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How Can Writers Beat Google Panda Or Penguin?
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For most of us writing here on the Internet, it seems that we are constantly fighting a losing battle and no matter what we try to do to increase our ranking on Google or any of the other search engines nothing seems to work.
Is this the end of the road for writing websites as so many people seem to think?
You only need to look in the forums to see that things are indeed looking bleak for many writers and statistics are dropping to an almost all time low for them.
I too am struggling to get visitors to my articles and my stats are at their lowest in almost five years but I am afraid that instead of blaming Google or Hubpages for my poor rankings, I have to place the blame almost entirely on myself.
Why The Internet Needs Panda And Penguin
Forget all about Panda or Penguin for a moment because simply something had to be done at some point to try and improve the quality of search for users. Think about it, how many times have you carried out a search on Google or any other search engine for that matter and found that the pages that were displayed were a complete waste of time?
The information was not what you were looking for or it was so badly written that it was difficult to make sense of, the fact that most of the search results on the first page were almost identical in format and information was also frustrating to the searcher.
Panda and penguin although not perfect yet are attempting to deal with these issues to make the user experience less frustrating and more relevant to what people are actually searching for.
It may take a long time for Google to achieve their goal but when they do it will be of great benefit to everyone who will have a better user experience when they are searching for information on the web.
How To Beat Google Panda And Penguin
Can you beat Panda or Penguin?
The simple answer is no, you can never beat Google because in reality you are not actually in competition with them.
Your actual competition is the millions of other writers out there who have had the same idea as you and have written an article quite similar to your own.
If you take Google Panda and Penguin out of the equation and then take a look at your articles and compare them to other peoples articles on the Internet, without bias, can you really say that your article is better written, contains different information or stands out from all of the other articles written on the same topic?
Learn To Embrace Panda And Penguin
When you know that Panda and Penguin were introduced by Google to seperate the wheat from the chaff on the Internet, then instead of sitting patiently waiting and hoping that your writing will suddenly move back to the top of the search results, you have to embrace the philosophy that they are trying to achieve.
They want their searchers to find the most relevant information that they are searching for quickly and easily.
If you want to top Google search for any topic then your article has to stand out from the others out there. You need to be different from the rest with better information and completely original content.
As the old saying goes,"If you can't beat them Join them,".
Does Size Matter In Writing?
There are a lot of misconceptions about how long an article should be for Google to rank it, some think an article should be at least 500 words, some say at least 750 words and some think that anything less than 1000 words is a complete waste of time.
The truth is your article should be as long as it needs to be so long as it gives the searcher all of the relevant information that they are looking for.
An article on How to open a refridgerator door could be written in less that 100 words and your reader would have a quick and easy answer to their question.
An article on the complete history of the world on the other hand would take you into many thousands of words.
Size does not matter so long as the reader finds out the relevant information that they are looking for.
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What Can I Do About Panda And Penguin?
It may seem like Panda and Penguin are out to get you and maybe they are, all that I know is that they are trying to give searchers exactly what they want when they are looking for information and get rid of all of the rubbish that we mostly have today.
If you want to succeed and become Google friendly you have to become reader friendly too, you have to write articles that give your reader all of the information that they need in a format that is easy for them to read and in a way that is different from anything else that you can find online.
Articles that you have written and were once the toast of Google search but have burnt out may need to be re written in order to stand out apart from the other articles on that subject.
It is going to be a long road for everyone who writes on the Internet and it will take a lot of hard work to get back to the top but if you persevere and embrace Google you should reap the rewards once again.
I for one will not be publishing any new articles online until I have updated my existing ones to comply with the strict standards that Google Panda and Penguin are striving for.