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Panda 4.0: Why eBay Just Lost 80% of its Organic Rankings

By Larry Kim May 21, 2014 Posted In: Google Comments: 70

Poor eBay – they're having a pretty bad day. Thanks to Google’s roll-out of Panda 4.0 and the Payday Loan 2.0 update, eBay is suffering a massive loss in organic traffic and rankings. Adding insult to injury, they had to ask all users to change their passwords after a database hack.

Matt Cutts kicked off the SEO hysteria yesterday as he often does, with a tweet:

Panda 4.0 news

First released in 2011, Panda is a component of the organic search ranking algorithm designed to weed out low-quality sites, or those with "thin content." In its initial release, Panda affected approximately 12% of all search queries – by March 2013, Google had refreshed Panda 25 times, making it a constant source of aggravation in SEO circles.

This update is particularly worrisome for webmasters, given that Google had stopped announcing Panda updates/refreshes. At SMX West in March last year, Cutts said Panda would become a rolling, monthly update. Since he actually announced Panda 4.0, this seems to signal a major change to the algorithm – more than just a data refresh.

Cutts' tweet just an hour after he announced Panda 4.0 confirmed something SEOs had speculated about over the weekend – Google had also started rolling out an update to their Payday Loan algorithm, making it version 2.0.

google releases panda 4.0

Payday, first launched in June 2013, is unrelated to Panda or Penguin and targets particularly spammy queries. In the video announcement of that update, Cutts mentioned payday loans and pornography queries as two places they intended to sharpen their focus.

eBay’s Supposed Shift from AdWords to SEO

Last year, eBay published a paper on a "large-scale field experiment" they'd conducted that supposedly conclusively proved that "brand-keyword ads have no short-term benefits, and that returns from all other keywords are a fraction of conventional estimates." In short, the gist was that AdWords doesn’t work for companies as big as eBay, and paid search is only marginally useful for acquiring new customers. You can read more about their findings and methodology in this summary at Harvard Business Review.

As I pointed out at the time, eBay's failure to make paid search work for them had nothing to do with AdWords and everything to do with their poorly managed campaigns and atrocious misuse of AdWords features like Dynamic Keyword Insertion:

panda hits ebay

ebay hit by panda

eBay's asleep-at-the-switch AdWords management style not only made them look stupid to searchers – those irrelevant ads also cost a brand a ton of money. Their failure to implement even the most basic of paid search best practices, like using negative keywords so you're not appearing in queries for vomit, made their research completely unreliable.

The implication of this report was that eBay was going to drop AdWords as a channel and focus its efforts on organic search engine optimization.

So how did that work out for them?

eBay Gets Slammed by Panda 4.0

Harvard Business Review predicted that Amazon, Walgreens and other major internet retailers would soon follow eBay's lead and ditch AdWords. If you’re doing SEO, you get that prime SERP placement for free, right?

Here's the problem: In SEO, past performance is no guarantee of future results, and eBay is learning this in spades today. It looks like their “strategy” revolved around “doorway pages” and thin content – exactly the kind of search spam that Google has been trying to eradicate from the SERPs.

Dr. Pete at Moz has already taken an early look into eBay's organic rankings, in light of the confirmation of the two Google updates confirmed/announced yesterday.

ebay rankings post panda

Oh noes! The main eBay subdomain has fallen completely out of the 'Big 10,' Moz's list of the ten domains with the most real estate in the top 10. It's a huge drop, considering the historical data available.

Moz’s data is showing that eBay lost around 75% of their terms from page one. They regularly crawl around 10k “head terms” – higher volume keywords.

What I’m seeing in my own research is that they’re not even ranking competitively on 80% of their non-branded “long tail keyword searches” (millions of more specific keyword searches) anymore:

ebay long tail rankings

The preceding figure illustrates for a random sampling of non-branded, long tail keywords eBay was previously targeting, 80% of them are no longer on the first page, despite relatively low competition for these highly targeted keywords.

Why eBay Got Hit: Thin Content, Doorway Pages

When you search for specific products and see an organic search result, chances are, it's leading you to a doorway page – pages on eBay with very little content, like this one:

ebay thin content

The actual product listing pages consistently have three features:

  • eBay’s own, internal search results
  • Ads – text ads, display ads and PLAs
  • Internal links to other product results pages

They're also employing aggressive internal linking on super-long-tail keywords in their footers:

panda 4.0 results

You can continue to refine your query within eBay, following search results pages, internal links and ads, and drilling down into specific products, but you aren't going to find much content on the way.

