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As many of you are probably aware, DaniWeb was hit hard by Google's Panda algorithm update back in February. A news story written by Davey entitled [url=http://www.daniweb.com/internet-marketing/search-engine-optimization/news/350575]Google Farmer Update: what went wrong?[/url] explained that the February 24th Panda algorithm targeted at content farms literally cut DaniWeb's US traffic by half. The global rollout that followed a month later did the same to all of our English-speaking traffic. On March 3rd, I started a forum thread in Google's [url=http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=6546710fb55bd11b&hl=en]Webmaster Central forum[/url] as a plea of desperation. A couple hundred responses explained in detail all of the different things that I've done …

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On the evening of 24th February, Google Principal Engineer Matt Cutts promised that a newly [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/finding-more-high-quality-sites-in.html"]tweaked search algorithm that impacted on 11.8% of search queries[/URL] (an absolutely massive change to the way that search works, in other words) would "reduce rankings for low-quality sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful" while at the same time producing "better rankings for high-quality sites with original content and information". Nobody would argue that these are good things, exactly what most of would want our favorite search engine to do, in …

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