Basic Guide To Avoid Google Panda Penalties
Since Google is trying to provide its searchers with the best possible experience, content that speaks directly to reader needs, and is higher quality, will tend to rank higher.

The best way to avoid a penalty into the future is simply to focus on quality above all else. Below you’ll find five ways you can protect yourself from a dreaded Google Panda penalty, as well as future updates that will continue to roll out.

1. Focus On Readers First

Although SEO is important when it comes to ranking your website and driving traffic. When you’re creating your content you should have your readers in mind, not the search engine robots. This means your content should be reader focused, not stuffed with keywords, bad links, or other outdated SEO practices that worked years ago. This will only lead to a penalty.

The goal of your content should be to provide real value to your readers. This is the only way to build long term relationships, and will lead to increased links and social shares over time. Which will in turn help your rankings.

2. Upgrade Your Low-Quality Content

Google is continuously updating their algorithm to create the best user experience possible. So, instead of trying to find tactics to exploit Google you should turn your efforts to simply creating better content. Great content will never go out of style.

If you have old content on your website that’s either poorly written, has bad links, or is over-optimized, then you should either remove that content, or update the content to reflect current web standards. If you have multiple low word-count blog posts consider combining them into a larger, more valuable blog post.

If you are optimizing your content for certain keywords tread lightly. Google can detect keyword-stuffed content and can lead to a penalty if the keywords aren’t naturally integrated into the content, or appear too frequently.

3. Remove All Duplicate Content

If Google detects duplicate content across your site, this will greatly increase your chances of receiving a penalty. If you have multiple pages of duplicate content, then you’ll have three options at your disposal to remedy the issue.

  • Use a 301 redirect to show Google which page is the original page.
  • Delete the duplicate content entirely.
  • Re-write the content, so it’s unrecognizable from its previous form.
  • Focus on user experience.

Your readers value clean and minimal websites, so the search engines’ll also value them. To stay on the good side of Google, make sure you clean up your site with any unnecessary design features.

This means you’ll want to refrain from having too many ads, having a cluttered sidebar, or having any broken links. Although these steps are small, they’ll go a long way towards bulletproofing your website for current and future algorithm updates.

5. Improve The Speed Of Your Site

Your visitors won’t stick around to wait for your website to load, which can create a poor user experience. Google also won’t rank your site as highly if it’s slow to load. If your site takes more than a few seconds to load, then you could be looking at a penalty. GTmetrix is a great free tool to help analyze your site and provide suggestions to increase your speed.

To keep your website running at its ideal speed use a caching software, compress images whenever possible, stay away from Flash, and remove any plugins or bloated features that aren’t completely necessary.

If you’re using WordPress, then our managed solution has built in features to help increase your speed. With some of our tests, it’s actually helped make some sites up to 2.5x faster.

To create a bulletproof strategy that works for the long-term, focusing on delighting your users and the rankings will follow.

Kevin Wood writes about technology and human potential. You can find him at his virtual homes Wooden Writing and Counter Culturist.

3 thoughts on “The Simple Guide To Avoiding Google Panda Penalties

  1. Some good points here Kevin, should help point a few people on HG in the right direction.

    The majority of people who approach me are having Google Panda issues are as a result of Technical problems with their website. While ecommerce sites are prone to issues with duplicate content issues (mirror websites, international sites, ‘borrowed’ product copy from manufacturers). Knowing you have Panda issues in the first place is fundamental to resolving them swiftly from my experience.

    Also, as we approach the release of Penguin as part of the core algorithm, this would also make a good topic for HG customers.

  2. Good Article ! Probably, I among the best article I’ve read recently. One main thing to focus is to build content that users would love and not Google. Many people write for Search Engine and not for readers. The focus should be only on high-value content. With the introduction of Panda updates, now it is the right time to pay attention to quality content that is written with the audience in mind.

    And Seriously , Bloggers need to be more focused while selecting a theme. No body care to visit a site that looks cheap and tacky. A professionally , truth-worthy looking site with quality content is always safe.

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