I’m surprised that Google has allowed these shenanigans to go on for so long - especially now that they have product listing ads that offer a better experience for this kind of thing:

google panda 4.0 algorithm

By knocking eBay's product listings pages out of the organic rankings, Google is forcing eBay to use product ads to stay in front of those searchers seeking information about specific types of products.

It would be easy to say that profit is the sole motive here, but this is actually good for users too. eBay’s “strategy” of pushing out millions of doorway and internal site search pages was spam by anyone’s definition. For commercial queries, Google shopping ads offer the most useful customer experience.

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Wednesday May 21, 2014

DennisG (not verified) Said:

@Larry

You should really do your homework better, as the page you highlight here (http://stores.ebay.com/Homie-Gear/Tampa-Bay-Devil-Rays-/_i.html?_fsub=29...), is not an internal search result page, but an individual seller's storefront.

This is a completely different page type than internal search.

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

updated the page copy. thanks for spotting that dennis!

Friday August 15, 2014

Oleg (not verified) Said:

What do you think about non-unique content? A lot of items on the ebay have non-unique texts. I see that google have been penalized book 90% online book stores (in Ukraine). All these stores have 95% non-unique content, but they have different structure.

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Monika (not verified) Said:

Great blog , you are given meaniful information about google panda 4.0 . Thanks for sharing this information.

Wednesday July 30, 2014

Anti ebay (not verified) Said:

What I do NOT understand is Ebay sellers spending HUGE money on fees each year. 

Let's say you sell $1.0 million on Ebay.  What's that in fees?  $150k?  even half of that at $75k you could build a great store front, do your own SEO work, PPC campaigns

and not rely on ebay

 

Ebay sellers are not creating any brand equity or equity in their business.  As soon as they stop listing, traffic dries up.

 

Vs building your own store you actually are building value.

 

Thursday September 18, 2014

Quick Easy Payday Loans (not verified) Said:

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Wednesday September 03, 2014

Pam (not verified) Said:

I am a long-term ebay seller who relies on the income to stay afloat. Glad to have stumbed on this page to understand a bit of why sales have dropped so precipitously this summer (June had my lowest sell-through rate in history.) Are there any ways an individual seller can offset the impact of the Google changes, or is there an update to this conversation that may prove sontructive for us? Thanks!

Friday July 18, 2014

Anonymous (not verified) Said:

Larry- Your article was quite informative. However, I have two points of contention 1. eBay isn't the only one who profits of its site traffic- its sellers do. I am an eBay seller. I have a store, I have a trusted ranking & I bring in thousands of dollars per month selling mostly second hand items. My part is to provide the product, no control of how eBay handles search engines. Do you all feel good & justifies in saying "you, ma'am, deserve to be financially punished!"? Really? ? 2. Larry you seem quick to agree with comments wherein others want to bash eBay but multiple times someone else asked your opinion and advice on what to do and you are completely silent. They are likely other seller like me. Yeah, we have our own website as well, but being a small guy, we can't compete well on our own against the kind of money a wildly successful corporation like eBay or Amazon (where we also sell) can. So, we look to make them work to our advantage. But you don't have anything to say to help the small guys, huh? Well if you want so badly to bash the biggest most successful, a) when they fail, you better know others will eventually take their place, & b) when they do, that next small guy will become the same kind of big guy. So what is it you wish to accomplish?

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Aptus Solution (not verified) Said:

Google nowadays changing search algorithm day by day and keep users happy from unnatural information. Google is doing good job for better user experience.

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Lana Robinson (not verified) Said:

Is there anything individual store subscribers and sellers on Ebay can do? On top of rolling blackouts on our items being shown, now we have lost our visability through the Google Search. We have this massive Ebay bureaucracy in between that keeps us in the dark and is resistent to any suggestions from sellers. Any way to take matters into our own hands in some manner?

Thursday July 03, 2014

Calgary SEO Company (not verified) Said:

I think that eBay deserves what they get with the new Panda update.  They are the ones that allowed themselves

to get so far behind.

Friday July 18, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

Sorry for not responding to every comment. There are hundreds of comments on the blog every week and it's not possible to respond to all of them.

