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Panda On March 9th?
Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:07 PM
Trying to get find the cause of this traffic drop, I discovered there are about a half dozen other sites scraping it's content. This site is the original source of that content, but I'm not sure if Google realizes this; one of the sites scraping the content has similar rankings as the site I'm working on. I think Google may be suspecting this site of scraping content and it got hit by the Panda update, but the drop happened on March 9th and I believe the Panda update rolled out Feb 24th.
Do you agree this sounds like the cause? Anyway to tell for sure? What's the best course of action if so? Report spam sites and fill out re-inclusion request?
Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:11 AM
Could be. Impossible to know without studying all the factors. It wouldn't hurt to file a reinclusion request as long as you're not doing anything you wouldn't want the Google engineers to look at. Point out the other sites that are stealing your content, and if you can somehow prove it's yours, that would likely be best.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 12:09 PM
Now, it could be a Panda-2 update but I wouldn't worry so much about whether it's connected with Panda or not. The reality is that you lost traffic. You should review the Google Webmaster Guidelines with a broad interpretation to see if maybe the algorithm is assessing your content in a way you didn't expect.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 02:33 PM
Go to google.ca and perform a search on your keywords (making sure you avoid personalized search, of course). That is where your keywords would rank in the U.S. were it not for the Panda update.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:24 PM
Ron - It has only affected US traffic. Rankings weren't the same in google.ca as google.com even before this happened, but there has been no decrease in traffic from non-US Google visitors. That's a pretty strong indicator to me that it's the recent algorithm change, but I don't believe that is the only thing that can cause a drop in US rankings only. I guess that's one of my main questions really.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:38 PM
Send me a private message and I'll send you a list of forums where I have these reports. It won't be comprehensive.
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