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11/20/13
Original Poster
Blogger By Choice

Why Google Panda is hitting WordPress blogs for internal duplication?

I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 
My URL is: http://goo.gl/6yc7QQ

I've a WordPress blog. Started in Nov 2011 with a domain name different from the present one. Till August 2012, the average page views per day was 1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred). I've taken average page views from April 12 to Aug 12. Before that it was less. 90% of traffic I was getting/and get is from Google. From Bing, Yahoo and Social Media - almost nil.

On Aug 22, 2012, my site traffic from Google dropped by 65%, and within 4 to 5 days the traffic drop was almost 90%. It's almost 1 year and 3 months but my site traffic is down by 90% compared to the average peak traffic.

Possible Reason:

2months before hit (June 2012) I noticed my WordPress blog was producing 1000s of duplicate pages of categories, tags, comments etc. Surprisingly, few pages (duplicate) were ranking quite high in Google search. I still remember, few days just before the Panda hit, a web-page with an isolated image was ranking on the 1st page of Google search for a highly searched keyword phrase. A web-page with a tag (duplicate) was also ranking foe weeks on the 1st page of Google, and I was getting 100s of visitors.

Is the Panda hit due to internal (technical) duplicate content by WordPress software?

What I've done:

1# I've added quality content on a regular basis since the hit (Aug 22).
2# De-indexed all the content published prior to the hit (de-indexed all blog posts before September 2012)
3# Controlled URL parameters via GWMT to limit/handle duplicate content
4# Modified robots.txt file - so that not to crawl comments on my blogs (there were 1000s of ?replytocom links indexed in Google Search earlier)

Important: In the month of Mar, 2013, I've changed my domain name for re-branding purpose by following all possible guidelines by Google for domain name change. I implemented page-to-page 301 permanent redirection from my old site to the new site. Kept both the domain for 6 months like this. Changed the address in the GWMT at the beginning. After 6 months I deleted all the pages from my old domain (except 4 pages).

Final Questions: Panda Update 18 was released on Aug 20, 2012, and my site got hit on Aug 22. So I think - this is not a co-relation.

# Do you think - Implementation of robots.txt for duplicate content (internal duplicate pages by WP) is correct?
## Is there any other steps I should take to recover from Panda hit?

Waiting for a better response :)

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travler.
11/20/13
travler.
Hello Blogger by Choice

Must say you have  lot of chutzpah to use a JohnMueller Hangout video and transcript notes as content on your site under SEO

Are those adsense ads too? just asking.

Not sure why you would deindex pages. Why not just set category/tag/ archive pages to noindex so that the actual post is the only content indexed?

You should be able to do this in settings in WP - I forget just where.

I am seeing posts indexed prior to Sep 2012


Do you have 462 pages on the site? Or does that include tags, etc?

See http://moz.com/google-algorithm-change#2012 for updates. Given your dates, it could be several of them.



On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 6:17:01 PM UTC-5, Blogger By Choice wrote:
I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 
My URL is: http://goo.gl/6yc7QQ

I've a WordPress blog. Started in Nov 2011 with a domain name different from the present one. Till August 2012, the average page views per day was 1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred). I've taken average page views from April 12 to Aug 12. Before that it was less. 90% of traffic I was getting/and get is from Google. From Bing, Yahoo and Social Media - almost nil.

On Aug 22, 2012, my site traffic from Google dropped by 65%, and within 4 to 5 days the traffic drop was almost 90%. It's almost 1 year and 3 months but my site traffic is down by 90% compared to the average peak traffic.

Possible Reason:

2months before hit (June 2012) I noticed my WordPress blog was producing 1000s of duplicate pages of categories, tags, comments etc. Surprisingly, few pages (duplicate) were ranking quite high in Google search. I still remember, few days just before the Panda hit, a web-page with an isolated image was ranking on the 1st page of Google search for a highly searched keyword phrase. A web-page with a tag (duplicate) was also ranking foe weeks on the 1st page of Google, and I was getting 100s of visitors.

