Panda 2.2 Results In Casualties & Some Recoveries

Jun 20, 2011 • 9:10 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Panda Update 2.2Panda 2.2, I believe, it 100% underway as of late last week. We had some early reports earlier this month, which may not have been a Panda update or maybe some small tests. But last week, June 16th, we reported the 2.2 rollout and I honestly think this is the 2.2 roll out. I wasn't 100% sure back then but I am really confident 2.2 has been rolled out.

The results?

Mostly more people complaining about being hurt by Panda. In fact, I have several webmasters sharing stats with me privately, let me share one of a very large site but I promised I wouldn't disclose the site's name:

SITENAME got hit in stages, about 10% Tuesday, and then another 30% at 7PM EDT on Friday. The hit is across the subdomain, across all categories, geographic locations, etc.

But there are also public reports of more sites hit. Some in the ongoing WebmasterWorld thread, some in new Google Webmaster Help threads and some in the ongoing old Google Webmaster Help thread.

But the good news is that some are actually reporting recoveries.

Two WebmasterWorld threads have reports from some webmasters of recoveries. One said on June 19th:

I've recovered as of 36 hours ago.

Day1 of recovery, traffic doubled, adsense tripled Day2 of recovered, 4 hours in, traffic has doubled again, back to my best levels of 18 months ago.

Seems my fixes have not only got me back from Panda, but also from something else.

I rewrote poor content. By poor, it was either too short, badly phrased, spelling errors, partial or exact copies from other sites. Articles are now varied in length, and high quality. Not all articles fixed, but a large proportion, and the worst ones done first.

I stopped google indexing thin pages. Detail pages with little detail are now gone.

I did not speed my pages up and they are not real fast.

I did not remove any adsense and i have 2 blocks above the fold, one at the bottom of the page.

Another webmaster said, "on our primary site (that was pandalized on Feb. 24), I can see significant ranking changes on and in our case, the changes are positive."

But like I said, I believe most of the reports are negative where more sites are falling to the Panda update after this update.

Again, Google has not confirmed Panda 2.2 being released but we do know to expect it around this time.

Our ongoing coverage and stories on the Content Farmer/Panda update:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and Google Webmaster Help.

Update: We now have official confirmation from Google that they have pushed out a Panda 2.2 update. I have more details on this at Search Engine Land.

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06/20/2011 03:08 pm

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06/20/2011 05:02 pm

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06/20/2011 06:14 pm

As far ad I can see, Panda 2.2 has definitely been rolled out. Some pretty crazy SERP movement since the middle of last week. A few of my sites have dropped a fair bit...


06/20/2011 08:06 pm

 Unless I see stats all the the recoveries are lies. Been lied to before.

New Era Internet

06/21/2011 10:40 am

Most of our sites weren't hit but one was in a major way, Panda had re-indexed old cached versions of the site and dug up hundreds of broken links that no longer existed. I checked webmasters tools yesterday and found ZERO broken links so it looks like Panda 2.2 sorted things out?


06/21/2011 11:43 am

I'm still waiting for any results (good results!), and improvements.

Lior Cohen

06/21/2011 12:02 pm

I see +10% traffic improvement. It is not "full recovery" (need 30% more to get back to normal) but still very promising as compared to the past. 


06/21/2011 02:36 pm

I can't see any significant change in traffic yet.

Dr Answersguy

06/22/2011 06:56 pm

Yeah, not buying the recovery stories yet. Holding my breath for evidence to indicate that a site has been 're-evaluated' and the penalty removed. I'm a skeptic, I don't think its going to happen. I don't think they're going to let the Pandalized back in and risk jeopardizing the gains that the 'quality' sites have seen. Our site saw major rankings drops across the board - waiting for reports of that type of recovery where people recover rankings for competitive keywords.

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