Google Panda Update Underway & Are There Recoveries?

Jun 16, 2011 • 8:28 am | comments (16) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Panda Update 2.2We are expecting Google to release the Panda 2.2 update any day now, in fact - we asked if Google already released it.

There is more speculation surfacing now in two WebmasterWorld threads that it is indeed rolling out and not only rolling out but there are signs of recoveries.

Now, I do not have official confirmation from Google on if it is rolling out now and also if it did roll out, if it was designed to fix the false positives (those that got hit by Panda and should not have).

I hope by the time this post goes live - yes, I pre-wrote it as I am on a plane most the day - that Google will confirm or deny it on the Google Webmaster Blog.

If true, then if people recovered we can then truly analyze what helped them recover and relay that information over time. As you know, to date, I do not think there were any Panda recoveries yet - I hope 2.2 changes that.

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06/16/2011 05:11 pm

Thank you for keeping up with this. 

Brian Whalley

06/16/2011 05:32 pm

One of the companies that I have been working with on their Panda-related traffic drop has regained a significant amount of their "lost" traffic in the last week. They aren't back to their pre-Panda traffic levels yet, but they've gotten a significant amount of their traffic back and are much less worried now than they were in March or April. We're continuing to make changes to the site and adapt, but they're definitely trending in the right direction and doing better than before.


06/16/2011 06:41 pm

Looks like something major has rolled out to English and non-English languages including German, French, Portuguese, and others. I'm seeing a nasty decrease on lots of non English and non-English sites starting yesterday. Not a slow decrease, but an obvious and immediate dip in traffic. 10-20% decrease on sites with anywhere between 15,000 - 300,000 Google visitors/day. All sites are still ranking for competitive phrases, so not a typical penalty.

Jens Schriver

06/16/2011 06:49 pm

Hi Brian - could you share a bit of info on what worked? I'm seeing very reports that describe what's getting sites their rankings back.


06/16/2011 07:08 pm

Brian, what's significant if you can tell us? Do they depend on a few keywords for the increase by any chance?


06/16/2011 08:27 pm

Yes mine recovered whatever it lost for last couple weeks but far from what it was before angry panda


06/17/2011 03:07 am

Let's hope for the best. I didn't face any casualty after the panda update so expecting not any bad result on Panda 2.2


06/17/2011 05:57 am

I was being slightly affected by previous panda updates by Google. The ranking was down. Let's hope that the 2.2 will not affect badly to my website.

Rob Abdul

06/17/2011 11:13 am

Traffic levels appear to be normal.  I'm glad Google are weeding out scraper sites, most annoying when your searching for something.


06/17/2011 12:02 pm

God bless us. Remember not to have any duplicate content as it will surely hurt the ranking


06/17/2011 01:59 pm

We were hit hard in the April release.  No changes...yet.  We suspect our problem was related to canonicalization (or lack thereof).  We had several variations of each URL all serving the same content.  We confirmed Google has these "false URLs" indexed.  Duplicate content nightmare.  We also had several back end pages indexed that should never have been introduced into the index (we didn't have them tagged with noindex).  A few of these, when combined with thousands of widely crawlable URL parameters, would result in thousands of copies of the page with only a few lines of text changed per page.  We confirmed these were indexed.  To an algo, I can only assume this screams content farm even though it was merely a mistake.  We've corrected the URL issues (and completely overhauled on-page content for good measure) and reduced our number of indexed pages from over 10,000 to 8,000.  Our site is actually only 7000 pages.  The number continues to drop every day as Google picks up more of the 301s, noindex, etc. We are not a content farm...a legit regional business with over 100 employees and thousands of customers monthly.  Only time will tell if this is truly what got us slapped...but I pray we recover as many jobs and families are depending on it.


06/18/2011 03:53 am

My site was hit on 24th May with up 50% traffic lost and today 18th June, my site recovered completely. It's now back to 100%. From what I analyzed, around 6-7 of my top articles with highest traffic was hit and it really completely astounds me as the articles were not related to one another but it got hit where the articles were in a sequence.

Wordpress development

06/20/2011 04:39 am

Is there Google update new panda algorithm. Because, past two weeks My SERP getting too low.

Brian Whalley

06/21/2011 02:43 pm

Hi, They lost about 3000 visits/day originally, on the first day of Panda in Feb. They have gotten about 500 visits/day of that back very recently. 

Brian Whalley

06/21/2011 02:47 pm

After a deep audit, we found some duplicate content issues, some issues with 404s/low quality pages, and that a number of other websites had been ripping off their content and reposting it. There were a few articles that in the past had ranked #1 or #2 for extremely competitive keywords that were very similar to each other in their first and last paragraphs on the page. The middle of each page was different but the top of these handful of pages was very similar.  All of these pages were gone from the first page of Google after being there for years. We fixed up all of these pages and the search errors, and changed up the side navigation on the site be more differentiated on different areas of the site - Just trying to make it look clear to Google that the site was "different" and "new" and that we'd clearly updated a lot of our content. We've regained some traffic but not all. Incidentally, the site does no on-site advertising or adsense or anything. 

Joe Youngblood

06/21/2011 05:27 pm

I would just like to ask that everyone posting that they recovered please provide additional info. like how much of a recovery and what possible changes affected the recovery.

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