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GOOGLE PANDA UPDATE | 2014

Updated on December 21, 2013
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Google Panda Update

Google Panda Update for 2014: Panda Algorithm Explained and Analyzed. Discover what content Panda attacks and how to improve your search rankings on Google.

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Google Panda first hit the headlines in 2011 and has been a major news story in the world of search engine optimization (SEO) ever since. Each Google Panda update since the original release sends webmasters to online forums to discuss changes in search results rankings.

Google Panda refers to a series of updates in the Google algorithms which affect webpage ranking on search engine results pages. The first roll-out of Panda was on February 24, 2011. It began like an oceanic earthquake that rose to tsunami proportions, and continued to shake websites in the aftershocks as subsequent Google Panda updates and/or data refreshes were implemented almost every month until March 15, 2013.

An update is an actual change to the algorithm; a refresh applies the algorithm to data received and stored when Google crawls the Web.

At Search Marketing Expo, June 12, 2013, Google's Matt Cutts stated that Panda is still doing a data refresh about once a month, but the refresh is now rolled out over a ten-day period and has a smaller effect than the previous updates. He said they are

"relatively small compared to the normal index flux."

Google Panda

When Panda first rolled out, the change in Google's formulas for producing search results affected over 20% of websites, according to webmasters' estimates. In simple terms, many websites that were ranking within the first 10 search results for specific keywords have been pushed down to number 200 or 300 on the search results hierarchy.

The abrupt changes in traffic to websites sent from Google searches has devastated many website owners, some of whom have watched their incomes drop by as much as 75% since Panda began. Suite101.com, a popular article site, reported traffic from Google was down by 94%, one week after Panda began. Other article sites such as EzineArticles.com, DemandMedia.com, eHow.com, and business.com also suffered severely from the implementation of Panda.

Yahoo's AssociatedContent.com was wounded so badly that it deleted over 75,000 webpages, deleted the URL, and reinvented itself as Voices.Yahoo.com.

Search engine optimizers originally called the Google changes 'Farmer', because so-called content farm sites were particularly hard hit. In its defense, Google software engineer Amit Singhal issued this formal statement on the Google blog in May, 2011:

"The Panda algorithm change has improved rankings for a large number of high-quality websites."

Suite101.com sees Google traffic plummet under Panda attack.
Suite101.com sees Google traffic plummet under Panda attack.
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Navneet Panda
Navneet Panda

What is Google Panda?

Google Panda Defined:

"Google Panda: It's about Shallow Content and Duplicate Ideas."
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At Google, Navneet Panda is a software engineer who was instrumental in developing the Google algorithm change. The word, Panda, was used in-house at Google as a code name, of sorts, for the algorithm project – and then the name was leaked to the website industry.

The short-take is that Panda was developed to identify shallow content in a way that had not been possible before.

Google Panda Mauls EzineArticles.com

EzineArticles.com loses the battle with the Google Panda launch of February, 2011.
EzineArticles.com loses the battle with the Google Panda launch of February, 2011.
Google Panda Attack
Google Panda Attack

Google Panda Targets

Shallow Content.

Panda Updates

Panda updates and data refreshes all target shallow content. Website Content Writing is the critical element in success or failure under Panda.

Everyone has experienced the frustration of landing on webpages after a Google search that are full of non-information-text, text that rambles on and on and really says nothing. These pages are the primary target of Panda.

Not long ago, the SEO community was scrambling over duplicate content issues. The Google Panda updates may be described as dealing with duplicate idea issues.

Panda SEO involves removing shallow content from your website. Google Panda determines shallow content by identifying:

1. lack of complete or comprehensive information

2. writing that is devoid of expertise and/or enthusiasm

3. articles too short to be meaningful for the specific search query

4. only one-sided viewpoints

5. webpages full of language and/or factual errors and without editing

6. ordinary information

7. low quality compared to print publications.

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How to Survive Google Panda Updates

What can a website owner do to counteract penalties from Google Panda and to improve search rankings under Panda pressure?

