Google gives tips to overcome Panda Algorithm update

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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California, May 7: When the search engine giant Google rolled out its 'Panda Update,' a new algorithm to filter out shallow-quality content websites from coming atop better-quality sites, in Feb 2011, some of the websites cried out for the huge depletion in search traffic. Now, Google released some tips on building high-quality sites.

Amit Singhal, Google"s head of search, published a post in Google Webmaster Central blog describing the ways to make the websites friendly with Panda algorithm change. Amit advised publishers to continue their focus on delivering the best possible user experience on their websites and not to focus too much on what they think are Google"s current ranking algorithms or signals.

The Google official claimed that the panda update has improved rankings for a large number of high-quality websites. He also said that the company is planning to roll out 500 more search improvements in 2011 as well.

"Panda was just one of roughly 500 search improvements we expect to roll out to search this year. In fact, since we launched Panda, we've rolled out over a dozen additional tweaks to our ranking algorithms, and some sites have incorrectly assumed that changes in their rankings were related to Panda. Search is a complicated and evolving art and science, so rather than focusing on specific algorithmic tweaks, we encourage you to focus on delivering the best possible experience for users," said Amit Singhal.

Amit also stated some questions, which Google ranking signals considers while searching for a query. Those questions include:

* Would you trust the information presented in this article?
* Is this article written by an expert or enthusiast who knows the topic well, or is it more shallow in nature?
* Does the site have duplicate, overlapping, or redundant articles on the same or similar topics with slightly different keyword variations?
* Would you be comfortable giving your credit card information to this site?
* Does this article have spelling, stylistic, or factual errors?
* Are the topics driven by genuine interests of readers of the site, or does the site generate content by attempting to guess what might rank well in search engines?
* Does the article provide original content or information, original reporting, original research, or original analysis?
* Does the page provide substantial value when compared to other pages in search results?
* How much quality control is done on content?
* Does the article describe both sides of a story?
* Is the site a recognized authority on its topic?
* Is the content mass-produced by or outsourced to a large number of creators, or spread across a large network of sites, so that individual pages or sites don"t get as much attention or care?
* Was the article edited well, or does it appear sloppy or hastily produced?
* For a health related query, would you trust information from this site?
* Would you recognize this site as an authoritative source when mentioned by name?
* Does this article provide a complete or comprehensive description of the topic?
* Does this article contain insightful analysis or interesting information that is beyond obvious?
* Is this the sort of page you"d want to bookmark, share with a friend, or recommend?
* Does this article have an excessive amount of ads that distract from or interfere with the main content?
* Would you expect to see this article in a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?
* Are the articles short, unsubstantial, or otherwise lacking in helpful specifics?
* Are the pages produced with great care and attention to detail vs. less attention to detail?
* Would users complain when they see pages from this site?

Google Search head recommended users to ask the same sorts of questions while publishing content in their websites. He said that the implementation of these steps will help their sites to rank well for the long-term.

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