We knew that Panda was coming, the controversial Google algorithm change that has had the world talking. Many of us have already felt (or not) the effects as we had a website hosted in the US. But now that it’s worldwide. Do you need to look at changing your site or the seo practises you have been implimenting?
Many sites felt a painful fall in rankings whilst some gained. but the fact is that if you build a good quality site and get the basics right, then you cant go wrong. Many blog posts have been printing lists of the winners and losers, trying to analyse why the rankings dropped etc. But it’s quite obvious that the sites hit worst allowed junk content and duplicate content onto their websites.
Can Spam links hurt?
I still maintain that it is onpage content that is most important followed by backlinks of quality. If you go down the road of getting spammy profile backlinks from forums or blog comments and are mingling with other ‘dodgy’ links, then i think those links will simply have no effect. Therefore they are worthless and are not worth wasting time or money on.
Links that work
Submitting good comments on a moderated blog are great as are well written articles. Social bookmarks and votes from Facebook are good too. Simply do not try to cheat and you cannot go wrong.
Panda may have been high profile but Google are forever trying to weed out the cheats and spammers. Do things the right way. Keep posting blogs and building great content. Comment in forums and other sites in your niche. Then you will get where you want to be. Just not overnight.