1. provide in-depth information

2. choose passionate writers who are experts for the topic

3 create longer articles on a single webpage

4. include both sides of a story

5. carefully proofread, double-check facts, wisely edit, and NEVER, EVER publish spun content

6. produce interesting information showing insight and analysis

7. write content for a webpage as if it were for a magazine

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Folkmanis Mini Panda Finger Puppet

Yes, you can tame the Google Panda.

 
Panda hits Squidoo.com traffic in 2013
Panda hits Squidoo.com traffic in 2013

Google Panda Devours Spun Content

Spun Content is the taking of original, creative text and rewriting it to appear as an original document. Spinning content can be done manually using a thesaurus to find alternative wording; but, in this day and age, it is most often done by software.

Some content writers in India – to the complete discredit of the magnificent producers of English language website content from India – are notorious for offering spinning content services for as little as $1.00 per 500-word article. To a human reader of such content, the software produces such ludicrous word substitutions as these terms for 'Long Island, New York':

extended Island, New York
lengthy Island, New York

Not only does spun content make no sense to a human reader, but it is almost always riddled with the grammar and syntax errors that Google's Panda algorithms target.

Here is an example of spun content on this topic, which was taken from Wikipedia.com, put through spin software, and posted on Squidoo.com as an original article:

"Google Panda is a change to the Google's seek results ranking algorithm that was first issued in February _ 2011_
a. The change directed to smaller the rank of 'low-quality sites', and return higher-quality sites near the peak of the search outcomes."

Google Panda takes down websites.
Google Panda takes down websites.

Panda Is About the Total Website

Google Panda Is about the website, not just the webpage.

Panda, more than at anytime in the past, analyzes an individual webpage for search results based upon the entire website on which the page appears. Don't confuse this with PageRank; Google PageRank is only about incoming links to a site or page.

The Panda update specifically demotes websites which:

1. have redundant information on several webpages

2. do not appear to be authorities on the topic

3. do not seem to be trusted by users

4. develop content and page titles only around keyword presumptions

5. are part of a network of sites

6. are riddled with ads (especially above-the-fold) that interfere with the content

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Make Friends with Google Panda Updates in 2014

Webmasters can improve search rankings relative to Google Panda by:

1. consolidating similar articles into one comprehensive webpage

2. removing low quality pages

3. improving trust and authority status with branding

4. developing content primarily for users, while still using keywords

5. consolidating Web properties

6. re-positioning and limiting ads on webpages

The video below was released in September, 2013, by Matt Cutts, Google Head of Search Quality. In it, he explains how the Panda Updates will work in 2014 and what webmasters can do to improve their Panda evaluations.

Google Panda and User Feedback

Google Panda is also about user feedback.

User feedback is used in the Panda algorithm. Google is factoring the amount of attention a webpage receives from social bookmarking sites, tweets, and especially from the newly launched Google+ site.

Google also uses information from its feature that allows users to block sites from personal search results pages.

In short, webmasters who have avoided social media will need to enter social sites and become social media marketers.

Google Panda was two years old in 2013.
Google Panda was two years old in 2013. | Source

Google Panda Updates in 2014

In 2012 – 2013, Panda Data Refreshes were coming at about 30-day intervals with the last refresh occurring March 15 - 18, 2013. Google's Matt Cutts announced on March 12, 2013, that Panda refreshes would no longer be rolled out manually, but would be on a continual basis, coordinating with the main Google algorithm.

What this means is that webmasters won't always know when they have been attacked by Panda.

The data refreshes will still be made about every 30 days in 2014, but they will stretch over a ten-day period so the effects will not be as noticeable to webmasters. Panda updates will continue as the main Google algorithm itself updates.

Webmasters still failing under Google Panda algorithms have increased their spend for pay-per-click advertising as they struggle to bring traffic to their sites. Whether or not searchers believe they are experiencing better quality search results is still debated.

As Google Panda has matured, one thing is certain: webmasters and Web content writers who ignore this Panda bear will be ignored by the Google search engine rankings.

Google announced in March, 2013, that a new change to Panda's younger brother, the Google Penguin Algorithm, "will be one of the most talked-about updates of the year." That update was rolled out on May 22nd and affected 2.3% of search queries in the English language.

The year 2014 will continue as a year of major Google ranking house-cleaning.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Mary. If a website's IP address is in Alaska and the site is about Alaska travel, it might be seen as more of an authority. But, remember that sites like Wikipedia will always rank highly for top tourist destination, so location isn't everything.