I fully understand that ebay sellers are impacted by the penalty. Essentially, eBay sellers were the beneficiary of eBay's high domain rank - eBay allowed sellers to publish thin product page listings that would rank unusually highly, given that they were associated with the eBay domain name, and now that is no longer the case. That's very unfortunate for eBay sellers but I would make the argument that it was an unfair advantage that eBay sellers benefited from at the expense of other vendors of similar products who weren't associated with eBay and that Google has just "leveled the playing field" here.

Since organic search doesn't work as well on eBay anymore (and likely never will be as good as it was), the only other idea that comes to mind is paid search ads (Google Shopping), but I think it would be silly for a vendor to send paid traffic to a reseller site rather than sending it to their own site, so ultimately I think the path forward is to build up your own web presence for your specific niche. That's what everyone else has to do. Why should eBay sellers be exempt?

 

Friday July 18, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

Sorry for not responding to every comment. There are hundreds of comments on the blog every week and it's not possible to respond to all of them.

I fully understand that ebay sellers are impacted by the penalty. Essentially, eBay sellers were the beneficiary of eBay's high domain rank - eBay allowed sellers to publish thin product page listings that would rank unusually highly, given that they were associated with the eBay domain name, and now that is no longer the case. That's very unfortunate for eBay sellers but I would make the argument that it was an unfair advantage that eBay sellers benefited from at the expense of other vendors of similar products who weren't associated with eBay and that Google has just "leveled the playing field" here.

Since organic search doesn't work as well on eBay anymore (and likely never will be as good as it was), the only other idea that comes to mind is paid search ads (Google Shopping), but I think it would be silly for a vendor to send paid traffic to a reseller site rather than sending it to their own site, so ultimately I think the path forward is to build up your own web presence for your specific niche. That's what everyone else has to do. Why should eBay sellers be exempt?

 

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Gerrit (not verified) Said:

I guess now they have to buy more AdWords :P 

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Rishil (not verified) Said:

Hi Larry, did you by chance see my piece on those doorway pages? The whole /bhp/ URL sets have lost rankings.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

nice work rishil!

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Mr Big (not verified) Said:

put more internal links is reduced keyword rankings  ?

Thursday May 22, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

a hundred million pages linked together mostly by internal links containing agressive anchor text linking to thin computer generated pages. i think that might qualify as a content farm.

Monday May 26, 2014

Bree Normandin (not verified) Said:

Oh how could it not be a good idea to hire content mill writers to generate 850 word articles with bhp and sch links littered throughout the content?

Surely Google will not penalize us for this; we're eBay.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Sundeep (not verified) Said:

What took Google so long? eBay was never good at UX...

Thursday May 22, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

yes i wonder the same thing.

Friday May 23, 2014

Anony (not verified) Said:

Money stopped flowing.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Jason (not verified) Said:

But as an end user, if I'm looking to buy a specific CD or a second hand drill I don't want to see pages full of 'high quality' content. I want the item I'm looking for, a price and a 'buy now' button. That's all.

To even begin to imagine that Google has punished eBay in order to improve UX for the likes of you and me is naive in the extreme. 

Friday May 23, 2014

Coal (not verified) Said:

> I want the item I'm looking for, a price and a 'buy now' button. That's all. Until you realise the item you get in the result is not the one you were looking for. In that case, you really want your search engine to provide you a sensible list of *relevant* items, not just one hit. The next question is of course: what is a relevant item? If you gave an ISBN for a book, the result is indeed only one match. But if in your CD search you omitted the author, it's quite likely that there are several matches for that CD title. What we expect from Google (and eBay), is to be able to stay in the realm the end user defines through his kewords. You want a CD, not a t-shirt or a car. You want that genre of music, so it should stick to that category. But then we fall in the world of "formalised" semantic: some might say genre, other music style, and other something else again. Ultimately though, eBay provides search results according to its own terminology, and if Google wants to include eBay items in its results, it has to adapt to it. That said, your argument of not having (unrelated) high quality content is correct.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Md. Aminur Rahman (not verified) Said:

Google always tries to dominate his competitors..... So I am not surprised to see this... :P

Thursday May 22, 2014

Sanjay (not verified) Said:

It seems Google want ebay to put more money on Adwords :p

there many more website which should not be in search results,  if we talk abut panda, EMD, Humming bird or any update

 

 

Thursday May 22, 2014

Scott (not verified) Said:

Good overview...not sure what eBay can do to recover...people are so used to their ui, that a change will confuse users. I wonder if Amazon is that much different? Perhaps the product reviews help them?

