Panda is punishing the wrong people; Google now wants your help to fix their search algorithm

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  1. There are numerous occasions when Google’s judgement fails and it is independent on how the quality of your site is. You can’t really measure it and at times I have seen a lot of new sites with really poor content and grammatical mistakes getting 4 times traffic after panda.

    For the past 6 months, I have scratched my head and did everything possible to get out of this slap but nothing seems to be working. Everytime a new update is released, traffic declines. Prior to that, Google sent me thousands of visits every single day …it is really surprising how an automated system can fall flat at face.

    And there is nothing you can do despite hoping that they do fix it. Scraped sites ranking ahead itself proves that they cant accurately measure or identify the source …forget judging the quality , usefullness and other advanced metrics.

    Some people may disagree with me but until and unless your ship is sinking, you wont feel how scary it is.

  2. I really don’t think The Windows Club should be posting about high quality articles or poor grammar.

  3. Amit, my friend, you should have shared your website URL here.

    “It is really surprising how an automated system can fall flat at face.”

    That’s rude. You think you know how the system works? Just because you lost the battle doesn’t mean the system is wrong. You lost it. Admit it. Live with it, son.

    “Scraped sites ranking ahead itself proves that they cant accurately measure or identify the source…”

    You and the author of this article have no brains. Why would you search a snippet on Google? Think about it. No ‘user’ does. Google is for users — not for webmasters.

    Google just dropped that factor from their bag. Search not longer than 3 words and you’ll see the difference. The brands and older sites reign because they didn’t do too much for Search Engine.

    Focus on engagement and creating a brand around you.

    “forget judging the quality , usefullness and other advanced metrics.”

    In this comment of yours, you got punctuations wrong. The sentences doesn’t flow. Plus there’s a spelling mistake. Look, you can improve. Cool?

  4. Thanks for sharing such useful knowledge dear…..and I too suffered from this..though I didn’t have an idea why..

  5. LOL, maybe I have brains or maybe I do not have brains. But one thing is sure – your’s sure seems to be missing! 😀

    From your profile and the comments made elsewhere, I see that you are a born dissenter filled with negativity. Thats all right. It after all takes all kinds of people to make this world.

    The focus on content is king, blah blah appears to be passe. Google is now also looking for different signals including social engagement and brand image. But how can one justify a content scrapper site ranking above a original-content site!? You cant, no way!

    Google is for users, not for webmasters. The only statement which makes sense in your rant. How true! But what happens when Google fails to protect the interest of users by presenting such results. Can you get that into your brains? Don’t think so – not with a clouded judgment!

    Google now appears to be giving more weight-age to large websites and brands. But Brands are built over a period of time and do not necessarily mean quality. Many individual qualified bloggers give much better content than the so called brands. Here is one such example. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kimkomando/story/2011-08-26/Fast-tips-to-speed-up-a-slow-Windows-PC/50137402/1

    Those who follow this advice will probably not gain much. Any technically sound blogger will disagree with some/most of what has been said. But hey its a brand, go get it!

    I normally don’t reply to outbursts like yours, but allow me this one exception.

    Lets not hide behind the illusion of brands! Its time to call a spade a spade. IF and I say IF, Google thinks it has botched up somewhere, it is in all our interests, esp that of the end-user, that it fix its algorithm fast. And that is what they are doing by inviting real-life examples.

    Have a nice day! 🙂

  6. Whoa! First of all this is not my real account. This is an anonymous account with a fake e-mail ID, and the worse part is this: it’s registered. I never knew. LOL. And, as it turns out, this account-holder is a real troll. Not me!

    Now, talking about brains. I’m a normal user, and you are a blogger. You are the elite geek of the web who knows everything. You sure have bigger brains, and a bigger heart to attack someone. I never attacked you! I just laid out the fact after reading your post, which holds true after reading your comment.

    Now, let’s talk:

    “The focus on content is king, blah blah appears to be passe.”

    I never said that.

    “Google now appears to be giving more weight-age to large websites and brands. But Brands are built over a period of time and do not necessarily mean quality.”

    The example you gave, USAtoday, as you may know, is amongst the top 1000 websites in the world. Maybe you should get many writers here and build the so-called “engagement.” Give it a try.

    “I normally don’t reply to outbursts like yours, but allow me this one exception.”

    I’m not here to insult you. I like this site. I’m here to help you out as a user. My suggestions may not mean anything to you. The larger part of you may not agree with me. If you live with your ideas, learn to live with Panda, too.

    Think about it. Google is not here to crush the bloggers or the blogging business that’s a living for some — it’s here to make things easier; help users like us find the content. You can look back and rectify your mistakes or whine about Panda again and again (this is your second Panda post, if I remember correctly).

    The algorithm is already fixed and with each iteration pushed to the web, things will get worse for you. So, act now, my friend.

    Have a nice day!

  7. @Whiner: You are right. I am “human” and thus, there will be mistakes in my approach. I agree with you on the fact that “I can improve”.

    But that doesn’t change the fact that Google search is not so “useful” as it used to be earlier. Post Panda, nothing is in order. Just ask a common user to search something and watch his reaction, you will see the answer on his face.

    I can show you a hundred examples where posts from JUNK content farms,rank ahead of the original source.
    For the love of god, why would a scraper site outrank the original source?

    Google is for users, not webmasters. I agree on that.

    Think: An algorithm is an algorithm. Why would it fail, when I am using 7-8 words in the search query? It should not, in the ideal case.

    Lets keep the comments section clean and not fight like a child, shall we? 😀

  8. For many years people stuffed their keywords with anything they felt would direct traffic to their sites – names of celebrities, hot topics, products that were unrelated. There was once a time when it was easy to find what one was looking for on-line, it was a golden age. Then came all the unrelated material, as everyone wanted to make a quick buck. The internet needs to be a place where one can easily find what one is looking for, without plodding through a heap of meaningless muck that has nothing to do with anything. Though the Panda update does create a bit more work, I think it will be for the best when it comes to relevant content – it will make a more useful internet with a nicer user experience. I think that those whining loudest are the ones that caused the Panda update. People, companies, whomever…need to take more time to ensure that a users finds what they are actually looking for. If one’s page is optimized correctly and one has relevant content relating to the searches that brought people to one’s page in the first place, one has nothing to worry about. If you want a bunch of irrelevant keywords driving traffic to one’s site one is only going to annoy people. Use organic seo services if one wants ones site’s traffic to grow. It will take patience and time, but if one sticks with the guidelines laid out by Google, one will see results – not immediately, but they will come.

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