Find out 5 ways on how to help get your traffic back after a Google Penguin/Panda attack.

Find ways to get your help your site after Google Panda and Penguin Strikes

For many of us that have websites/blogs, Google Panda and Penguin were some very unfortunate algorithm changes that placed some detrimental effects on our traffic. However, you should not fully blame Google for what happened to our sites. We should really look at our sites and evaluate what ways we can make the situation better. Sometimes, the problem starts from within. The first point is spammy links.

Spammy Links

Years ago, you may have gotten away with having spammy links just to get more traffic and rank well on Google's search engine. This is not the case for today. When you link back to low quality sites just for the sake of having backlinks, you are really hurting yourself in the long run. Backlinks to low quality sites = you getting the boot on top rankings. The best thing for you to do in this case is to replace your spam with reputable links; links that actually have value. Get rid of the unrelated/paid blogroll links you have on your site. Place valuable ones that great sources. Spam creates a grave not only for your site, but you do the same to others because they backlink your page. You don't want to get numerous emails from people saying that posting a link is spam.

Blog Commenting

You cannot stress enough of engagement because it really is valuable. This doesn't mean a comment in which simply reiterate what the topic said or just being a "Yes" man. No. Provide value with your post even if you DON'T agree. Telling another side to the story or having a different approach can spark a better conversation or even a new blog post. You might even get some ideas based on a topic someone writes. You can get in touch with people that closely follow your niche and really find out what kinds of topics people want to know more about. It's an excellent way to engage. Hubpages is very useful for this type of engagement because it's more community based. You comment and write things of interest and the people follow. It just works like that.

Creative/Unique posts

Honestly, when you have a new spin on certain things it makes the topic fresh. If there is a topic out there saying Google Panda does this. Write something about your own personal experience and how you slowly climbed out of that obstacle. Remember, your blog means your take on the subject! Everyone is unique and you don't want to be a carbon copy of other people. Besides, having duplicate posts really makes Google think you are spam. Give credit where credit is due; don't bite (copy). Being creative doesn't just mean write it differently, maybe present in a new way such as pictures, a video, or even make some interesting comparisons just to separate yourself from the back.

Become more socially active

Social media has really enabled us to stay in touch directly with the clientele. That's the beauty. Keeping that conversation going and really getting to know your audience. Twitter is excellent for writing short blurbs and seeing the power of retweeting, tweeting, and direct messages (dm). You can get your message out quicker. Usually the more specific and direct the title, the more chance you have to convert. Pinterest and Tumblr - viral media on steroids! If you are really creative, you can use your logo, your brand, a funny picture, or even a quote that's relative. You make it your own. Your content spreads by itself! That's basically promo for little to no cost! Take full advantage of that. Of course, we all know YouTube is an excellent way to get your message across. It is owned by Google YET the algorithm is way different the typical Google Search Engine! This means there is less competition but more chances for you to really spread your message!

Build your relationships

You can't do it all alone. You really can't especially now. Treat your followers, your prospects and the like as business partners. When you see some good posts on other blogs or people that you really feel that you genuinely can work with set up ways to do joint ventures or at the very least - guest posts. You'll notice that you naturally build this kind of cylical traffic that constantly bounces off between your relationships with others and your own site. It's an excellent way to keep that steady flow of traffic. In the course of doing numerous and valuable guest posts, you'll see the benefits. Your traffic, prospects, potential sales and demand for advertising on your site increases. It's an excellent way to really work the system.

These are just a few tips to hopefully help you get out of your slump. Slowly but surely you can start building a better site. Find out how I started building back one of my sites got to a PR3 in a Post Panda world!

Comments 61 comments

chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

Nice hub, shin...voted interesting and useful.

I'm gonna go check out your blog, too. I'm trying to mke a serious o at freelancing, so any good tips and advice is appreciated.

