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Get Ready For The Next Panda Wave UK!

After seeing the traffic drop off on a number of my sites and discussing the Panda effect this morning with Patrick, I decided to do a little more research into the U.S. drop off and how it is hitting other websites.

We looked at over 20 different sites and some of the Ecommerce sites ‘stuck out like a sore thumb’!

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This is one of the websites in question and it was a very similar picture across multiple UK based e-commerce websites, up to a 50% drop in US based Google organic traffic as of the 24th February.

As of yet UK traffic has not been affected, however Panda hasn’t hit the UK yet and once it does this picture is going to be even more devastating.

Can You Do Anything About It

Well if you have lot’s of unique content you have nothing to worry about, however E-commerce websites could be hit hard as they have multiple pages that have content on them that is duplicated all across the web, this is what is causing the above.

The above should act as a warning to all UK based E-commerce sites, if your US Google traffic looks similar to this over the last month then get ready for wave two to hit:-

- Switch any spare resources to re writing content that you believe to be duplicated
- Write 300 + words of 100% unique copy for any products you have
- Invest in encouraging more user generated content

Patrick has published some data on Blogstorm and there was a nice post on SEOmoz talking about the positive impact UGC has, especially post Panda. Panda is expected in the UK any time now, creating unique, useful content has to be a priority for all sites moving forwards.

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Author: Tim (296 Articles)

is the owner and editor of SEO wizz and has been involved in the search engine marketing industry for over 9 years. He has worked with multiple businesses across many verticals, creating and implementing search marketing strategies for companies in the UK, US and across Europe. Tim is also the Director of Search at Branded3, a Digital Marketing & SEO Agency based in the UK.

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Robert March 28, 2011 at 8:13 am

Hi Tim

Noticed a few Google Panda update stories kicking off today, dont think its going to be long now until it hits the shores of the UK.

I am little concerened about one of my own websites, it did have around 300+ products, mostly all duplicated product spec (not much you can say about the products I sell), the last week or so removed back to about 100 or there about, still worried about this, the website itself has some unique blog posts + articles aswell to give it a boost, but not sure if the product descriptions is going to get me affected by the update.

Do you think with a 100 or so, I could?

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Tim March 29, 2011 at 1:26 am

Hi Robert,

It’s very likely any duplicate content could be affected from what I have seen happening in the U.S. , it’s almost like Google are taking the traffic from ecommerce sites and passing it to blogs with unique content and lot’s of adsense! Good business plan on their part but a nightmare for E-commerce users, I think the only way to be ahead of the curve is to re write all content and make it as unique as possible.

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Robert March 29, 2011 at 3:46 am

Hi Tim

We have already started removing alot of our products that we dont really sell, and the ones we are keeping starting to re-write product descriptions. I am hoping with the range of articles, blog posts on the website and also the wide range of links going to the website, I am keeping fingers crossed I dont get hit when it does finally land in the UK.

From what I have read it seems that nobody really knows how or how badly its going to affect the UK, until it actually happens. I just wish it would happen sooner rather than later :)

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Jim March 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Personally, I’m a dirty affiliate marketer and, with Panda in mind, I decided to drastically overhaul my discount code site. Out go my automated imports pulled from network feeds using Perl, in comes lots of unique content (you’d be amazed how many friends want to write a post on a blog ;) ). Then add in a little creative thinking about how to get users to find the discount codes on my site and, ‘bingo’ – bring it on Google :).

I’m quite looking forward to Panda but, if my site tanks, I’ll be asking Tim to remove this self-congratulatory comment asap!

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Wade April 5, 2011 at 2:15 am

Hi Tim, when you say UK sites, are those sites that are on a .uk domain. I have not seen any drop in my traffic and rankings but all my domains or on .com’s. Not all my content is unique so I am worried. Should I expect the UK Panda onslaught to have an impact in this case.

Thanks..

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Tim April 12, 2011 at 3:51 am

When I say UK sites I am simply referring to where they target traffic rather than a domain extension.

Panda has hit the UK now so keep a close eye on your traffic, look at organic traffic from Google and filter for keywords which delivered <1 visits, watch this over the next week or 2 and it should become clear whether or not you have been affected by this up date. If your content is duplicated across multiple sites then you are at risk.

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Jason Walker May 9, 2011 at 6:54 am

Tim, interesting to read you views on duplicate content on ecommerce sites and the Panda update, which are the sites that have been hit the most.

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Tim May 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Tech sites have been hit badly, its seems any sites that are content based and target commercial terms have taken a big hit.

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