Google: We Don't Recommend You Remove Content To Fix Panda Issues

Oct 8, 2015 • 8:35 am | comments (53) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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Typically, when a site has been suffering with Panda ranking issues in Google, an SEO would look at the pages that are not that useful and purge and delete them. But Google is now saying that they do not recommend that course of action. Google is recommending that you fix the content and make it high quality, don't just remove the low quality content.

Gary Illyes of Google said this on Twitter:

Truth is, I believe Google has said this in the past. Google's John Mueller said removing content is not always your best bet with Panda. Sometimes it makes sense, but sometimes not.

Now Gary is saying generally it does not make sense to remove content. Generally you should improve your site. But the sites that are hit badly by Panda, often have serious structural issues with the site where they can consolidate content and remove a lot of the pages. I'd say generally, removing or consolidating content is the approach most SEOs take to tackle Panda issues. But Gary is saying otherwise.

Here are some of the tweets from Gary on this topic from last night:

How do you guys handle Panda sites and getting them to rank again in Google?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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