I‘m a just squeaking by, after four and a half years of publishing quality content and Google ranking stolen content higher than the original. I’m exhausted but have not given up yet. Many of my friends and colleagues who have worked creating websites that provide great American service are going under.
The saddest part of the Google Panda update is that it is putting honest American journalists out of work and paying off-shore scrapers in Adsense revenue. Google is sending searchers to the what Google has determined is better for the searchers, makes more money for the Google and is not what the searchers are actually looking for.
Here’s an outcome we found due to the Panda update:
We’ve followed all the advice in the forums to get our traffic back since the Panda 2.2 run and to date have lost 99% of our Google traffic.
We’ve been moved down for our own site name more than 50 places on average, have none of our articles appearing in the top 100 spots, and see scraper sites running stolen content from our all-original site returned in roughly 70 of the top spots for our article titles.
Our terrible act that got us demoted? We are a news provider for IMDb. Yes — they run our RSS feed excerpts with a link to our articles. We can’t get any help from the Google team and are only insulted by their forum members for writing celebrity gossip news.
The trouble is our content really is 100% unique op-ed pieces that roll a review of the latest entertainment news in with stars charitable activities not typically reported by any gossip magazines.
The more good news we share, the more scrapers pick out site up… we’ve had to lay off most of our staff now (including writers, IT Marketing people, and researchers) because of the decline in traffic. Its heartbreaking to have to scrap such a worthwhile project over an algorithm flaw that they can’t get around to fixing.
How many other people who make their living have lost their jobs over Panda’s flaw? The bug should have been fixed before it ever rolled out.
We’ve gone from feeding 5 families who worked their hearts out to find and share great content to making less than $10 monthly in google adwords money — not enough ad money to pay the domain and hosting fees.
Google’s motto is supposed to be “Do no evil.” Here is something from the Google Code of Conduct:
“Don’t be evil.” Googlers generally apply those words to how we serve our users. But “Don’t be evil” is much more than that. Yes, it’s about providing our users unbiased access to information, focusing on their needs and giving them the best products and services that we can. But it’s also about doing the right thing more generally — following the law, acting honorably and treating each other with respect.
Yeah, right…. who is being evil now?