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Google Farmer Update Updates – AKA “Panda”

February 26th, 2011
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For those of you trying to figure out what’s going on with the Farmer Update, I thought it might be useful to aggregate what various search brainiacs are saying in one place. Herenow, the list:

Lessons Learned at SMX West: Google’s Farmer/Panda Update, White Hat Cloaking, And Link Building – Vanessa Fox
My Theory On The Google Algo Change/Farmer Update – PotPieGirl.com
The Farmer/Panda Update: New Information From Google and The Latest from SMX West – Vanessa Fox
Panda Update: Finding & Removing Low Quality Content Using Analytics – Patrick Altoft
Analysing the Google/Panda Content Farmer Update – Patrick Altoft
Your Site’s Traffic Has Plummeted Since Google’s Farmer/Panda Update. Now What? – Vanessa Fox
The ‘Panda’ That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google’s Top Search Engineers – Steven Levy
Google “Farmer” Update – Before and After – Paul Carpenter
Really Google?  Penalizing Good Sites To Get Some Bad Ones – SearchEngineWatch
More Farmer Update Winners, Losers; Wikihow, Blippr & Yahoo Answers – Matt McGee
Google Content Farm Update Support Groups – SEORoundtable
Which websites dropped the most in the Google algorithm change of February 2011? – Quora
Google Kills eHow Competitors, eHow Rankings Up – Aaron Wall
More Google Algorithm Changes: The Farmer Update – Dave Harry
Number Crunchers: Who Lost In Google’s “Farmer” Algorithm Change? – Danny Sullivan
Google Farmer Update: Quest for Quality – Sistrix
Google Revamps to Fight Cheaters – WSJ
Google Forecloses On Content Farms With “Farmer” Algorithm Update – Danny Sullivan

I’ll update this as I find more interesting POVs. Feel free to point out any you find in the comments.


Tags: Google

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Derek // Feb 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Andrew, i don’t know if you noticed this but CNN did a story on this. http://money.cnn.com/2011/02/25/technology/gaming_google/

  • 2 Andrew Shotland // Feb 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks Derek

  • 3 Daniloì // Mar 4, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Thanks again for another interesting post. You are great Andrew. Grazie!

  • 4 dee oneal // Mar 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you! they are indeed helpful for us. I’m gonna read them all. This days we need all to be updated with what’s going on so we won’t be surprised when we some sudden changes.

  • 5 bullmastiff // Mar 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I was under the impression that this was more of a duplicate content issue than a site authority issue. For example, if you have an article you’ve written that has syndication across 20 websites. Google doesn’t know which is the most authoritative version until it factors in “page authority”. Generally you’re blog or website will be the actual “home” of that article and will, most of the time, have the most “page authority”. Therefore any article site page that holds that content will be considered duplicate content and take a hit in the SERPs.bullmastiff

  • 6 Danilo // Mar 8, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Hi bullmastiff,
    I’ve found very interesting your point of view. This is the why I looked on the web to find a sort of trick. So, let’s have a look to this link: http://www.lawfirminternetstrategy.com/2011/02/how-to-properly-syndicate-your.html
    I hope it helps, Danilo.

  • 7 Todd // Mar 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for this comprehensive list. My site has been hit hard by this update. Very upsetting seeing it’s 100% original content and I’m an expert in my field.

    Google really screwed the pooch this time.

  • 8 mihaela jaluzele // Apr 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

    everybody is talking so much about the new algorithm changes, my personal belief is that the content is and always be the king. On page seo together with the age of the domain surpasses the linkbuilding efforts. so, yes I am always focussing on content, for both seo purposes and mostly for my readers
    i am against content farms and link farms. blame me but due to all this seo effort google ranks poorly. i don’t find anymore what i am looking for in the first page because all i find are the highly optimized pages. for me as a search engine user, panda updates are welcomed

  • 9 grilaje ferestre // Apr 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    i totally agree with mihaela jaluzele

  • 10 rayan // Jun 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Using Google Analytics advanced segments will give you more power to analyze what’s happening.

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