Aloha


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks for the feedback, Chris. I say the best way to make income by freelancing is always knowing where to go to get contacts. I stay in forums such as the Warrior Forum, I also make sure I post quality blogs on my sites so that they get good keyword ranking. Even social media sites such as Pinterest and Tumblr have helped me build more contacts and start collaborating with others. Just by page rank alone and the quality of articles, people contact me through my email address and they either want me to write for them, want guest posts, or advertising. I'll just say if you have the time and drive, find something you like to do and create a blog out of it that you won't really have trouble updating regularly. Everything else will follow. Or if you have some topics to talk about, you can really engage in discussions on other blogs or forums. That way you build some authority through sharing your valuable knowledge. I touch on a few things on this Hub: http://hubpages.com/business/Diversifying-your-blo... but my blog: http://www.makingmoney2blog.com says a lot more . I hope this helps. If you have any questions, my info is on my profile. I'll be happy to answer any questions.


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Vinsanity100 4 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for the post. I have been working on building my presence online and these tips will help.


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Glad you liked the tips. Thanks.


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maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

Shin after the implementation of Google panda and pengiun traffic of most of the content writers and bloggers has been adversely affected... but i think it will prove beneficial in the long run for bloggers who always come up with something different and interesting topics.... you suggestions are sweet and simple and to the point...


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

I agree, maheshpatwal. I think in the long run if you really focus on quality, unique and fresh content, you'll get your site back to where it was and even better. I've been on a serious writing content frenzy for the past few weeks, and I believe it is helping because I'm starting to really differentiate myself from other people that are engaged in my niche. Thanks. I'm glad this helped.


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MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

These are great ideas to improve traffic, I wish I had more time to be more active online, but will try my best, thank you for great ideas, will be sharing your hub!


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Yeah, I always told myself I wanted to get more active on HubPages, but I'm starting to have a bit more down time right now. I'm trying to fit in at least an hr or so a day on HubPages whether it's writing hubs, commenting, or sharing just so I can be consist. Thanks for the comment. Greatly appreciate it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

You have some great advice. I have been trying to go on blogs and leave comments but it's not always easy. Takes so much time. I have been redoing my hubs and summiting them to webmaster tool and that seems to have helped. I need to put more hubs on. Voted up and shared.


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA

I love the pictures! Thanks for the helpful tips!


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

@moonlake - Yeah, after I had a gotten bombed by Google Panda and Penguin on one of my sites, I re-evaluated what I did. I start getting on forums more often, started to re-write my content, and created more value. I was able to get back on the first page ranking of Google, but getting that same amount of traffic back is going to be a work in progress. I feel u on the taking time to comment. I might get back on that sometime later this week. I have a great system that tells me relevant posts I should comment and pagerank. I need to start getting back into


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Lol. I'm glad you liked the pics. Thanks.


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

GOO-GLE-PAN-DAAAAH! Legends of un-Awesomeness...


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

HAHAHA. Agreed.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I really need to work on leaving guests comments on related blog sites. It's a lot of work but worth it in the long run. Thanks for the insightful reminders! Voted up and shared.


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks. It is a bit time consuming, but I do try to set a few times out the month where I make useful comments to related blog sites.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

It really is all about quality content, backlinks and being socially active. I am finding that content is key though, backlinks help, but new content and social activity from that content has a massive impact!!

Shared, up and useful.


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

shin rockao,

This is a very useful hub. A steady stream of quality content and meaningful backlinks are really important. Hopefully I can recover a lot of views I lost about one month ago with better hubs and being more socially active. Voted up and sharing.


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

@Brett - indeed. Great content is key but I think nowadays it's all about what you do with that content to really separate yourself from the pack. Thanks for the share and vote! Appreciate it!

@Paul I know exactly what you mean. The positive thing since I re-focused on creating better content is getting more emails from guest bloggers and more opportunities for partnership. It might tae a while, but it's definitely worth it.


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forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

If you read information provided by Google on web master resources, which I can't recall the actual page or link, all they are doing is making sure that what the users are looking for is what they get. The reason why they keep updating their algorithm, is because there is always someone out there trying to tilt the search balance by doing something irrelevant to their topic to put themselves higher in the organic search results.

