pretty hard by the Panda update and I was wondering if somebody knew of an easy way to improve my rankings back to their previous rankings.

    I have a network of like 50-60 sites on the same hosting (probably a mistake) that are all similarly related in concept. Small niche sites is what I'd compare them to. There is the home page, .com that contains the content. Then there is sometimes like a testimonial type page mostly with pictures. An about page with minimal content. A contact us page with literally like no content.

    If I were to add 10-20 pages on a site, could this potentially be the only problem I had with google's updates? The updates appear to have marked my sites as low quality as mentioned in that above article so by adding 10-20 pages and adding a few backlinks to them should hopefully remove this "low quality penalty" right?

    Interested in hearing from other low-content panda affected micro niche marketers out there to see if they've had any success with simply adding more content or if there is something else needing to be done.

    Yes, I know. Before you say it, "even before panda having sites like this was bad". Well aware of this, I purchased most of these and never had time to add the content. They were all hit on pretty much the same day and then it seems as though they were hit again a few months later bringing them completely out of competition range.

    So yes, the goal is to add more content eventually. The question is, do I do that first if I'm hoping to first regain my previous rankings?
     
  2. Kaithe.Clarke

    Kaithe.Clarke Regular Member

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  3. LBrown

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    Check your keyword density. I only had one site that was effected by the Panda and its homepage had a density of about 4%. I brought that down to 1.5% and it popped back into place in the SERPs.

    My site that was effected was a large site with close to 1k indexed pages. None of my micro niche sites were effected by Panda. Many of my micro niche sites have less than 10 posts so being small is not the problem.
     
  4. ThopHayt

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    1.5%... that is a picky panda. Seems ridiculous that google requires such low density.
     
  5. Italian Hawk

    Italian Hawk Power Member

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    Oh wow. I have a 7.5% keyword density and from running a few other sites through a check they all seem to be up above 5%. I'll give that a try on one or two sites, on another two sites I'll try adding more content, and for the sake of comparison I'll do both on a few others.

    I'll let you guys know how that goes. I'm still interested in hearing other potential thoughts on it.
     
  6. Longover

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    I've noticed that if you follow the guidelines of that seopressor plugin for wordpress, you over-optimize your page. I've had a few sites slapped initially when panda first took affect. I removed the plugin and removed a lot of what it recommended... a few sites recovered... some still haven't.
     
  7. Italian Hawk

    Italian Hawk Power Member

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    Well my keyword density is much higher than I had thought. Some of the density checkers had them over 10%. For the record, these were sites I had purchased and managed, I didn't write the content myself. So now I have to go through and lower that a bit, add a few more backlinks and some more content to the sites, and it'll hopefully start to show some positive affects.