Thursday May 22, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

Bingo. Amazon product reviews are incredibly useful and valuable.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Elisa Gabbert Said:

I would also argue that Amazon is way more trusted and functional as a brand. People expect/want Amazon results when they search for products.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Jake (not verified) Said:

I'd say this is probably accurate. From a consumer perspective, I'd prefer Amazon over eBay; if I zoom out further though I'd want a specialty site a la Newegg or Zappos above Amazon. 

Thursday June 05, 2014

Tracy (not verified) Said:

Zappos is owned by Amazon

Monday June 09, 2014

TimAndKatieToo (not verified) Said:

Amazon reviews? Seriously? I admit that I do use them, but it has become increasingly clear that a large number of them, perhaps even the majority for some products, are paid reviews and competitor bashing. What is unique about eBay is that you are rating the seller. Ultimately, that is a better gauge. I am more likely to try a product for the first time on eBay because I can find a trusted seller AND eBay/Paypal helps to protect me as well. As a consumer who uses both eBay and Amazon, I think it is bad news that eBay is pushed out and I suspect it has as much to do with Google trying to better establish its own market place as anything else. They are a search engine with serious conflicts of interest.

Thursday May 22, 2014

James (not verified) Said:

Nice write-up. I understand the concept of avoiding keyword rich anchors when linking externally but didn't know that doing so with internal links could be damaging.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

What they're doing is taking the link equity of their brand then flowing that to hundreds of millions of thin, spammy pages that offer little or no value. I think going forward, page authority (as opposed to domain authority) will become increasingly important.

Thursday May 22, 2014

James Swede (not verified) Said:

Great post, v interesting. Even in my sector, law, I was seeing some old style sites ranking way above where they shoudl be on content, simply by default, in that they had done no seo and had avoided a penguin slap. Those sites add no value, so they deserve, in my view, a good panda slap. Only problem is, will we keep seeinga  yoyo as sites not penalised by penguin do well, then panda, etc etc. The balance still isn't there yet, and to me, whilst I don't condone manipoulated links, penguin has  gone too far and panda is more important to the catual quality of serach results.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Helen (not verified) Said:

Each Panda Update makes me think that Google has double standards. :)

Well, the question is: does Google want us to make trustful websites or websites that give 'useful content', 'analysis' and 'research' out in addition to their product?

Ebay IS a trustful website with lots of loyal clients; they are not scam for sure. Yes, their UX sucks, but is this a sound reason for such a severe penalty? I don’t think so. 

Thursday May 22, 2014

Mahi (not verified) Said:

Sir Please give us some tips For secure our site from Google Panda, 

Thursday May 22, 2014

Doug (not verified) Said:

We accept that monopoly operators, banks and utilities should be regulated so why not Google, they hold too much power over business not to have their activities overseen.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Anonymous (not verified) Said:

I don't use the web for shopping. I use it for research and to solve problems

I'm tired of getting multiple ads for things when what I want are answers.

Good on Google.

 

 

 

Thursday May 22, 2014

Ansh (not verified) Said:

As per my understanding from many last Google Algo updates,

Google generally punished those sites which had earlier or currently using Adwords. So that after rank drops google could make more money out of it.

I run many sites myself. All those sites which had used adwords before got penalised even they had unique and high quality content.

While even sites publishing copy paste content but never used Adwords didn't received any loss in rankings at all.

Google is clever on how to make money.

 

 

Thursday May 22, 2014

MyLeftOne (not verified) Said:

Good. Whenever I'm shopping for stuff online, the last thing I want to see is an eBay link. No, no, no, I'm not looking for grimy, used gear already smothered in DNA from some unreliable stranger who doesn't know how to pack something for shipping or get to it before next month. I want something off the shelf from a reliable vendor. Thank you Google.

Friday July 18, 2014

Anonymous (not verified) Said:

Aaaaaaaaaaand it's people like you that ruin ebay with your negativitiy. A quick look at feedback, and you can get a pretty accurate idea if the seller you are looking at will pack the item well, and ship in a reasonable time period. And are you really that simple minded to think that EVERYTHING on ebay is used? Let me be the first to tell you, IT'S NOT. Also, ebay has much, much more content to offer than whatever "gear" you are looking to purchase. Oh, and there's this procedure called "washing"... it's a fabulous process that involves the use of this wonderful little invention called "soap." You should, ironically, Google it.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Areesh (not verified) Said:

Ebay is a famous brand, But still this ranking loss will effect ebay when users who will search for any specific product which already available on ebay. If they are thinking to switch adword from SEO that would may be good.

