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How I Plan to Recover from the Panda Update

Updated on April 22, 2011

The Google Panda update hit many hard, and like many others I lost a large chunk of my online earnings in February. Fortunately I the Panda update is not the end of the World, and over the next few months I will be adjusting my focus to get my earnings back on track.


I am not going to lie, like many others the Google Panda update hit my earnings fairly hard.  The overall domain trust drop significantly affected my profitable traffic, leaving me in a financial bind with my online income.  

While I do believe that Hubpages will recover, it is obvious that I have placed too much trust in the stability of a single third party site. Changing over from Hubpages to a new article earnings strategy is not 100% easy, after all Hubpages does provide a fantastic platform for creating structured content. but there are some simple steps I will be taking to recover from my earnings drop.

My New Plan
My New Plan

Step One - Scale Back my Writing on Hubpages

While I will still write the occasional Hub on Hubpages, I will scale back my efforts here. While I will not be jumping ship like many other high rollers here, I will stay cautious until traffic recovers.

To put it simply, my confidence in Hubpages recovering is high, my confidence in it happening quickly... Not so much.

There is simply too many articles on Hubpages which have poor grammar, spelling, and spun content. They have taken a good stance on duplicate content, but that is only one aspect of low quality content, and everything else is very hard to moderate.

Step Two - Focus On My Own Sites

For too long many of my own sites have been left floundering as I concentrated on a quick buck with Hubpages.  I need to get back to basics and really start investing some time and effort in to my own websites to ensure their success.

I have been keeping up to date with my article directory, but most of my other sites go months without updates.

Step Three - Re-evaluate Other Article Directories

For a long time I have concentrated my efforts on Hubpages because it has quite simply been the best place to write.  After the update a lot of article directories were hit hard. I need to test and evaluate many of the best article directories around to try and find which of these are still good places to write, and which need to be dropped.


By following these steps I hope to regain a little traction and rebuild my passive online earnings to a point where I am once more comfortable, rather than stretched.  It may take a little time, but by constantly improving my own sites, and expanding my portfolio of articles on other websites, I think I can quickly re-build my online empire!


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    • shai77 profile image

      Chen 6 years ago

      Hi Thisis oli :-)

      Sent it.

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      thisisoli 6 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      My earnings have dropped too, fortunately they have picked up on my own sites!

      You can contact me with the contact me button on my Hubpages profile :)

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      Chen 6 years ago

      Hi :-)

      I also write less now, though i love this place and hope

      things will get better.

      I used to make near 100 dollars each month and now it is closer to 40 .I never was a big earner, but still have my hopes :-)

      Is it OK to email you?

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      Harvey75 6 years ago from Virginia Beach

      I think the problem currently is that the great hubs are leaving. This only increases the spun content which hurts the overall site. In time I agree they can climb back up. But this will take some serious effort. Still it is a good site to keep in the link.

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Great hub, Oli! Panda hit a lot of us, and yes traffic is down on hubs, but it is business as usual elsewhere beyond the hubs. I would love to see more folks setting up their own domains. And there is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat! We all have to go out and make something of ourselves, and take our articles, niches and ideas and money making inclination and grow them. Cheers!

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      ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      definitely step 2. Although I believe in it being step 1. I changed some designs and how AS is shown and each site I did this too gains a lot more in income. So, design and unique content on your site is best. Keep "your" digital asset working for you, not only some other site. In fact, HP was only 1-2% of AS income. Many of the top forums preach to build your site 1st.

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      thisisoli 6 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      To put it in to perspective, my Hubs that were ranking in the top 3 in Google are now on the third page.

      So I think it will take a while to come back. What annoys em is that many hubs were unpublished for reasons unrelated to Google rankings. ie. number of amazon capsules, pixelated images etc. Some of Hubpages most prolific writers had hubs unpublished for inane reasons, which meant less overall traffic and Google love for us all.

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      dablufox 6 years ago from Australia

      I hear you! I think its smart to have a diversified portfolio of articles on a number of platforms. I mainly concentrate on micro niches and look to have a number of articles on a number of platforms including blogger, weebly, hubpages squidoo and a number of content revenue sharing sites in order to create a traffic network. If one platform takes a hit, other assets from different platforms can help to take up a bit of the slack.

      That said Hubpages was a gift before Panda, now it takes a lot more effort and time to even get near a good ranking.

      I think in time Hubpages will make some changes which will help win back some favor from Google and make the platform that much more professional and of course profitable.

      We can only hope!

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Best of luck thisisoli. I am glad you are going to continue to write on HubPages, I always find your articles informative and helpful.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great advice. I also plan to spend a little more time on my own websites though I do believe I'll always write Hubs.

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for your views on how you are planning to move on from Panda Oli. Hope everything goes well for you and glad that you are not abandoning HubPages!

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      WoodsmensPost 6 years ago from Arizona

      Great plan to recover thisisoli. Another great motivational hub for yourself and those who read it. Personally I was just gaining ground when panda slap us down so I have been sort of in a spin these last 2 months. Thanks for insite into your direction and by all means glad to see your not jumping ship. It gives those who would like to stick around a bit of confidence that it's the right thing to do. Thanks Oli

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      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      It is good advice. To be honest I don't know if the Panda bit me. I only saw a drop off in readers of my hubs in the past two weeks but that was extremely dramatic. I agree though I need to get on back out there and improve on what I have done already.

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      Mike and Dorothy McKenney 6 years ago from United States

      I agree. We have got to start creating better hubs in order to drown out the poorly-written ones. I'm just going to keep writing and keep going back into my older hubs and making them better all the time. Good luck to you!