November 10, 2014

How to Recover from Google Panda Effect

Google Panda update is one of the most controversial algo, but it also help to remove bad sites from search engine to improve quality of search results. But still for webmasters Google Panda is always a headache as many times many good sites lost their ranking because of Panda penalty. Google Panda 4.0 was the biggest Panda update which caused major ranking shifts for so many sites. If you are the victim of Google Panda, then here are tips to recover from Google Panda for you.

You should know that Google Panda is a domain level penalty. Which means that if you have low quality content then your complete domain will be penalized for this.The best and simple way to get rid of Google Panda is to remove low quality content.
How to Recover from Google Panda Effect : eAskme
How to Recover from Google Panda Effect : eAskme
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We have seen that after this Google Panda update many of the bloggers have seen traffic drop or some increase. We always talk about good SEO optimization of posts and Google Panda has cleared that it is mandatory to do proper SEO. Today we talk about How to recover Google Panda effect and how to optimize your sire for Google Search engine. So you can make your blog Bullet-proof from Google Panda updates. Google Panda is just an algorithm iteration. Matt Cutt also cleared that now websites will also get penalized for over SEO optimization. So my suggestion is to avoid black hat SEO and must focus on quality content and social media presence of the site.

Google Panda is a domain level penalty that means even few bad posts can affect overall ranking of your site. So find out low quality content, no-index them or delete them or update them with quality content. Let`s see first that what type of websites Google Panda affects.
  • Websites with low quality
  • Websites that known as content farm.
  • Websites with useless pages indexed in Search engine.
  • Websites with not proper SEO
  • Duplicate content
  • Lots of Ads.
  • Poor Grammer.
  • Slow site loding ttime.
  • Over SEO optimization (BalckHat SEO)

Factors of Google Panda:

  • Domain level penalty.
  • Few bad posts can drop overall ranking.
  • Google trust only quality sites.
  • Google Panda lower down overall ranking of websites.
  • On-Site SEO is important.
  • Quality of post is main factor.
  • Niche based sites are better.

Steps to recover from Google Panda Update:

Write Quality Content:

I know you already have heard of this thousands of time. When we say write quality content that means you should write post with targeted keywords. A quality post without targeted keywords is useless, as people won`t be able to find your that post in search engines.

Google want quality posts with good length. When you write a long post you cover almost everything or most of information about that topic and also it covers most of the keywords related to that post. It is already known that long articles rank better than short. We have also tested it and it`s really true.

LSI words:

LSi words help search engines to understand exact matching categories for your article. When you use underline, italic, bold and keywords in H1 or H2 or H3 tags, this make your content more search engine friendly.  You also maintain keyword density. You can use SEOpressor plugin to optimize blog posts on Wordpress. Keep optimization ration to 70% to avoid over optimization.

There are many SEO plugins, you just need a plugin that give you on-Page SEO score and keyword density score.

Remove unnecessary pages from Google Search:

First check the Google search to see the pages indexed in Google of your site. It is good to have indexed pages but to index important pages and posts only. useless posts don't add value to your site.  You should use noindex for tags and pages like disclaimer, newsletter, privacy policy and disclaimer as these pages do not add any value to search engines.

On WordPress you can use Meta Robots Wordpress SEO Plugin to make categories, tags and date archives noindex. Always keep internal links as dofollow.

To check you can search in Google as Replace domainname with your own site name.

Remove Low Quality Content:

If you have posts that are short or not targeted then you should work on them. You should work on low quality posts and convert them to high quality post. Work on SEO and length of articles. Interlink your posts. Everyday spend few hours on old posts.

here are some guidelines for low quality content:

  • Is is useful?
  • Is it well reserached?
  • Is it from a trusted source?

How to find low quality content:

  • Find posts that have less than 10 visits in last 2 months.
  • Install Search term tagging 2 Plugin in Wordpress to find posts with no search traffic.
  • Find posts with higher bounce rate.
  • Install Admin word count plugin on wordpress to check the traffic on posts with less than 250 words.

Duplicate Content:

Google take serious action on duplicate content. Too much duplicate content will definitely affect your site ranking. Work on SEO and each detail of your site. You need to fight manually to find out duplicate content. Also use URL canonicalization. Use Robots.txt to stop indexing unnecessary parts of your site.

When you see any site copying your content you can report it to Google team. You can file DMCA notice or ask webmaster to remove copied content.  As if you miss it also can create duplicate content issue.


If you are professional blogger then you should learn SEO. Without SEO there is no future. You should know basics of SEO. When you know it then you are ready to any updates and can make changes to your site.

Few important things to learn:

SEO friendly WordPress theme:

I always recommend and believe that premium themes are always better than free themes. The best Wordpress themes that i recommend are Thesis theme and Genesis theme. As they are SEO friendly. You can also add noindex attributes for useless pages using Thesis or Genesis option panels. If you can`t afford a premium theme then you should use Robots meta plugins to add noindex to useless pages.

Social Media:

Social media promotions are great way to boost performance of your site. Facebook likes,  Google+ votes, Tweets work best. Twitter always help in faster indexing. Create groups and pages on facebook.

External links:

If you are doing paid reviews or selling paid links, you should stop doing it. If use link to any bad site then you must use nofollow. If your links are useful and legit than there will not be any bad impact. Take precautions when you linking to other sites.

MFA  or Affiliate Blog:

If you are running a money making site or blog than usually you are running a lots of ads on that. If you have less original content than you can get affected by this algorithm. Use fewer ads and no ads between post. for affiliate links always use nofollow.

Once you make all necessary changes to your blog then you can login to webmaster tools and make a reconsideration request.

Bonus Tip:

Never use dates on posts of your site as it can lower CTR. If you are running a review site than use GD start rating plugin. This also help in CTR.

Always remember that Google updates are set of algorithms that follow some rules. So if you are following those rules then your site will never get affected by any algo. SO it is essential for any blogger to learn SEO and its basics.

If your site is affected by Google Panda and you are trying to recover then follow above mentioned steps. It takes time.

Do let us know if you are a victim of Google Panda update? What recovery methods you are using or you have used?