Brett actually summarized it pretty well. On top of that, knowing what people search for and using the same terms can help you rank better, but first and foremost is to make sure you write about what people really look for.

I think it is really nothing more than this, because ultimately Google wants to deliver relevant data to people's searches. Otherwise, they could lose their customer base to competing search engines.


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Really solid points there, Forlanda.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Thanks for the tips. Every day I am looking for ways to make my hubs better. I am bookmarking this so that I can refer to it again.

I have read a number of hubs similar to this one and from each one I learn things that I did not know or had not thought of.

Sending you Angels today :) ps


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you for the love. I need to write a new hub or update this one! Glad it helped you.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

shin rock, I comment on hubs, share the good ones, take care to link to good stuff and write useful hubs.

Thanks for sharing these tips. Voted up and useful. Shared.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Very useful tips. I will be trying some of them. Thanks a lot. Vote up, useful.


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cabmgmnt 3 years ago from Northfield, MA

I enjoyed this hub and have been focusing on editing my hubs. Giving them a little more structure and freshness. I notice that you suggest the use of forums. I seem to have a problem embracing the forum mindset. Everytime I visit it seems that the forum is just a place where people assemble to disagree. There are a lot of longwinded posts that go no where in the end. Any tips to avoid the forum ego?


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

@truthfornow I'm glad this helped and thanks for the vote up.

@cabmgmt Same here with regards to the freshness of hubs. I noticed that even adding a better title such as "How to, Why, What, Who"...it actually does much better on the search engine because it gives more of a directive. As far as forums are concerned, I think LinkedIn has some great ones. While some people are opinionated, they are genuinely useful and do not make you feel out of place when you comment. I hope this helps!

Thank you both for the comment and votes!


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MargaritaEden 3 years ago from Oregon

Oh your post is sooo practical for me, I have been hit by Panda update twice already, at one point I lost most of my traffic, these tips are great, i did remove my links from low quality site, I think that helped a bit too. Voted up, useful and interesting!


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

@MargaritaEden Thank you for the comment! I think Panda is a blessing and a curse. While it sucked to get down in the rankings, it really forced you to start thinking outside of the box and give the people the value they deserved! I just found out today that my Making Money 2 Blog site just jumped up to a PR3. In a post Panda SEO World, I think I have to pat myself on the back a little bit. LOL.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Ways to gain traffic sound simple and with easy access to social sites one can continue to blog and comment.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Very true, DDE


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is very interesting and helpful. It seems that every time my hubs are reaching a new high, I get hit again by Google and it takes a couple of months to climb back up. I have four blogs now, where I back link my hubs. My blogs aren't doing real well, but I spend most of my time trying to get traffic to my hubs, not my blogs. Could my blogs be hurting my hub traffic? Voting this up and more! :)


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

That's a good and legitimate question. I honestly think your blogs aren't hurting your hubs simply because you provide valuable information and links. With Google, you never what tweak or minute change will affect your ranking. You just have to ride the wave or change your course of action.


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

@ SGbrown,

There are many aspects to Google. However, it would depend on how much you are duplicating your Hubpages content too? Do you use your RSS feeds on your blogs, or copy the content? As small amounts with links to the author are OK, as RSS feeds are. However, Hubpages prefers you don't duplicate your content and only use RSS feeds and the widget they provide. I doubt they would have a big affect on your traffic, but this is an area you may want to consider.

Sharing again, as this is useful for my followers too!


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Great feedback, Brett. Never considered that fact. Thanks for the comment and the share!


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India

That was really useful. Forums is something I haven't done though. Voted up.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you, Anuramkumar. Greatly appreciated.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

@shin_rockao4 and Brett - Thank you both for your replies! I had been copying about the first three sentences from the beginning of my hub and then linking with "read more..." to my blog. I am currently updating my hubs and changing that on my blogs. I don't use RSS feeds as I don't really understand what they are. (I really hate to admit that!) I think I will continue to change that on my blogs and see what happens.

Thank you both so much for your responses! I hope you both have a wonderful day!!! :)


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you, sgbrown. Each one, teach one :). Have a great day!