      Your subdomain here is NOT considered a separate website. This is why Hubs are having a more difficult time ranking now, especially new Hubs. There are so many decisions that the HP staff is making that are simply beyond our control but which do affect rankings on Google and Bing.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      WriterFox, this clarified many things for me. I have read somewhere that Google now gives preference to local knowledge in terms of travel writing, i.e. Local websites. Is this correct? Also, is our own sub domain in HP considered a separate site or are our articles evaluated based on the whole HP?

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi VocalCoach: I'm glad you found this article. Understanding this algorithm explains why there are overnight, significant drops in traffic to some websites. Thank you for sharing!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Mary. Thanks so much for the compliments!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Dolores,

      People searching for information on mobile devices are the same people searching on PCs. The only real difference is the way content is displayed and wise webmasters will make sure their sites are mobile-compatible.

      Google constantly tweaks its algorithms to alleviate webspam from search results. It's not, however, a perfect system.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to give your opinion here.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Patricia. The Panda algorithm has done a lot to clean up spam on search results. But, it is a never-ending effort to keep up with those trying to game the system.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You certainly knocked this one out of the ballpark! Clear, comprehensive, and necessary for everyone to read.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Panda affects us both as writers and as readers who are seeking information. I like the concept of magazine type articles. That's what I like to read as well as to write. But I wonder about people who use smaller vehicles when searching - tablets, iphones, etc. I think those folks want quick answers and don't want to do a lot of reading so would not really want those longer articles (like the ones that I prefer to read). So many people go to Google for answers and it must be difficult to provide the kinds of info that people want in the format they like. After Panda, I have found so many articles on the top of the first page that seem to be exactly opposite of what G says they want - short, devoid of any actual info, loaded to the gills with ads, and redundant. As often as I complain about the dreaded Panda I also want G to succeed. After all, I am looking for information too (not just offering it) and I want the best results. Thanks for the explanation!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This information is so helpful to know. I have to bookmark this so I can reread it since there is a lot to consider.

      Thank you for doing the homework for me.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      For the first time, I now understand what Google Panda is about. You've done a remarkable job of explaining this dreaded SEO update. Voted up and will share.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      It was named for Navneet Panda, the Google engineer who headed development of the algorithm.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks but why did they choose the panda? Makes everyone hated the poor panda.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for this info Writer Fox, even though it was written more than a year ago I feel it is still relevant and made me more aware of what Panda is all about.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you so much for sharing this article, Chitrangada, and I'm glad it was helpful for you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A very useful and informative hub, which has clarified many of my doubts and apprehensions.

      Many thanks for sharing your knowledge. Voted up and shared on HP and G+.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Sanjay. Yes, the Google Panda is a different animal. The algorithm was named after the Google engineer who led the project and Panda was his last name. Until that was revealed, webmasters called it the 'farmer' algorithm because it seemed to hit content farms (User Generated Content sites) the most.

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      Sanjay Sharma 3 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      This article has enlightened me about the subject especially the word panda which is entirely different from the endangered Chinese species. Thanks for sharing.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Panda is a major algorithm of the Google search engine, Catherine. It is one of the tools Google uses to determine how your articles will appear on search engine results pages. The information presented here can help you determine how to write articles you want to publish on HP. If you follow the recommendations, Panda will be your friend!

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I kept seeing the Phrase "since Panda" in HP forums and didn't know what people were talking about. Now I do. Not sure what I do with this info, but that is on me.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Don't be discouraged, Marie. Traffic from Google is all about competition but there are other ways to get traffic, too.

      I think many of your articles here could find a lot of interest if you post some of your images on Pinterest, especially your photos of animals.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate you!

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Sigh, Writer Fox--don't get me wrong, I agree with 99% of the comments here. The problem is me.

      Lately, I just haven't felt like writing any more hubs. The technical side of online writing, which is obviously important, just doesn't excite me. Maybe I'm just outdated, not that I was ever really successful with my writing. I don't want a lot--just to have a steady flow of pocket money. I'd prefer to have this because I write well, not because people are clicking on ads.

