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-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Were You Affected By the Panda Update? The Panda update affected one in every eight websites in Google's index and is arguably the biggest algorithm update they've ever done. In studying many of the sites affected by this update I have come up with a list of items they all have in common, and I think I have a pretty good idea of what caused people's sites to lose their rankings. Follow this guide and you can get out of the rut, and prevent your site from being dropped in the future. 1. Duplicated, trash or Scraped Content Many will scare you in post Panda era with warnings like bellow: What is the primary content on your site? Is it junk content generated by some "article generator"? It doesn't matter how good your Markov algorithm is and how nice the articles look, if it doesn't make sense to a reader it's junk. Are you scraping RSS feeds as your primary content? This is also a bad idea, because this content is duplicated all over the net. You can get some pretty neat software products to scrape RSS feeds and make pages out of them, or even scrape Wikipedia or similar sites, but in the end if this is your main content, you'll lose your rankings. Now, don't let it scare you. There's no way anyone can produce 100% unique content.The latest studies show that people usually use 80% the same words when talking about the same things. Meaning, if you need articles on weight loss, no matter how good the article writter is, the most common words will be used that are used in millions articles accross the web. Google can't ask us to invent new words just to be unique. The first thing first, Google bots do not read as humans, so perfect english doesn't mean much to them (but yes, it means to site's visitors). Second, they are searching for the words and phrases that people type in the search box. So, here we are again : you MUST use those same words to be found by Google and by people interested in the topic. There's no way arround it. When we talk about high quality post Pand content we assume that it's SEO optimized (contains specific keywords / phrases that people search for) and that it's readable and interesting for website visitors. This can be done pretty easy and fast by using the new generation of the best 'post Panda' tools and methods, so you shouldn't be worry. 2. Links Spammed in Bad Neighborhoods This is another one I've been warning about for years. Are you posting your links at FFA (free for all) sites, linkdumps and more? You could be putting yourself at risk. Take a good look at the site. Are they providing any real value to their visitors? If the answer is no then you shouldn't be posting your link there. Even if it is a "hot PR6.EDU" domain with a backdoor that lets you post your own link, resist the temptation. Google uses human reviewers and they spot this stuff and make sure nobody gets link juice from them, and also may punish those who try.

3. Comment Spam Don't do it! There are plenty of good opportunities to post valuable comments on relevant sites. There is nothing wrong with this, however randomly commenting on sites just to get your links up is a bad idea. If you are trying to sell diet pills and you post your link on some automotive enthusiast blog you've done nothing to help your rankings. In most cases people will filter and delete in anyway, and in the worst case Google will penalize you for it. 4. Watch Your Bounce Rate Are you paying attention to your bounce rate? If you're using Google Analytics on your site, you can check your bounce rate to see how often people leave your site immediately. If you have a high bounce rate (around 70% or more, this number is debated frequently) then many of your customers are hitting your page, and immediately leaving. While we don't know for sure if Google is using this as a signal, I do know personally that many sites that get de indexed during algorithm shuffles seem to have this in common. If your bounce rate is high, you need to ask yourself "why are people leaving my site so fast?". 5. Bad Navigation / Intrusive Advertising This seems to be another thing sites slammed by Panda have in common. If your navigation is so bad you can't move around the site effectively, or you have interstitial ads that cover the whole page, you may be affected by the Panda update. Many of the sites hit hardest by this update have problems with navigating, or have too many pop ups and interstitials getting in the way of the content. 6. Is the Content Valuable? This is a pretty simple question, but a very important one. Is this good content? Does it represent what the searcher is looking for? If you get traffic from a set of keywords and your page content doesn't match up with them, you won't keep those rankings for long. Google uses human reviewers and when they see irrelevant results it's noted. This also increases your bounce rate which was mentioned in item #4. 7. Low Quality Pages on a High Quality Site Do you have a few "splash pages" elsewhere on your site, or some cheesy landing pages you use to sell things? We've all done this, myself included and it's been shown that even a few low quality pages on a high quality site will affect the rankings. Google has even come out and admitted this, so if you have a great site, but a few spammy landing pages or doorway type pages included in the site, get rid of them immediately. 8. Doorway or Landing Pages To continue what I was just saying above, get rid of these. Landing pages are ok as long as you aren't loading them up with keywords, using hidden text or deceptive things like that. Also you want to avoid creating landing pages that are similar in each other. Multiple landing pages with similar content are flagged as doorway pages. Try to avoid doing this at all costs, because it will be picked up and you will be punished for it.

9. Too Many Affiliate Links There is nothing wrong with affiliate marketing, in fact many successful businesses are built on affiliate programs. It's one of the best ways to make money online due to the lack of overhead, shipping, inventory etc. If your site is loaded up with affiliate links however, Google will not rank your site as well. Google has the opinion that if your site is 100% affiliate content it's a junk site. Make sure and add some content in to the site, and use the affiliate stuff for ads on the side, not actual content. 10. Keyword Stuffing Another outdated SEO trick is still being used in the wild, and it still doesn't work. Loading up your text with keywords does a few things for you. It makes your text less readable, sounds silly and compromises your credibility. Did I mention it it doesn't work? Keyword stuffing hasn't worked for years, and with the Panda update, it actually hurts you. Many of the sites I've seen that were "punished" by Panda were doing this. Adding keywords is fine but keep the density very low (35%) and make sure it sounds natural. Read it out loud, and if sounds silly don't do it. Conclusion I hope these tips help you get a better idea of how to Panda proof your site. Even if you have been hit by this update, you can recover. By following these rules you can shield yourself against future updates as well. I have repeated the mantra countless times on my website and elsewhere: keep it honest. It pays off every time. ............................................................................................................................................................... PANDA SAFE.. EASY... AUTOMATED...PROFITABLE...NEW BLOGGING 2012:

How To Panda Proof Your Website