Thursday May 22, 2014

DharmaGreg (not verified) Said:

Google is showing why Ad words should not be ignored by ebay.com :) A far as what you have shown - anchor text links are bad but rest is rubbish - ebay canot have content on pages - it is not possible.

Ebays ppc spending has gone down a lot - http://www.spyfu.com/Domain/-5178989480864541630

Now - Google double standards:

Look at yelp.com

This basterd website content farm crap yelp.com has hijacked almost 80% of all organic rankings - it is nothing more than a scam, directory listing site with paid reviews.

Every local keyword phrase is now yelp dominated in highly competative markets.

example:

sell gold +city name is now hijacked by yelp and that leaves small businesses with VERY LOW first page organic capabilities.

Google needs to rank websites that offer information and value - and also keep 25% of total ranking juice to the searcher's criteria - 

example:

used lego parts --> this ketyword should NOt BE SHOWING A paid news media article from 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/27/christoph-bloedner-bricks_n_400...

This is not a searcher's criteria - I am not looking ot read an article - I need to find used lego parts online!!!

In al, the small -mid market will be moving away from PPC & SEo due to non competative Google BS. only the big guys, media companies and amazons will be visible on ppc & seo on top pages

 

Thursday May 22, 2014

Saad Munir (not verified) Said:

I am dealing in boxing and sports. Most of the products that I am selling are really really premium and niche. Still ebay was there in terms of search and adwords. I have noticed that ebay was using the ad links to redirect users to available products. or in ebay terms "Similar Products".

Also there dynamic adword strategy was really pathetic they are / were just wasting their budget and if that doesn't bother them, they must be having really high bounce rate.

There Search Results were also based on the product listing and 6/10 times it's a redirection to another similar product listings rather to that page. Atleast they could just land user on that page with the sign sold and show the listing of similar products beneath the sold product, but instead they were using the complete redirection.

Good or Bad, I eBay was the one of the major competitor in my search competition, I am seeing it below my website results :)

Friday May 23, 2014

syed (not verified) Said:

Well i agree that most of the Ebay pages were a hell lot spammy. Most of them were too stuffed with keywords and pages were like 10 pages long. Good they have been penalised. it send good signal from google . i always thought small guys like us will be penalised.

 

 

 

Friday May 23, 2014

Michael (not verified) Said:

I wish Google would hit Gumtree in the UK, same as eBay and kills our rankings. 8 out of the 10 listings in my local area are Gumtree adverts!

Friday May 23, 2014

Anonymous (not verified) Said:

Let me give you all a pro tip on getting more leads-- don't have a huge obnoxious modal popup while I'm reading the article. Even if I wanted what you have to offer, that one move is so incredibly unattractive-- I'd never pay you for anything.

Be smarter, no louder.

Friday May 23, 2014

Anon (not verified) Said:

Typical Google extortion

Friday May 23, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

heh. don't poke the bear eh?

Friday May 23, 2014

Gensen (not verified) Said:

Amazon probably will not lose position in Google because some of its people are Google's board of directors. But I was really angry at Ebay. Just a few months ago, I was looking for laptop parts online. Ebay links kept showing up in the search results. Every time I clicked one I was taken to a page where they showed me stuff not relevant to what I was looking for. I still wonder how they did it. Were they using blackhat seo? Google is still not doing enough to get rid of ecommerce sites. They are spams for people like us who want information online and not some products/

Friday May 23, 2014

Larry Kim Said:

yes, i think they were just too agressive with their content farm spam. the entire ebay marketing strategy is based on spamming lol.

Friday May 23, 2014

Cant say unfortunately... (not verified) Said:

Here's the truth people:

1. Google designs original Panda algo that hurts small busness, and gives brands like Ebay green card for conten spamming.

2. Ebay cuts Adwords

3. Google vindicates by updating Panda to target certain types of content (spam?) in use by Ebay (modifying certain thresholds), but will claim
otherwise, and say it wasnt designed for ebay specifically (which makes no sense if you understand the aog improvement pocess, which is entirely free from scientific methodology of "quality" as you will see in one of Cutts recent videos)

The one thing that Google will always claim is fairness, but its truely: profit-driven cognitive dissonance AND secrecy

You can deny this, because no one has leaked this, but I ask you, has anyone at Google ever leaked anything (e.g. how algo works). NO

Friday May 23, 2014

Rich (not verified) Said:

I'm really interested to see how this drop in organic traffic is going to hurt their results next quarter. I know for a lot of searches that I was tracking there has been a drop.

