How to Overcome Google Panda: 10 Tips for Bloggers

Google Panda – As most of you are already aware, Google is on an ongoing mission to improve the way its search engine ranks content on the web, by making needful changes to its algorithm. These updates are occurring quite frequently. Many of you may have experienced an increase in traffic whilst many of you might have also experienced a drop in traffic to your blogs.

If you’re one of the many who are experiencing the yoyo effects of Google Panda updates and feel that it’s finally time to do something about it, then check out the top 10 tips below.

We must also remember however that no matter how much we hate Google’s ongoing algorithm updates, it’s happening purely for our ethical benefits.

Google Panda Tip #1 – Moderate comments more closely

Although spam filters help a lot, you can’t always be sure that everything that is filtered is safe to approve. When moderating comments on your blog just check and make sure that they’re not copied and pasted comments that appear on a million other blogs, why because it’s duplicated content simple. Ensure also that the URL’s associated with these comments is from high quality websites and not from content scraped sites.

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If you already have concerning comments on your blog that you have carelessly approved in the past, then go through them to see if any appear to be suspicious, it’s the only way. You can normally tell from a genuine engaging comment to a random unrelated spammy rant.

Google Panda Tip #2 – Remove poor performing posts from your blog

This is something I’ve just started doing again, and just over the weekend I managed to remove over 50 posts from my blog that was either lacking in content quality, quantity, genuine comments and of course traffic. I’d highly recommend that you do the same. Just take a look at the content drill-down report in your Google Analytics to find your poor performing posts. You can choose to make them better, repurpose them or remove them completely.

Google Panda Tip #3 – Produce more content that your readers are screaming out for

Take a look at your Analytics again and find the posts getting top page views, check your blog to see which posts are getting the most comments too, this will give you a good idea of what kind of content your readers are screaming out for, and simply create more content like this.

Recommended Reading: Using Google Analytics to help you decide what post to write next

Google Panda Tip #4 – Beef up your posts

Beef up your posts by ensuring they’re of 300 words or more, add photos and don’t forget to alt tag them, add videos and make good use of header tags and attractive texts where possible. Link to other posts within your blog to strengthen your content and resource further more.

Google Panda Tip #5 – Inspect guest posts and articles more closely

If your blog accepts guest posts just ensure you run parts of your received submissions through Google search. I’ve been able to easily penalize a couple of guest writers for attempting to submit content that has already been published elsewhere on the web doing this. Also ensure that the guest posts are of top quality and relevant to your blog’s niche, and of course has your blog’s readers interest at heart.

Google Panda Tip #6 – Optimize your blog’s loading time

If you’re suffering from a slow loading blog consider finding ways to make it load faster, or check out Google’s site loading speed service. Improving your site loading time will help bring down bounce rate if your blog is suffering from high bounce rate.

Google Panda Tip #7 – Monitor trackbacks more closely

Ensure that trackbacks to your blog are from sites already producing top quality and unique content. Avoid approving trackbacks that are from content scrapped sites

Google Panda Tip #8 – Promote your content on social media sites

Ensure you regularly share your content on social networking and bookmarking sites. If you haven’t already done so, install the Google +1 button on your blog.

Google Panda Tip #9 – Watch those ads

Watch the number of ads you place on your blog, especially above the fold. Remember to place content before ads if at all possible.

Google Panda Tip #10 – Avoid those tempting black hat SEO tactics

Finally if you’ve been using black hat SEO tactics then seriously consider stopping. You’re only damaging your chances of becoming successful with your blog.

I hope these tips will help you get over the constant Google Panda updates and make your blog more Google friendly; if you have any further to add please do so in the comments section below.

Check out these recently added posts on recovering from Google Panda and Penguin.

1. Google Panda Recovery Tips

2. Google Penguin Recovery Tips

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Comments

  1. Hi Fabrizio, Nice tips! I really need to take your advice in tip #2 about removing poorly performing posts. I’m wondering the best way to handle that if it’s a guest post though. I like the approach of beefing up the content and perhaps I can get in touch with the authors to see if they can make an attempt. Thanks.
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    • Hi Ileane nice to see you here again :) I’ve been debating the same question in my head as far as guest authors are concerned. Over the weekend I removed some 62 posts that we’re receiving only around 1 and 2 page views a month, and many of those were posts containing less that 200 words.

      Amongst them were a couple of guest posts… If you have a guest post or a few guest posts from what I like to call a ‘one hit wonder’, in other words that author has written one single post and then vanished without a trace, I wouldn’t hesitate in removing it at all. If the case is that you have an author that regularly contributes and there are several posts from one author that is underperforming, just drop them an email kindly asking them if they would either mind you removing the post of your blog, or at least they could make them better overall.

      Beefing up posts with potential is one of my favourite also although all of these are time consuming they will pay off, and make your site or blog better in the long term. Today I have the joy of removing every single trackback from sites that either has poor content or that is no longer available :) Have a great day.

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  3. Hi Fabrizio,
    Excellent article. I have been able to survive the other Google Panda updates recovering with 1-4 weeks, but this latest update has been a bit of a bugger. My blog comes up in position 1 in Google when I key in the key words, and most of my product reviews come up on page 1 or first position in Google, but my traffic is off about 50% and so is my income.

    I need to go through tip #2 again to remove poor performing articles. I removed any dup’s. I moderate all comments and delete any that look like spam or come from low performing sites, but never removed track backs. Will do this as well.

    Thanks, Ken

    • Ken, thanks for stopping by and commenting, a lot of people will probably tell you that deleting posts or repurposing them is a mistake. I totally disagree with this as if you’re removing low performing, low quality posts you’re leaving behind the best possible content on your blog. I have not lost any traffic from deleting 60 odd posts from this blog if anything I’ve gained a little more traffic this week. Duplicate comments escaping the clutches of Akismet I’m having a real bad time with at the moment. Best of luck Ken.

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