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Google Panda Has Shunned Me

April 05, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Announcements

Those of you who run your own blogs may have heard about something called the Google Panda. From what I gather, it’s a new algorithm designed to improve Google’s search results. It works by bringing down the ranks of low-quality sites so that when you search for something like “anime”, you don’t get results that take you to a page selling memberships to “Hentai Key” or some other porn site. So what does this have to do with me? Well, 2 weeks ago I noticed a rapid decline in the amount of traffic Nopy’s Blog was getting, right around the time Panda was being implemented. Yes, I was Panda Slapped.

At the time I didn’t know what was going on, just that not as many people were visiting, so I decided to publish a post. On March 24 I decided to go with one of the staples of my blog, a Megami Magazine post. That helped stall the decline in traffic as you can see from the chart below. Unfortunately, visits continued to drop shortly after that.

By this point I thought that maybe people just weren’t interested in my recent anime and magazine coverage so I went with a figure review of nendoroid Yuki and a post of me thinking too much, which always seems to draw some attention. That created a noticeable spike, but my gains were lost the very next day. The smaller spike on April 1 was from my retro Megami post, which I had prepared in advance.

Things have leveled off now, and needless to say, traffic from Google is pretty insignificant now. It’s disheartening to know that Google doesn’t think highly of my blog. A search of “Nopy” on Google lists some defunct site first and Nopy’s Blog second, how bad is that? You’re probably wondering, “but Nopy, why not just write more posts like what you did last week?” I’d like to, but getting 5 posts up in a week was just too much time and effort for me. Blogging is a hobby of mine that I do in my spare time, treating it like a job would take all the fun out of it.

I’ve read plenty of horror stories of people losing their livelihoods recently because of Google Panda and I hope none of you were negatively affected by it. In that sense, I’m lucky that the only thing I lost along with traffic is my ego. Some good things to come out of this are that now I know the people reading this will actually find some value in my blog. Almost all of my traffic now is direct or from referring sites, so that means that many of you have been here before and have come back for more (thank you guys!). The average page view ratio has also increased from 2 pages/visit to 7 pages/visit, more than triple.

Since I know the majority of you have browsed through at least a few pages here, I’d like to take this oppurtunity to ask: what do you like/hate about my blog and what would you like to see in the future? The last time I asked this, magazine coverage seemed to have the most interest. Due to costs, however, I have stopped purchasing Nyantype Magazines in favour of several artbooks, which I will review once I figure out how to keep the pages open and not use illegal scans.

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25 Comments to “Google Panda Has Shunned Me”

  1. I haven’t been a follower of yours for very long, but I loved that Megami magazine post. I’m definitely interested in art books and too much thinking. But really, what I’m most interested in is what you are interested in (if that doesn’t sound too cliche). Because what inspires a person is typically the most interesting to read about. :)

    I have a love/hate relationship with search engines. I’ve seen them screw over many people before. Recently MSN pulled some crap with a good friend of mine who is a web analyst, cutting off an entire campaign line of advertising because of some unknown issues which they refuse to provide explanation for, and they refuse to restore any of it even though the data is still there. On top of that, she has to ask all of her clients to use new credit cards on their advertising. That’s around a hundred thousand dollars of advertising business that MSN has lost just recently because of that one event.

    So, it’s safe to say that I really don’t like them, but they’re useful.
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  2. My blog’s the second on the list when I search my own goddamn blog name, darn. Some defunct badly designed website is the first result. . .

    On the bright side, with the recent addition of new bloggers, the traffic’s increased tremendously.

    On another note: anyone else think Google Panda is kind of a nudge at China? I mean, Panda, China, hmm.

  3. Well, actually I have on the 25 March a really rise of clicks in my blog.
    325 to be correct.

    But after that day it went to normal with 100-140 clicks.

