Was City Visitor Crushed By Panda?

After reviewing some of clients traffic this morning we came across an interesting trend.

Most people in the SEO field understand how powerful links on City Visitor are but they also know how much traffic they can potentially drive, especially from local terms.

Now I have no qualms with the links, they still work well but it seems to me like they have been delivered a Panda Hammer.

This is a screen shot from one of our clients showing referring traffic from the domain;

City Visitor Panda

By the look of this anyone paying for links or placements on an ongoing basis need to rethink how much they want to invest particularly those doing it for traffic alone, as an SEO boost the links still work well.

This is just one client so it is possible it could just relate to this niche, however we have links in 84 different locations so it’s definitely not a location based problem.

First Google Places, now Panda…….. ouch


is the CEO of Branded3 a Search Marketing Agency in the UK. Tim has over a decade of experience in Search and regularly speaks at key events and conferences.

7 thoughts on “Was City Visitor Crushed By Panda?

  1. I’ve been following your blog for a while now, thanks for sharing your information. I have a question if you don’t mind. Do you still do article submission? Does Google penalize you if you used a spinned article and submit it to content farms just to get the link juice? It’s been buggin’ me for a while now.hehe! Thanks in advance 😀

  2. Hi Sanji,

    I personally still like to use article submissions and other forms of content syndication, not because they are the best type of link, because they’re clearly not, however I believe Google has a ‘noise’ element to their algorithm, not necessarily a freshness signal but a signal based on how many new links you are attracting each month. Even on the most brand worthy sites, having an article submission process that fires out quality content still seems to positively impact a campaign when carried out in conjunction with other techniques and promotions.

  3. Tim, thanks for responding back! I didn’t do article submission after the Panda Update, I think I need to try it out. Another question: Submitting to bookmarking sites, does it carry any link juice as well? Do you still do this? Sorry about this, I just need someone to ask and confirm too. 🙂 appreciate it man!

  4. Social bookmarking is fine but I only tend to do it when pushing a viral piece, using it in manual link building never really seems to have any impact for me.

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