      Competition disgusts me, and all this sounds like competition. I do appreciate, however, that this Google Panda thing is attempting to eliminate poor quality content (writing).

      So, thank you for sharing your technical savvy. Maybe some of this will start to sink in if I read enough of this kind of information . . . maybe.

      Blessings!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Peg: Thank you so much for letting me know that you found this article helpful. I appreciate your taking the time to leave such in-depth feedback!

      When writing on HubPages, it's important to check out what other competing articles are already on this site because Google will only choose one or two from HP to feature highly on its search engine ranking pages for specific search queries.

      You might also want to read the article I wrote about Content Writing.

      Thanks for the vote and the share.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This should be required reading for every writer on Hub Pages. Truly, this article was packed with useful information. You have reignited my enthusiasm for writing. That video, Whiteboard Friday was informative and specific with moments for me when the light finally clicked on. I'm no SEO expert, but I feel smarter just having read your article.

      I've been feeling the loss of traffic on my hubs which used to perform so well. After Panda, I took down quite a few hubs and have been trying to reissue improved versions. It would have been more effective had I read your hub first. I totally agree that the Hub Pages staff need to see what you've written here. I loved the format and the effect of the pictures was perfect for the text. I do feel like sharing this and saying WOW!

      Voted up and shared on fB. Thank you for this awesome hub.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Tireless: Sorry about your stolen Hubs and hope you get the plagiarism removed! Please link to this information and I appreciate that and your comment.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Am writing a hub about the disappointment of stolen hubs. Panda etc. Going to link your hub to it if you don't mind. This is a wonderful hub somewhere along the road I missed the Panda updates. Nice work.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I'm glad that's working out for you and thanks for sharing your techniques here.

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Yes, I was careful about that when I chose which ones to remove. I paid more attention to the view duration. If I see too many visitors are leaving before they could be reading it, then I suspect something is wrong. Either it's attracting the wrong readers that don't match the subject matter, or I'm just not giving them what they expect. I do try to correct those things before deleting entirely.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Yes, low quality pages do affect an entire site. Just remember that 'low-traffic' doesn't always mean 'low quality.' If pages are ranking well but not receiving much traffic, there's no reason to remove them. This is especially true of seasonal content.

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Thanks, Writer Fox, of that additional info in your reply. I didn't mention that I also removed many underperforming pages on my business site as well, over a year ago, and that helped there too. It's all based on one thing I remember Matt Cutts saying, that low quality pages can affect the rest of a site. Thanks again or your informative hub.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Glenn: I appreciate your feedback!

      In one of the Panda updates, Google claimed to have lessened the effects of Panda on smaller websites and this reversed some of the negative effects some webmasters experienced. But, Google continues to make adjustments to its main algorithm, 665 changes in 2013!

      Panda is still a major influence on search rankings and content writers and strategists should use the Panda guidelines when developing content. If your traffic is back, you're doing it right!

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Google Panda has matured since its introduction. Google had trouble with it at the beginning, attacking the wrong sites. But they seem to have fixed that. My traffic is back to how things were before. But a lot has to do with the fact that I deleted many hubs that I didn't think were quality in Google's eyes, based on my understanding of Panda.

      I see you updated this hub to refer to 2014 changes. The most important is that Google is updating Panda now on a monthly basis. I didn't know they were doing that, but it indicates they are actively fine-tuning Panda as time goes on.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Well said, Marlene. Thank you for adding that.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is very informative. I'm actually glad to see that Google is taking responsibility and updating things on a regular basis. It will get rid of people trying to "beat" the system. As a consumer, I want the information I'm searching for to be good, quality information. As a writer (who writes to earn money), I know that I had better be writing stuff people want to read. I enjoy writing, but I'm not one of those writers who writes for fun. I want to get paid. The fun comes into play when I get paid. If only the cream rises to the top, then that makes me work harder to become good enough to make it to the top.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Bobbi, thanks for the comment. Understanding Panda is important to success on HubPages. I wish HP employees would read this because there is still a lot of bad content on this site that the QAP process is not addressing.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Writer Fox,

      I appreciate this informative hub as I am trying to stay current on Google Panda. You have done an excellent job on this hub and I appreciate all the information.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I appreciate your feedback, Bloggingways.