  4. There’s nothing on your blog that I hate. As a matter of fact, I like your content. Keep on going with those posts of yours. They’re good.
    Hoshiko recently posted..Hanasaku Iroha Episode 1- Sixteen Years of Age- Spring- Still Buds

  5. So wait…were you pushed down due to the nature of your content or is it because Google prefered the quality of that other site? I used to keep track of my traffic but I decided I preferred to not look at it all. I have no idea how many hits I’ve had since I moved to my new domain. Why? Because my blog is my cheap therapy, and I don’t want to be influenced by what posts gains me more interest. My blog is all what I want to talk about. LOL so if that means talking about a lame shoujo manga series I liked then so be it in a dwindling US shoujo market then so be it ;) But this approach is definitely not for everyone. Lots of individuals I admire have used their blogs to help establish themselves as figures in the hobby community.
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  6. Well, that certainty sucks, I hope that Google continuously tweaks their algorithm to prevent instances like this.

    From a quick Google search my stuff seems normal, but now I feel like checking my stats to see if there has been any change.
    Miette-chan recently posted..Today is April 1st isn’t

  7. @Anima:
    I guess I won’t be dropping those topics any time soon. I know the search engines are just trying to make their results better, but sometimes its frustrating when they bump down a site (especially if you own that site) from the search rankings that shouldn’t have been bumped down.

    Looks like I’m not the only one. Here’s to hoping the both of use can get to the first result when people search for our blogs.

    Interesting take on Panda/China, who knows what Google is thinking.

    Maybe one of your posts just got a lot of attention that day?

    Thanks, glad to hear that you’re enjoying everything.

    I’m actually not sure why I was pushed down in Google’s rankings, they tend to keep that information secret. Your take on blogging sounds so relaxed, I like it. Traffic isn’t a major concern for me, I’m just a little upset at what happened. It’s like Google thinks I’m unworthy.

    I hope they do too. It seems only a small percentage of sites were affected in a big way, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

  8. I actually learned of your blog not through Google (because google’s search engine isn’t exactly 100% fool proof), but through clicking through website links in the comment boxes of blogs. Best way to connect with people with similar interests is through blogs and social networking sites it seems XD
    duqs recently posted..Busy Week – Ozinefest

  9. I found this blog quite some time ago (maybe around 1 year) when I started to get more interested in merchandise and was looking for some neat posters.
    I then learned of Megami and Nyantype, googled for them and landed here :)

    Since then I visit from 7days/week to 1day/month ^^ but I read every post of you nevertheless :D

    To be honest I only keep up with the stuff you write and Nekomagic, as somewhat you were my “first one” xD so you’re kind of important xD

    And I like to now I will see most of megami posters here, so I won’t miss a “GETGETGET” one out ;D

    Other than that I can only tell you one more reason I keep up with you and noone else: gramar / language xD
    I’m not a native speaker, but I really hate the bad gramar and/or language some blogs out there want to sparkle with^^

    Keep it up :D

  10. @duqs:
    I find people through the same way, it works really well.

    It’s an honour to know that this is one of the few blogs you follow. I’ll try to get the Megami posts earlier so you won’t miss any good ones.

    I’m also glad to hear that you like my language use. I was always taught to write using proper English, so it’s nice to know that people appreciate it.

  11. My old Blogger blog is still listed above my new WordPress one. Wtf…

    I thought the figure posts are interesting as well as any other ramblings. I don’t read anime magazines, since most my information I get online. Anyway, it’s not really the views that count. Just as long as your having fun. ^^
    MkMiku recently posted..Nendoroid Miku Returns! Better than Ever!

  12. Also, I noticed we frequent each other’s blogs. I would love to exchange links, if you would like to. I’ve read that Google tends to favor linkage.

  13. Sorry to hear that, but you’ve always got wonderful reader interaction here! The people who read your posts love coming, including me! ^ ^ So don’t let this get you down too much.

    p.s. I just did a quick google search for Megami magazine, and yours is ranked pretty high.

    As for what I’d love to see, more magazines of course! And just keep writing and doing what you’ve doing. ^ ^
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  14. Oh man, that sucks. I really dislike googles business practices, especially as they tend to (imo) be biased against anime.

