On February 24th, the Google Farmer Update touched down and it changed 12% of Google's search results. Sounds big, doesn't it? But how many of the readers here, a good sampling of SEOs, did it impact overall?
I ran a poll about five days after Farmer/Panda was rolled out asking how did this update impact you. We had 313 responses to date, which isn't a bad sampling size. Of course, you have to consider those who were impacted are more likely to respond, but anyway, let me share the results with you.
- 40% said Less Google Traffic (Negative Impact) (128)
- 25% said Same Google Traffic (No Impact) (80)
- 18% said More Google Traffic (Positive Impact) (56)
- 14% said Don't Know Yet (44)
- 1.6% said an Other answer... (5)
I certainly hope you are not part of that 40% but if you are, we do have some actionable advice from Google. Google said if you were hit then you need to remove the low quality content from your web site. Once you do that and Google notices the change, you should start ranking normally again.
Our ongoing coverage and stories on the Content Farmer/Panda update:
- Google: Remove Low Quality Content If You Were Impacted By Farmer/Panda
- I'm Hit! Get Your Google Rankings Back After Farmer/Panda
- How to Regain Your Rankings After the Farmer Update
- SEOs Chew On Wired's Interview With Cutts & Singhal On Farmer Update
- What's Your Name? Farmer Or Panda?
- Was Google Too Hasty with the Farmer Update? SEO's Discuss Good & Bad
- Google Accidentally Label Your Site As A Content Farm? Get Help Here
- Shocking: Google To Tweak Content Farm Algorithm
- Poll: Were You Impacted By The Google Farmer Update?
- Google Farmer Update Support Groups
- Google's Farmer Update Live: 12% Of Google's Results Forever Changed
- Google Warns Of "Big Changes Here Very Shortly"
- Correction: Google's Scraper Algorithm Now Live, Not Content Farms
- Google's Content Farm Algorithm Harm You? Categorize Your Site To Fix It.
- Confirmed: Google's Content Farm Algorithm Live! Sites Are Dropping!
- Google's Next Target: Content Farms & On Page Spam
Forum discussion continued at Sphinn.