how to recover from Google Panda

    how to recover from Google Panda

  • 1 Remove all ads above the fold

    Google now lowers the rank of websites that have ads above the fold and that makes it harder for visitors to find your content. Side bar ads are fine but don't overuse them.

  • 2 Get rid of short articles

    Make each article at least 500 words long. Elongate short ones or delete the ones that have thin content.

  • 3 Get rid of redundant pages

    Get rid of redundant pages that cover the same exact topic from the same angle. Google Panda hates duplicate content. Unless the articles are substantially different, combine them into one article.

  • 4 Don't write many articles with the same title

    You should never have 2 articles with very similar titles. For example 'How to get over stress' and 'Getting over stress' are examples of very similar titles. Google might consider your pages duplicates.

  • 5 Get rid of copied & scrapped content

    Delete all articles that are directly copied from other sources. Also note that Google algorithm is smart enough to detect scrapped pages, even if the original content was scrambled.

  • 6 Remove clutter

    Remove all unneeded clutter and make the page as clean as you can (see Why people are less likely to pay attention to a cluttered page).

  • 7 Reduce the number of scripts on a page

    Make sure you get rid of additional scripts if your site has too many of them.

  • 8 Compare your page to the first top 10 results

    Does your page add substantial value or is it just another copy of already existing pages? If your page has something to add then Google will consider it a high quality page.

  • 9 Block or delete the pages you are not sure of

    If you are not sure whether some pages are low quality, you can use the Robots.txt file to block Google from seeing them. This will have the same effect on your site as deleting them (see how to block a page).

  • 10 Reduce the number of ad units on a page

    While the adsense team will keep urging you to add more units, the Google panda algorithm will lower your site's rank if you have many ads on your pages.

  • 11 Make sure that the user finds the content easily

    As soon as the user lands on your page he should find your content right away without scrolling anywhere. Don't put a sign up box at the top, a popup ad or anything that makes the content hard to find (see the web design guidelines for navigation).

  • 12 Block thin pages using robots.txt

    Pages like Privacy policy, contact form and so many other pages can be considered thin pages by Google. Just use the robots.txt file to block them while keeping them on your site.

  • 13 Revise your copy well

    Make sure you don't have Typos or grammatical errors in your copy, for those errors can reduce the rank of a page.

  • 14 For user-generated pages apply some more quality control

    If your site has user-generated pages then block new pages from Google by default using the no index meta tag, then manually review the pages before allowing Google to see them.

  • 15 Invest in professional design

    Your site must look trustworthy for Google to consider it a high quality site. Invest in professional design and don't underestimate what the Panda algorithm can see.

  • 16 Forget about old school keyword stuffing

    Long ago keyword stuffing used to work like magic. Now it causes a penalty. Don't overuse any keywords and write naturally.

  • 17 Encourage sharing

    Google assumes a page is of high quality if it's shared by visitors. Put the share boxes in prominent places and encourage sharing (See Reasons people share certain things online).