Saturday May 24, 2014

Olawale Daniel (not verified) Said:

It is getting more interesting with the way Google has been making the net free of spams. Thanks Kim for sharing this update

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Irfan (not verified) Said:

Hi Larry,

Very informative article, thank you for this. My website has been badly hit by this update. Is there any way I can bring it back in the google search results? Or should I start a new website?

 

 

Wednesday May 28, 2014

هولدن (not verified) Said:

nice words and good blog

Thursday May 29, 2014

Carlos (not verified) Said:

So what we're saying is that Google deliberately made a Panda change which would, amongst its many effects, knock eBay out of search. 

Do we really believe this? That Google specifically targeted eBay?

Or, is it a case where eBay happened to be a high profile site that fit what Panda is trying to clean up in the first place. 

The thought that Google can target and zap a specific company just so that more people use Google Shopping is alarming.

Has anyone seen what effect this update has had on Amazon and other similar sites?

Monday June 09, 2014

TimAndKatieToo (not verified) Said:

Don't be so naive. Do you really think Google does what it does just for the greater good of Mankind? The sad part about all of this is that small business and Mom amd Pops are the ones that will suffer the most. If Google was really concerned with the greater good they would have consulted with eBay, Amazon, etc. to at least give them a heads up. On eBay right now there are small business that have lost 40% or more of their sales almost overnight. Many will not survive. Yeah, Google is a hero.

Saturday May 31, 2014

Euge (Servizi SEO) (not verified) Said:

Hi Larry,

Thanks for your great article. It raised in me even more the suspect that this Panda 4.0 has lot to do a lot with links

and also with content.

Im investigating as i've been hit i think (im sure).. :) 

Ciao

 

Saturday May 31, 2014

AnoJusnymous (not verified) Said:

The recent changes sure wiped me from showing in search results...suxxx!

Monday June 02, 2014

HayWayne (not verified) Said:

If I search for "watch straps" - around 90% of the viewable page is dedicated to revenue for Google. Either through the "Ads" above the organic listings, or via the Google Shopping list on the right of the screen.

Better results for who? Me as a consumer? I don't see it that way I'm afraid. I'm sure I'm not alone either.

Just another random search for "collar stiffeners" also results in around 80% of my viewable screen being dedicated to Google's revenue stream.

Want to make it a betteruser experience? Remove the frankly pointless right-hand column ads from the page. Give me viewable content above the fold, don't cram my page with advertising space.

Thanks

 

 

Tuesday June 03, 2014

Jimmy Terronez (not verified) Said:

The article was a great read! Thanks!

Thursday June 05, 2014

Prafull (not verified) Said:

Panda update have negative impact on low quality websites. We should worry too much about it if we are offering well researched content on our websites and blogs. Lots of article directories got negative effect due to this update from Google. To come up with Google algo, Ezinearticles team increased the minimum work count to 400.

So it’s for sure that websites with content less than 200 type will not perform much on Google, but websites with long content even if its not of high quality will still work on Google

Saturday June 07, 2014

Chris Schultz (not verified) Said:

I will still find a way to become rich. Even after this update. 

Monday June 09, 2014

TimAndKatieToo (not verified) Said:

Yeah, you can go to work for Google.

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Clara (not verified) Said:

As a searcher, it was annoying to keep hitting Ebay pages that had nothing to do with what I was looking for. I wish I could feel bad for them.

Thursday June 12, 2014

abhisek (not verified) Said:

Panda 4 is live now. You need to really focus on some quality content. Do not go for low quality guest blog site.

Thursday June 12, 2014

fk google (not verified) Said:

Odd thing is - Google shitcanned my hand written, useful content site by 80%, then jacked up my useless, cookie cut thin site by 35%. Yeah - they really knoiw what the fuck they're doing. I'm not sure if I should scratch the good site and rebuild, wait, or start working on the useless site and see if I can get google to shitcan that one as well.

Thursday June 26, 2014

Adam Henige (not verified) Said:

I feel ya. I've seen some WEIRD shit with the last few updates. A lot of sites that got hit but shouldn't have been, and then when the next update hits all is well. Just sucks if you're trying to make a living in between.

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