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      karan singh chauhan 3 years ago from India

      Very well written on Google Panda Updates and How to Recover. Thanks for sharing!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, LongTimeMother. HP is a site which has made a Panda recovery and is on the right track now.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Hi Writer Fox. I am sharing this hub in the hope that more hubbers learn how to make HP stronger for the new year. :)

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Fiona, for your comment. Understanding the Panda algorithm for search engine optimization is a major factor in obtaining high rankings for your articles on Google search.

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      Fiona 3 years ago from South Africa

      This is by far the most in-depth and informative article about Google Panda that I have read - I have been very Panda-shy but, because of this article, I revamped all of my hubs this weekend. I am sure that they will start to perform better. Thank you :)

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Yes, Peggy, this site and many others lost a lot of traffic when Panda first hit. Fortunately, HubPages is back on track now. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very good hub. This site certainly got hit hard with all of these changes. I can understand the intent of the Panda updates.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, LittleKnownStuff. Google Panda can be our friend if we don't upset him.

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      Joe H. 3 years ago from Maine, USA

      True! I love the photo of the panda reclining in that fella's arms.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thanks for taking the time comment, LittleKnownStuff. Google Panda can be our friend if we don't upset him.

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      Joe H. 3 years ago from Maine, USA

      Nice, thorough article. Appreciate your insight!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hello Alecia. You can check for copies of your work at the copyscape website. It's easy.

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      Alecia Brown 3 years ago from Paso Robles,CA

      A truly amazing hub! Please tell me how I can protect my hub's with Copyscape also.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      GOOGLE PANDA PANDA SEO, informative, and useful to all readers

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you Au Fait. The Panda algorithm is now a permanent part of Google's ranking factors. I appreciate your 'spreading the word' because there is so much confusion about the components of Panda and writers do need some specific advice.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I think this is one of the best, if not thee best explanation for Google panda, that I have read. You explain how it works and what it's goal is in a clear way. I found this entire article useful, but especially the video. Your lists of specific issues that Panda is addressing were very helpful, too.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, pinned to my 'All About Writing' board, and will share with my followers.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you so much for your comment. Interestingly, I find that some of the recent changes on HubPages seem to understand Panda and others definitely do not!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Very good explanation, and it makes some of the quality changes that HubPages has been pushing easier to understand. Thanks for your comprehensive hub. Voted up and more.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Emmanuel. Longer articles do seem to do much better under the Google Panda algorithm because they are a more comprehensive answer to a search query.

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      The topic is very well covered especially to some like me who kept wondering what a Panda Attack was all about. I have also made a decision to merge some of my similar hubs. Your style of writing is a good model!

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I'm glad this helped and thank you for commenting. I appreciate that!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      I had no idea what Google Panda was. Thank you for posting this article. I still don't fully understand it, but at least I have this article to refer to.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Yes, Panda is all about content and content writing. Google is looking for the best answer to search queries.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for explaining what google panda is all about. Frankly speaking, it helps us writers to improve our writing and make our articles interesting, not just plain, short stories. Some may hate panda or should i say, detest google panda, I think we should look into our own problems too.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I appreciate your comment, Jan, and I'll have a look at your website content.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Writer Fox, thank you for this clear and concise hub. I understand this topic better now as a result. I see now that this information is very important to apply to my business website which I've been sorely neglecting. I'd love some feedback if you get a chance to look at it. You can access it from my profile. Glad I stopped by. Voted up, awesome, and useful.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your comments. The more people from the HubPages community to learn and apply this information, the better HubPages will be.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      I very much appreciated learning that Panda now operates real-time. Just wanted to say thanks.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      This was extremely informative and interesting. It also gave me hope that my hard work will some day be recognized by Google. I totally understand why Google uses such techniques, and I cannot even argue with them. I started writing on HP for enjoyment, but am quickly morphing into a writer who pays attention to what is going on and does her best to comply in order to get people to read and money to flow. So far, it isn't working out so well, but there is always hope. Thank you for this information. I really appreciate your efforts here.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I don't like the idea of an animal or a lifeless search engine dictating what I passionately love to write about. I'll never sell my soul to this high-tech crap.