I'm Hit! Get Your Google Rankings Back After Farmer/Panda

Mar 7, 2011 • 8:49 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Google Ranking HammerYour 100% original content, user friendly, spam-free, best site in the niche, web site was hit by the Google Farmer update and now you do not know what to do. You are upset, your business is failing and you have no where to turn to make changes. What do you do?

Ben Pfeiffer had some nice suggestions over the weekend with his How to Regain Your Rankings After the Farmer Update and soon after, Vanessa Fox posted her Your Site's Traffic Has Plummeted Since Google’s Farmer/Panda Update. Now What?

Since Ben published his recap here, I'd figure I summarize Vanessa's post.

Vanessa starts off by explaining what won't help your rankings:

  • Ask Google, "Why Me?"
  • Demand to Speak To Google
  • Tell Google They Are Wrong
  • Tell Google How to Change Their Algorithms

What may help according to Vanessa? She goes through how you should diagnosis the issue and fix it:

  1. Check Your Analytics Data To Ensure You're Investigating the Right Problem
  2. Pinpoint The Query Categories and Pages In Decline
  3. Make a Prioritized Plan
  4. File A Reconsideration Request
  5. etc.

You really need to read Vanessa's post in detail, because it is almost impossible to sum up.

But once you figure out what areas of your site might be confused as non-original, low quality content - then you need to figure out how to make it more original or how to block it from Google. I know it is not that simple and it will take time but there are many people in the same boat - if that helps.

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Comments:

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03/07/2011 02:29 pm

Well this is nice but i would like to mention that even after change in Google algorithm, my site is still the same. Am getting good traffic and most of the keywords are ranked. Chearzzz...

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03/07/2011 06:29 pm

But can't have the same reputation again over search engine.

Seoshukla

03/08/2011 09:43 am

As Google is making constant changes this time, there are very large number of sites that are being affected. But according to me this will bring significant changes in the way how how Google works. It is also being said that Google is now accepting feedbacks. So they are bound to make things at the better side. They are keen to take care that a good site is not getting affected. So according to me we should not panic.

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03/10/2011 05:47 pm

you can be the best site in the world, all original content; however, if you start to SEO your site for the search engines then this is what will be flagged up to google, this is why certain sites have been penalised, whilst others have not.

TheInfoPreneur

03/18/2011 02:12 pm

I have a comment....maybe it's time to start thinking about your overall business strategy a little differently. You need to start making more efforts to control your own destiny by list building, then when google hits....Oh well. Life rolls on. Definitely takes a different mentality and approach to blogging. B

Stuart @ StoreCrowd

04/13/2011 05:14 am

Looks like you guys got hammered today ;)

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12/03/2011 01:35 pm

How can you tell Google they are wrong if the update is meant to affect everyone. This means its a fair system and they control it. Their reason outweigh the millions affected and you can't do nothing about it but study the metrics and work according to it.

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