    I’m sorry to hear that happened to you.
    Janette recently posted..SteinsGate and Hanasaku Iroha First Impression

  15. I actually have noticed a drop in my hit count as well. Also about the same 50 percent or so.

    I actually had attributed it to my lack of updates more than anything, since I’ve been busy, and have now opted to a different posting pattern. I was not aware that we’d be panda slapped.

    Though there is good from it. I noticed that my less relevant topics (root canal post) got fewer hits. It was contributing a lot of hits to my blog, which were skewing my results significantly, so it’s a welcome sight.

    Unfortunately, my google ranking on “anime figure photoshop” went from 3rd rank to 2nd page. :(

    I guess if you concentrate on relevant posts, and do your SEO properly, panda will help your blog in the long run.
    radiant recently posted..A Personal Message for Everyone

  16. @MkMiku:
    For a while after I moved, my old blog was ranked above this one too. Eventually this one came out on top, but only after I had written many more posts.

    I’d love to exchange links, I’ve already added your blog to my links section.

    Thanks, it’s always reassuring to hear that :)

    While I’m still ranked pretty high for a search on megami magazine, it’s not as high as it used to be.

    I haven’t noticed any bias against anime before, but this certainly wasn’t very nice :(

    I feel your pain, after doing a few searches, it seems a lot of people were negatively affected by the change. You’re right about the upside of things though, I’ve noticed a fewer percentage of people coming to my blog searching for hikikomori. Unfortunately, the percentage of people looking for hentai has increased…

  17. bcos anime = hentai. :|

    what the.. panda didn’t help me jack! root canal post is back up there again. grrr.
    radiant recently posted..A Personal Message for Everyone

  18. Well, considering how some of the posters of Megami look…^^ (good job for making them external though, as to be honest I’m not interested in them anyway xD).

    And nopy you don’t have to sweat it with the Megami postings :D
    As I live in Germany I normally can order Megamis only around 3 months after release ;_;
    Ofc. I could import them, but it’s just not worth it due to the huge amount of shippingcosts^^

    btw: Who’d google for Hikikomori anyway? xD NHK ni youkoso rulez^^

  19. @radiant:
    Haha, c’mon, I’m sure there’s at least one anime that isn’t hentai. It’s weird that your root canal hits are back up again, my traffic is still the same.

    I didn’t know it took so long to get Megami magazines in Germany. I get annoyed when my copies arrive 3 weeks after release instead of 2.

  20. Couldn’t help but leave a comment here on this topic. I was also hit by this update. A lot of sites deserved to be hit but you have one of those sites that I’d consider true collateral damage. You have a great site! I am enjoying your articles :) . It’s unfortunate that great niche sites like yours (and mine) would be hit. Sure, there are always ways to improve our sites but I think that the punishment meted out here is truly unfair. I am hoping that Google will be able to remedy this situation sooner rather than later.

    Just fyi, I’ve been working to fix some issues on my site that may have triggered the traffic shifts. You may want to see if there’s anything you can work on that can shift the tide. My suggestion is that you present your site on the Google Webmaster Forums here: and mention your situation. Or you can create a new thread and see if someone will review your site and give their opinions.

    Anyone here who was hit can do that. But I will warn you that there will be critical eyes here so you’d have to be ready for it. You may want to use an url shortener to hide your true url when you do it.
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  21. @Silicon Valley Blogger:
    Sorry to hear that, I hope you’re faring better now, traffic is still down for me. Thanks for the link and the info, I’ll take a look at it once I have some time. Hopefully I’ll be able to get things back to normal soon.

  22. IOne of my sites is an animation blog and it was hammered the same way. Sites with nothing but ads are now ranked above me and my traffic has dropped 95% according to Google Analytics but, curiously, not according to hosting service. Google is doing more than we know.

  23. @eyebeat:
    I don’t know how they do things at Google, but it seems a lot of good sites were hit pretty bad by this.

  24. At least your hits are still above the hundred mark, mine has only barely hovered at 20 and only spikes if I put up a post at dannychoo

  25. @Dreaming artemis:
    Yes, that is a good thing, I guess there’s worse that could’ve happened.


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