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Google Panda attack is here, and businesses should be made aware of this. For those of you who don’t know this yet, the Panda we are referring to is not the cute little animal in the zoo. Our Panda is a algorithm change implemented by Google that affects around 5% of websites worldwide. For those of you that have been affected by this, well then, this Panda can possibly be your worst nightmare. What you would have noticed is you SERP rankings or your page rank on Google would have disappeared over night. This most recent update marks the 24th official change by Google to the Panda update.

March 15 2013

Basically, this change had been designed to help improve the search engine rankings of websites that have better quality content and on the other hand to penalise site that have meaningless, spam like web copy.

We refer to the Panda update as an attack. You can a comparison between a Panda bear attacking you and the Google Panda attacking your website ranking. The attack happens because companies will often use SEO companies that try to fool the algorithm and employ SEO tactics that are outside the search guidelines. Eventually, this catches up with them and they become part of this panda attack.

How do you know if you have been the subject of Google Panda attack?

– Check your rankings and if they have dropped a few pages or disappeared altogether then you have incurred the wrath of the dreaded Panda.
– Audit your site and make sure that there are no duplicate pages and that each page on your site has unique content. This is an important step as you may have accidentally loaded content to your site that was on another or old site.

What Do You Do Now?

Following are a few points to help you improve the quality of content on your website and this in turn, should help you get out from the Panda attack or Panda penalty.

Point 1: Work on improving upon slim content

A lot of websites will have images only on the home page. Sure images look great and they are impressive, but look at adding original copy or content describing those images. If, for example, you are an architect why not have 2 or 3 case studies on the home page with great copy describing actually what you did for the project. This will have the effect of providing useful information to someone visiting your site and help the search engines when indexing your site. Remember to make the content unique.
In so far as design is concerned, there are ways you can integrate this copy into the design without ever compromising on the sites over all appeal. Speak to your web designer about this. Most web design studios should be able to advice you on this.

Point 2: Add new and fascinating content will radically help you

Ask yourself this question; when was the last time that I added content to my website? If the answer is, I can’t remember, then you really need to take action and take it fast. Think about adding a blog to your site and adding and interesting article every other week. This will keep the search engines satisfied and keep you out of the cross hairs of the Panda update. Make sure the blog articles are well written and posted online regularly. Blog posting is great for business and lifting your online profile as a source of information.

Point 3: Now start linking

Google’s spiders are always on the look out for new pages. Having an external link pointing to your new content is a sure way to get noticed and help your article as well as website with SEO rankings. Getting links that point to this new content is not easy butt a good starting place is on your social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. A great way to promote your site legitimately is to have a link point to your blog from another external blog.

More SEO points related to Panda

The Panda is a complex beast. In terms of SEO it has changed the landscape forever, which I personally feel has been positive. It has rewarded companies like hopping mad designs who spend hours upon hours writing quality content on our blogs. We play by the rules and this is why we are ranking online. Panda has eliminated all the dodgy SEO companies, who in the past, could rank sites easily.
My main tip to anyone reading this is to speak with a SEO professional and get advice if you feel that you are the subject of a Panda attack. These people will be able to diagnose the issues and fix them so they won’t occur in the near future.

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