Is the Panda hit due to internal (technical) duplicate content by WordPress software?

What I've done:

1# I've added quality content on a regular basis since the hit (Aug 22).
2# De-indexed all the content published prior to the hit (de-indexed all blog posts before September 2012)
3# Controlled URL parameters via GWMT to limit/handle duplicate content
4# Modified robots.txt file - so that not to crawl comments on my blogs (there were 1000s of ?replytocom links indexed in Google Search earlier)

Important: In the month of Mar, 2013, I've changed my domain name for re-branding purpose by following all possible guidelines by Google for domain name change. I implemented page-to-page 301 permanent redirection from my old site to the new site. Kept both the domain for 6 months like this. Changed the address in the GWMT at the beginning. After 6 months I deleted all the pages from my old domain (except 4 pages).

Final Questions: Panda Update 18 was released on Aug 20, 2012, and my site got hit on Aug 22. So I think - this is not a co-relation.

# Do you think - Implementation of robots.txt for duplicate content (internal duplicate pages by WP) is correct?
## Is there any other steps I should take to recover from Panda hit?

Waiting for a better response :)

11/20/13
Original Poster
Blogger By Choice
Hi Travler,

# I've already de-indexed categories/tags/archives via WordPress. I just de-indexed all the blog posts prior to Aug 22, 2012 (Panda Hit) to watch for any recovery. And after recovery planning to re-index some quality content gradually, and deleting not so good content.

# I've total 390 pages on my blog (posts +pages).

# There was no other updates around Aug 20, 2012, except Panda 18 (Check the Moz link you've provided).

Thanks :)
travler.
11/21/13
travler.
Hi again

So google index has about 70 more pages than you actually  have?

Check that site domain link and see which ones are still indexed and perhaps should not be.

I think content is your big issue, both under SEO and under NEWS - those posts culled right from Google or YouTube etc are recycled from other sources.

If you are a practicing doctor as you stated in one of your comment replies, then likely this is a hobby for you.

By the way on the page ending in com/news/view-and-save-attachments-in-gmail-using-google-drive-12162/ the images are broken.

re  WordPress blogs for internal duplication

If you are indeed setting tags/ categories etc to noindex, this will not be an issue. But with more pages indexed than you have on the site, there is some noindexing yet to do.


 And I'd get rid of the keyword cloud in sidebar - just spammy .





11/21/13
Original Poster
Blogger By Choice
Hi Travler,

1# The link you provided and told that the image is broken is Wrong Info. Check the link here.

2# Your idea about "Tag Cloud" as spammy sounds funny : Tag cloud is a way for navigating our website in a better way. This is a subset of Category. If somebody want to read a specific section he can go to that collection page easily, right?

Moreover, all the tags are no-followed here. As such there is no meaning of no-following or do-following till the time you're linking your own web-pages internally. In fact, it is better for distribution of link-juice or PR flow. It also helps Google bot to discover links/pages.

3# About the content - You want to tell - SearchEngineLand.com, SERoundTable.com, SearchEngineJournal.com, or even Moz.com who are publishing Google News and YouTube videos are SPAMMY? What a joke!!

The theme or meaning of news article are always same for a single piece of news. But the way you cover it with additional info is different.

I think you haven't gone through my articles under SEO Category before posting your message. Is the below articles are copied from somewhere? Check out below links -

For your info - I've de-indexed almost 50% of my articles under SEO Category which were published before Aug 22, 2012 (Before Hit).

Telling - your content is not unique is the easiest way out for any SEO to answer/address any issues. Do you know the definition of unique content??


BTW - Thanks for you time and efforts :) No hard feelings :) :)

travler.
11/21/13
travler.
Oh okay then.


Good luck and let us know how it goes.


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11/21/13
Original Poster
Blogger By Choice
@ Luzie - Thanks for clarifying :)
 
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