Why You Should Offer Partial Feeds after Google Panda Update

So far we have covered some interesting facts and tutorials on Google panda effect. If you have missed out our last couple of updates on Google panda, I suggest you to check out:

All those who are affected by Google Panda algo knows how tough it is to get out of it. As I discussed with many bloggers who have lost more than 50% of search engine traffic and obviously a big decrease in their monthly income, they have no where to go. Though the biggest problem is despite of all the measures, all new posts are not ranking well for the domain which is affected by Panda algo. We also know that Panda algo works domain side and not individual post side. So no matter what, if your traffic is dropping down, it’s high time that you should work on your blog missing SEO points and recover from Google panda ASAP.

Anyways, getting back to the point, I have noticed that most of auto feed blogs are ranking better in search engine and no matter if it’s a new auto blog or old one, it will outrank your current blog ranking. Here is an example from my latest post. I search for a text from post in Google and found that other blog which has copied post is ranking higher.


The interesting fact is the copied blog is showing only partial content  and Google algo is so dumb to understand and analyze that it’s a copied content. This is the screenshot of the post which has copied my original post and is ranking before my post.


Anyways, for now I have reported that blog to Google to remove from search engine. But  in last 3 weeks, One thing which I have realized that it’s important to offer partial feed than complete feed.

From a reader point of view, it might be little annoying but there is no better solution. As such auto blogs will be publishing partial post and within some time, Google will mark them as content farm with low quality content. Along with your DMCA report to Google, which will help to bring down the ranking of blog.

I just tried with one blog which has copied all article from CallingAllGeeks, I reported almost 100 pages to Google along with few new posts I changed the feed settings to partial feeds. Now that blog is completely out of search engine.. Though it was a long and lengthy process, but the good thing is CallingAllGeeks has started recovering all lost traffic after 9th April Google panda update.

How to configure partial feeds in WordPress:

In WordPress you can easily convert your complete feed into Partial feed with one click. Go to your WordPress dashboard , Under settings click on reading and follow the screenshot.

partial-feeds-settings Click on save and for all new posts, you will be sending partial content and user have to click on read more to see complete posts. One advantage of this feature is, your readers will actually come to your blog instead of reading posts in feed reader. Also more ad impression, page views and may be more comments for you.

How to configure Partial feeds into BlogSpot?

Login to your BlogSpot dashboard and Go to settings and site feed and from here you can configure how do you want your feeds to be displayed.


So far, I can see some advantage of using Partial feeds over complete feed and till the time Google doesn’t tweak it’s algo to make sure content copier doesn’t get better ranking, I would suggest you to select the partial feed option.

Do let us know if you offer complete feed or partial feeds? Also let us know if you have noticed any interesting after Panda algo went live for every one?

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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 ( 18 )

  1. says

    Thank you Harsh for this.
    I am really enjoying my stay here in Shoutmeloud am new to blogging and I have learnt many things from here. I wanted to be sure of what I am doing so I analyse everything before I start with it and Shoutmeloud helps me in this in many way.
    It actually makes sense in keeping partial feed as it also makes the reader to visit our blog thus increasing the traffic :)
    Thanks again

  2. WpRack says

    If we show summary for feed on wordpress option’s and then used “none” form Feedburner options, is the feed disabled?

  3. Kurt Avish says

    I like the part where you say Google Algo is so dumb. In fact yes even I am noticing some scrapper idiots getting ranked better while I am writing original posts.

  4. Mani Viswanathan @ DailyBlogging says

    Now this is where a utility like WOT (Web Of Trust) comes into play. A new searcher would definitely click on the original link rather than the duplicate one. So I guess that’s another solution to the problem (it’s a soln from the readers end)

    Don’t you think the RSS readers of SML would be disappointed with this move ? Specially mobile RSS readers.

  5. Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com says

    It’s me again.. after I switched to a partial feed, networkedblogs picked a thumbnail from my outdated theme somehow and post it to my Facebook fan page :(

    Switching again to full feed for now… Google Panda makes it harder to blog and we have to do stupid things because of it *sigh….*

  6. Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com says

    I always use my feed as a full feed for years. I would never have realized it has an impact somewhat :( that sucks. I’m changing mine to partial now, thanks for the recommendation

  7. Jarret says

    Harsh, holy cow! I was skeptical that my blog was going to get outranked by a scraper site. I just tried an exact title search on Google and my post was ranked behind a scraper.

    I’ve followed your other Google Panda advice of using the nofollow tag to remove internal dupe from tags, categories, etc… My Google traffic had rebound to higher than pre Panda levels over the past week and half already.

    I’m going to switch to partial feeds and report the scraper to Google.

    Thanks again.

  8. HackTik says

    Nice observations. However, this got me thinking about what could be other better ways to prevent this so the original author/blog can be benefited more than the copied one.

  9. Imran@ShariffDotOrg says

    Hi Harsh,

    This is an excellent way to hold our places in search engine, However I never offer full text feed option from my blog, and don’t want other to take advantage of our hard work.

    At least I know we can also report to google about the copied content.

    Thanks for Sharing

  10. Mani says

    Harsh i already commented that Autoblog doesn’t live long.it is just temporary and will get outdated in Search Engines after sometimes.”Truth Alone Triumphs” :-)

    • says

      Mani I agree but the thing is there are tons of auto blogs and even one lose ranking other will take their place. So the best way is, make them look like low quality blog from day1. Apart from reporting them to Google, partial feed will help a lot.

  11. Garish Wasil says

    I am also going to change my feeds from full to partial. In one of your earlier post, you suggested to use full feeds instead of partial. But cruel panda have changed us.

    • says

      I agree.. More over I always advocate complete feed as it’s helpful for readers. But seems like Panda left us with no choice apart from saving our own content.

  12. Sathish says

    Harsh, seriously speaking I don’t understand the point here. How come changing our blog feeds to partial ones will help us. I understand that you have tried it for callingallgeeks and it worked, but what was the exact process behind this action?

    • says

      Sathish this way, auto feed blogs will be publishing only partial content and this way, in some time they will be treated as blog with low quality and content farm. This will make them lose their ranking in search engine. After all Panda is all about letting low quality and content farm disappear .. I hope that makes it clear. Do let me know if you have any followup question.