Why Partial Feed Option is Essential After Panda Update [ Example]

We all know that Google panda comes as a nightmare for many bloggers and many of them has seen big traffic drop. Even my blog got penalized by Google panda and I tried to understand the reasons behind it. Some of them which was easy to realize:

  • My old posts which I started in beginning of my career were too small and can’t be considered as quality one.
  • Slow blog loading time: This is one signal that Google is focusing a lot. A worked to tweak my blog speed and still working on it.
  • Lots of Advertisements: If your blog have lots of advertisements, you might be giving wrong signal to Google about the quality of your site. Try to keep low no. of ads above the fold.
  • Indexing useless pages: Though I was not facing problem with this issue but this is for others who are keeping their tags and categories pages as noindex. You should consider keeping your tags, categories and useless pages like Privacy policy and so on as noindex. This will ensure that you contribute only quality articles to Google search.
I have done lots of things after Google panda rolled out and this also included deleting some low quality posts form my blog and removing from Google index. Now here is one major problem which contributed to my traffic drop. I have two blogs (ShoutMeLoud and CallingAllGeeks) which is being copied by many automated blogs and I can see all the posts from my blog on their blog. When first time I realized it, there are almost 5000+ pages who have copied content from my blog. This is huge and no wonder Google started treating my pages as duplicate post and some copied paste blogs have started outranking the original content. Though this is also a huge flow in Google algo, as they are suppose to find such automated blogs and remove them from Index. Anyways, bots can never be as smart as human. I already shared Blog copying article after panda ranking higher.
Anyways, So I started filing lots of DMCA complaint using http://google.com.dmca.html and in last 4 months I have removed over thousands of such copied posts from Google index. I saw a great traffic improvement over the time but the problem remains the same. All new posts were getting copied by other blogs and it become a part of my daily routine to file DMCA complaint.

Full feed over Partial feed:

Now here is one interesting find, which I realized after noticing a new blog copying my article. After Panda, I changed my complete feeds into partial feeds and last month I again reverted back complete feeds. This is to ensure that readers will get access to all the content but again duplicate content issue came into the picture. Google started indexing pages again from all blogs copying my posts and then I had no choice but to revert back to partial feeds.
Here is an interesting find which I realized while observing a new blog who started copying posts from my blog. It has copied over hundred posts but Google has indexed only 18 such posts from this copy-paste blog. A quick observation, made it clear that Google has indexed copied posts from this blog (Most of them) with complete content and not partial content. (Remember I changed to complete feed from partial feed).
Also another observation is such blogs actually uses free platform like BlogSpot, posterous, WordPress.com to get a backlink. They republish their post on such free platform with 1-2 line of content and add a backlink to their blog, this helps them get indexed fast and also their ranking improves. This also given me another reasons to believe, social bookmarking is an essential for every blogger.

Copying-blog Now this is obvious that Google algo needs little tweak to ensure that they will treat original content as original. More over, Google algo should be smart enough to understand when a blog copy posts along with back link to original content, it’s not tough to understand which is original one. I use RSS footer plugin to add a backlink to original post and also to my blog homepage. So if you are also Facing issues like me due to other blogs copying your blog post, I would suggest you to change your feeds to partial feeds. This might not be great reader experience for your readers, but I believe it’s a good idea as this will help you to gain back your lost ranking. Now only this, you should try finding copied posts and use Google DMCA form to report it to Google. (How to request for URL removal from Google). Anyways, if you still facing issues with Google panda and traffic drop, I would suggest you to read following articles:

Do let us know what measures are you taking to fight against such copy-paste bloggers. Are you filing DMCA notice by sending Email to host, or you using Google DMCA or you simply ignoring them.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 8 )

  1. Columba Lisa Smith says

    I have disabled right-click on my blogs. I’m not savvy enough yet to understand the Panda and partial RSS feeds issues. Working on it. Thanks for this helpful article!

  2. Shubham says

    Nice i needed it as my previous blog was being copied by a guy, now i have a premium account got the posts removed :)

  3. Jasmine says

    Great tips, Harsh. Now, I know how to file Google DMCA complaints if somebody copy my precious content!

  4. Santosh Mishra says

    It’s really hard to stop the Panda, but things will take sometime, I guess. Wait for the right moment to get Panda updated.

  5. Kurt says

    Do you have a fry pan we can use to hit that Google Panda idiot?

    Honestly I find it odd that it is so hard for Google to find who is the original content provider and who is stealing content. Even my blog with over 2000 original articles is facing the bad mood of the dear so-call Panda update. While the older articles seems to rank better, my new articles are still having their serp hijacked by scrappers. I see some scrapper site who are only publishing teasers ranking just above my original post. Even I use the rss footer plugin, and its kinda odd to see these.

    Well, hoping Big G’s Panda wakes up and set things right. This update was supposed to set things right and kill off scrappers but it seems instead of killing the scrappers, Panda update is feeding them with .. well.. Weetabix!

  6. eTips says

    I really feel bad by reading all this. As the person who has worked hard to create the contents is fighting so hard with these copy paste sites. Is there any way to request Google to ban such a domain from the search result instead of requesting one content at each time? I think such a huge number of copied contents is strong evidence for Google to Black list the domain.

  7. Dinesh Verma says

    Great tip, thanks for the help. Suggest me some articles for optimizing my blog for search engines.