Hit by Panda ? Try blogspot
Starredreviews presents the Google Panda Series Analysis.
You are a small publisher hit by Google Panda. Even though, your website was not world class, you considered it to be decent enough to be useful for readers and worth ranking in the google – at least for some of the posts that you made. And it did, just as expected, probably better – but that was before the February 12, 2011 when Google Panda attacked the so called “low quality” sites. Your website traffic plummeted by a whopping 40%. Another international launch of the Google Panda in April 2011, led to a further 20% drop in google traffic.
This is the story of a large number of people who have reported their issues at Google Webmaster forum . The reply from the top contributors has rarely been helpul. The recovery from the Google Panda has been non existent or rare at the best.
People have tried everything suggested by the Top Contributors. Excessive ads have been suggested as one of the reasons for the sites that have been hit by Google Panda. When webmasters removed or reduced the Adsense, the only outcome was a drop is revenue. No one has reported a recovery by removing or reducing the Adsense.
Duplicate content has been cited as one of the reasons that could negatively affect your site. Many website owners have tried canonicals, noindexing the tag, so on and so forth. Bur the recovery has been non existent. Many webmasters even reported further loss in traffic when the no indexed low quality traffic. They removed / no indexed thin content posts. Added more content to thin content pages. Nothing seems to work.
If you are frustrated Google Panda hit webmaster owner, you may try one thing – Start blogging on blogspot.com – yes it has many disadvantages, but, blogspot is not hit by Panda ( Though there is no gaurantee that it will not be hit by Google Panda in future). Blogspot is owned by Google, and google will tweak the algo so that it stays out of panada net. It should be easy for you to open an account in blogspot and there is no reason for it not to rank high in Google.
Interestingly you can spread the blogs in different domains based upon the topics. Like a.blogspot.com, b.blogspot.com. The subdomains may be hit by Panda. But, if a.blogspot.com is hit, chances are b.blogspot.com will not. This is another advantage of blogging at blogspot.com
Advantages of blogging in Blogspot
– Less chances of being hit by Panda
– You can spread over several subdomains
– No hosting worries. No payment to hosting company
– Less chances of attack on website ( Denial of Service, hack etc)
Disadvantage of blogging at Blogspot
– You dont own the site – so, a little less value if you plan to sell the site
– The customization is not as flexible as your own wordpress based blog
A decade ago, Blogspot was a favorite starting place for fledgling bloggers. With Panda, you may like to revisit blogspot. At least diversify your blog – you should not put all your eggs in one basket.