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

being socially active is one of the best way to get your traffic keep on increasing after the Penguin or Panda update.

Thanks for sharing a wonderful hub!!


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Indeed, Georgescifo. Thanks for the comment!


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

These are useful and timely tips, shin rocka04. I appreciate your sharing them with us. It seems to me there is more to it anymore than just writing quality, original content with some SEO thrown in for good measure. Social media has also definitely become a key. Voted up and useful.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

I agree, Gail. Great content and SEO is just a part of the equation. You hav to ensure your work is fresh and relevant. All the while you have to engage in discussions including your own to make a cyclical effect where you are feeding different areas of contents in different media (your blog, your social sites, YouTube, communities/forums) to get links back to your main site.


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sharingknowledge 3 years ago from Miami, FL

This is very interesting and helpful. Thank you for sharing.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

No problem! Glad it helped you out!


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

Thanks for the great tips. I have been doing better with some of these than others. I started out reviewing all of my hubs, removing some that were not performing and improving the ones that were.

I have really been looking into this since I went from my hubs ranking well and quickly to absolutely none of them being indexed. First of all, a scraper had cut and pasted hubs top to bottom including ads and comments. I filed a DMCA and hoped that would solve it. Then the scraper started making vengeful comments on my hubs. Then I discovered this same scraper had something like 40 links to just a couple of my hubs. Then I discovered spamming links to my hubs. I have sent Google a disavow links request. Now I have discovered that my site map says disallow xml. I can not change the site map, nor does it any longer come up in a Google search either. So, apparently there can be other issues besides just quality, original content like so many others have said. So, if I can ever get this straightened out, then I can once again focus on the great tips you provided in this hub! Voted up and useful.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Wow, that's unfortunate :/. I hope you get that straightened out quickly and the scraper gets punished for that wrongdoing. Otherwise, I'm sure you'll be back on top, Gail. Thanks again for your useful comments.


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

Google has been great responding to DMCA and I'm sure they will get to the disavow request as soon as they are able to. I posted a question on HP regarding the site map issue yesterday, but I am still waiting for a response. It may be a non-issue, but I would like a clear answer. I searched for one first, but did not find the details I need. I may have to get my programming friend over here to look at it otherwise. Have a great day!


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Glad things are looking up on your end :). Have a great evening.


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healthylife2 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

These are great tips to take control rather than feeling at the mercy of google changes. I have to add that so much is just the result of trial and error. Some of my exclusive titles that were researched better than my own by more experienced people did not perform nearly as well as hubs I did before I had a clue that we were supposed to rank in google.I still have a lot to learn. Sharing this advice.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you for the comment @healthylife2. I agree that it's much better to be proactive rather than reactive. It's always good to have a number of ways to get traffic so that you don't focus solely on the search engine.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

Thank you for this very informative hub. Voted it up. I am a blogger myself. And I know how important it is to build links (and relationships among bloggers). I continue writing engaging posts and share them with my social media. Somehow, some clicks get through!hahaha!


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

Valuable information, social media presence and being active on relevant sites and forums is a powerful combination. Thanks, beingwell.


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Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

These are all things that I am slowly coming to terms with. Thank you for sharing these very useful tips!


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

No problem, Tiger! Cool name, btw! LOL :)


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

All great tips. I am trying to do those in both my blog and hubs. Shared and voted up.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

Great tips. I am loving this information.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

@beingwell Yes, indeed. I strive to do this in blogging and hubbing. It really is beneficial. Thanks for the share and vote!

@rasta1 Glad you like it


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bydojo 3 years ago from Romania

I run 20 sites and NONE was hit by any Google 'animal' :)

Most of the sites being hit were doing something wrong. Some were hit by chance, but many kinda deserved it. As you said though, it's not the end of the road. Make sure you comply with the new guidelines, create good relevant content and promote sensible. You'll soon regain your place in the rankings.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland Author

I agree. Sometimes if you were affected, it'll give you the chance to really take your blog to the next level.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is really helpful advice. Social media can be confusinf, yet we know it's important!

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