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.