Why You Should Offer Partial Feeds After Google Panda Update

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So far we have covered some interesting facts and tutorials related to Google Panda.

If you have missed out on any of them, I suggest you check out:

All those who were affected by the Google Panda algorithm also know how tough it was to get out of it.

As I discussed with many bloggers who had lost more than 50% of search engine traffic, and obviously a big decrease in their monthly income, they had nowhere to go. The biggest problem is that despite all of the measures taken to recover, all new posts still won’t rank well because the domain has been penalized by the Panda update.

This is because Panda works on the domain side and not on the individual post side. So if your traffic is dropping, it’s high time that you work on your blog’s missing SEO points and recover from Google Panda ASAP.

Getting back to the point…

I have noticed that many auto-feed blogs are ranking better in search engines. Regardless of whether it’s a new auto-blog or an old one, it will still outrank your current blog ranking.

Here is an example from my latest post. I searched for some text from my post in Google and found that another blog which had copied the post is ranking higher than me:

The Google algo is too dumb to understand and analyze that it’s copied content. This is the screenshot of the post which has copied my original post and is ranking higher than my (original) post.

Interestingly, this blog is showing only partial content…

Anyway, I have reported that blog to Google to remove them from Search. But in the last 3 weeks, one thing which I have realized is that it’s important to offer a partial feed rather than a complete feed.

From a reader’s point of view, it might be little annoying, but there is no better solution. As such, auto-blogs will be publishing these partial posts and within some time, Google will mark them as content farms with low-quality content.

Along with your DMCA report to Google, this will help to bring down the ranking of that blog.

I just tried with one blog which copied all of my articles from CallingAllGeeks. I reported almost 100 pages to Google along with a few new posts that I’d changed the feed settings on to partial feeds.

Now that blog is completely out of Google Search. Though it was a long and lengthy process, the good thing is that CallingAllGeeks has started recovering all of its lost traffic after the 9th April Google Panda update.

How to configure partial feeds in WordPress:

In WordPress, you can easily convert your complete feed into a partial feed with one click.

Go to your WordPress dashboard.

Go to Settings > Reading and follow the screenshot.

Click on “Save”.

From now on, all new posts will be sending partial content, and users will have to click on “Read More” to see the complete posts. One advantage of this feature is your readers will actually come to your blog instead of reading posts in their feed reader.

Also, there may be more ad impressions, more page views, and more comments on your page.

How to configure partial feeds in BlogSpot?

Log in to your BlogSpot dashboard and go to Settings > Site Feed.

From here you can configure how you want your feeds to be displayed.

So far, I can see some advantages of using partial feeds over complete feeds especially since Google hasn’t tweaked its algo to make sure content copier doesn’t get a higher ranking.

Do let us know if you offer a complete feed or a partial feed. Also, let us know if you have noticed anything interesting after the Panda algo went live. Share your thoughts in the comments!

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

18 thoughts on “Why You Should Offer Partial Feeds After Google Panda Update”

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

  3. 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

    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

    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

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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” 🙂

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      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

    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.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      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. 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?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      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.

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