Google has released another Panda Update they called “mini”. This Panda Update affected approximately 10% of all websites (that is over 18 million websites). Not so mini, ha?
Ok, I got a problem… 2 of my websites that had decent traffic got slapped by Google. It happened overnight on October 13.
I just found out that it was “mini” Panda update. It was confirmed by Matt Cutts on his Twitter.
Google has changed it’s algorithms and it affected me badly…
Does this Panda Update affected your websites?
Never thought it would happen to me. As I heard before, Panda Updates were targeting mainly large websites that was posting thousands of articles every day. Mine was not like that at all!
Mine are very small websites nothing to compare with Hubpages and eHow. I’m such a small player…
Because Google never tells in advance (or even after) they do their algo changes, people just have to guessing. (The only mention is Matt Cutt’s Twitter response. Really? U serious?)
Google Panda Update, October 13
So here is the pattern of October, 13 Panda Update, according to SEO and IM guys who’s websites had been affected.
Here is my post about previous Panda Updates
– 10% of websites were affected (Do you really call it “minor”, Google?)
– Traffic drop for those who affected is 80% decrease. Most of webmasters complain about decrease of course, although some talk about increase
– The gap between small and large sites widened (large sites get placed higher in SERPs than they used to)
– Long-tail keywords lost traffic but not “main” keyword terms. Most sites are seeing a major drop in primary and long-tail rankings, replaced by large players and spam
– Spammy websites that scrap the content from other websites got higher in rankings than originals. Many many webmasters have noticed that irrelevant and spam pages now above them (Bad, Google!)
– Branded websites has not been affected
This a thread where Google is ready to listen to you if you think that your rankings drop was unfair:
Tell Google that your ranking has suddenly changed
Some words of inspiration from by Aaaron Wall from SEOBook who got hit by Panda on 22nd of October
Google explains how they decide whether to change their algorithms
Notice how they mention that they are not able to make their algorithm perfect… sadly…