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(Entry was posted by Andi Gleeson on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Wednesday, February 25, 2015).

I think I got hit with a Panda penalty

Hi there! I just joined, and I hope you don`t mind if I jump right in with a question. I write a Wordpress recipe blog, and one of my weekly features is a dinner menu of seven recipes from my site. I have been doing these for over 100 weeks, and the URLS are all almost identical ending with the slug /easy-weekly-dinner-menu -109/ or whatever the number is for the week. I use Yoast SEO, and many of these posts have been optimized for the same keywords (something along the lines of easy weekly dinner menu). I think I got hit with a Panda penalty back in September, and I`m wondering if this could be a reason why? Maybe Panda sees it as duplicate or thin content? My question is: Should I make those all posts noindex? Thanks so much!

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  • Andi Gleeson: Hi there! I just joined, and I hope you don't mind if I jump right in with a question. I write a Wordpress recipe blog, and one of my weekly features is a dinner menu of seven recipes from my site. I have been doing these for over 100 weeks, and the URLS are all almost identical ending with the slug /easy-weekly-dinner-menu -109/ or whatever the number is for the week. I use Yoast SEO, and many of these posts have been optimized for the same keywords (something along the lines of easy weekly dinner menu). I think I got hit with a Panda penalty back in September, and I'm wondering if this could be a reason why? Maybe Panda sees it as duplicate or thin content? My question is: Should I make those all posts noindex? Thanks so much!
  • Jim Munro: Hi + ;, thank you for your participation here. :)

    If I go to this link from your menu I see no content, is this the intended page?

    
  • Hyderali Shaikh: Hi + ;

    Is this the page you are talking about ; ?

    First, your images are super fantastic. And I'm glad that you are taking advantage of Pinterest. ;

    Second, I don't the URL is identical because after the number 109 you've written the name of the recipe. So, that won't imply identical. I assume that every week you provide with some different kind of recipe to your users.

    Third, No-Indexing is not a solution. If you think it is because of thin content then start writing in-depth about the page or on every particular recipe featuring on that page. I see that you got lots of comments also on the page. ;

    Check in analytics how much visits your are getting for that particular page in ->Behaviour -> All Pages. If you are getting huge number of visits then I don't think you should no-index that page.

    Thanks.
  • Andi Gleeson: Yikes, sorry about that +! The page is fixed now: ; ;

    Thanks, +. The menu #109 is my most recent, and I added seafood-recipes to the URL in an effort to optimize for those keywords. Previous weeks do not have that. They are typically just a variety of recipes without a particular theme. ;

    I do get visits and comments from Pinterest, my email subscribers, and my regular readers. However, my search traffic fell last fall and hasn't recovered. I'm trying to figure out what might be wrong because I do produce quality content. Thanks for any advice you can offer!
  • PromozSEO: + ;I believe you are not posting the same recipes every week right? So if you are not, they why don't you add that specific recipe name on the URL, title, desc, H1, alt, content etc.
    Write long content, at least target 750 words per copy.
    Try to put the unique keywords at the beginning of ;URL, title and H1 of each page.
  • Andi Gleeson: Thanks, +. I don't post the same recipes each week, but the recipes have their own full posts with keywords in the places you mentioned. The weekly menus are just posts with internal links pointing to the recipes. Yikes about 750 words. I thought I was good with 300+! People come to food blogs for photos and recipes, not long articles. ;
  • PromozSEO: See + ;I talked from SEO point of view. Have you tried long recipe articles ever? People will love to read them, I mean why not?
    From Google's point of view you should write min 500 words per copy, anything less than that, Google may count as thin content which can lead to a panda penalty.
    Pictures are perfect for UX, but a slow site can be a bad experience. So optimize each picture you use on your site for SEO and speed.

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