Google’s New Panda Update Is Less Harsh and Benefits Small Businesses

Published Mar 19, 2014 by Eric Sornoso in News
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Now, when looking at algorithm updates, a lot of people fear their site will fall off the top pages of Google. This was the case in the past as many site owners would use techniques Google and other search engines did not take kindly to. In the past, site owners would routinely buy hundreds of low quality links, post bad content and copy it from other sources. In response, Google knocked these sites out of oblivion and left many site owners wondering what’s next. However, if you are a small business owner, you should realize the last Panda update was not harsh and it actually, in the long run, probably helped you. Here are five reasons why this is the case.

Real content

Above all else, if you are a business owner, you will provide real content. A company will need to make a website with multiple pages from contact us to product description pages. Not only that, many entrepreneurs use a blog as a way to communicate with people from all over the world. On the other hand, people who want to run a spam site or one to make money from advertisements often put up repetitive and uninteresting content written by software programs. For this reason alone, if you are an entrepreneur, you should not worry too much about this as you will already have your own unique and interesting content. To take this further, if you are a small business owner, it is wise to double-check that all content is unique. At the same time, this is a good time for you to read all your Web pages and make sure you took the time to write amazing, unique and interesting content that will convert visitors. Without a doubt, when you do this with care, you will not feel the effects of Panda or any other update. In fact, when updates occur, you will be the first to benefit as your site will fly by all the other ones with spam.


If you run an established and well-liked business, you will, inevitably, enjoy plenty of free website links from others. When you run a business, over time, people will link back to your site when they enjoy your product or service. Other times, if you have been around long enough, you will not even have to worry about your linking campaign. This is true for large companies with a huge following. Sadly, in a bid to rise to the top, some foolish site owners would head to online message boards and other sites looking for answers. When doing so, many end up finding links and buying them from third-party providers. While this worked for a while, it will not work now. Luckily, as mentioned, a serious business owner with a viable and well-liked organization will have no trouble getting links without spending a dime. With this, he or she will rise in the rankings as it is easy to do so when one obtains high quality links over a long period. This is in stark contrast when compared with buying hundreds of links overnight and trying to game the system. With this, you may beat Google and your competition for a few months, but you are one algorithm update away from a huge drop in your organic search rankings.

Other factors


Without a doubt, when looking at your SEO rankings, you will notice some things help more than others. In the past, a lot of people who wanted to make a quick buck would build and design a site and use certain methods to rise to the top. By overusing keywords and getting a lot of links, some site owners landed on page one without effort. As mentioned, times have changed drastically, and a small business owner should embrace, rather than fear, this change. Now, when looking at your site and deciding your rankings, Google will look at a lot more than links and content. Instead, when deciding where to place your site, Google will look at your local and social media metrics. With this, it is hard for you to fake it and rise to the top. This is great news if you are a hardworking business owner who wants to make money and convert your website visitors into users. On the other hand, if you are trying to make fast cash with a website full of spam, you will have trouble. Simply put, now more than ever, Google looks at other metrics that favor an established business owner with a large following.

Slow and steady

By now, if you understand SEO and the recent and past updates, you should know that slow and steady will always win the race. For this reason, if you are a small business owner, you should concentrate on running your business and providing quality service to your existing clients. With this in mind, when it comes to your online marketing and SEO strategy, you should take it easy and make changes slowly. Google will notice when a website suddenly has dozens of links or a bunch of new content. When noticing this, Google will punish the site as it is unnatural for a person to get hundreds of links or followers on Facebook overnight. In fact, this will, realistically, only punish a person who wants to game the system. Remember, if you have a slow approach and take time to ramp up your online marketing and website strategies, you will not have to fear the wrath of panda.


When looking at a site full of spam that somehow reached the top page, you will usually notice the site is not old. On the other hand, when you notice a site sitting on the top page for a long time, you will see that it is established. Think about it, if you own a site for a long time and offer value, you should not worry about recent and future updates. Instead, if you keep doing your work, you will succeed. For this reason alone, if you have an older domain and an established website, you should not fear any future updates. Instead, a site owner with an established business should continue his or her ways. On the other hand, a person who wants to game the system with a brand new site will face an uphill battle and is unlikely to win in the long-term.

A small business owner with a serious and well-thought-out plan should not fear the wrath of Google. No, instead, if you run a great site offering value to your visitors, you will have no problems. This is the case for many people who noticed their sites unaffected by recent updates. In fact, when the next algorithm updates happen, you will, provided you write quality content and have great links from relevant sources, pass up the other sites full of spam. For this reason, if you run a company and fear the next update, you should take a proactive approach as you will end up in a better position in the long run. Remember, algorithm updates are not out to punish honest companies that provide a great product. They are out to get people who try to game the system with spam.

Written by Eric Sornoso

Eric Sornoso

Eric Sornoso is an avid learner and online marketing consulting. He runs Infographic Seeding and Fish Free Media, and is an author for several major SEO publications, including

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