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Panda/Farmer Global Update: ‘Article, Price Comparison’ Sites Slammed Hard in UK – Google’s Notification to Webmasters on ‘Additional Reconsideration Request’

Since the Google’s Panda went live globally to all English language searches outside the US, we [diTii.com] has been hit very hard again. We have lost all our traffic and income, and now compelled to think otherwise.

New data released by SISTRIX indicates that article sites, price comparison sites, and business directories have taken the biggest falls in Google’s organic search results.

Yahoo’s Associated Content didn’t escape this week’s Panda expansion — Sistrix lists it with an 82% visibility decline. It was one of the harder hit domains in the US, too. Other domains on both lists include Ezinearticles.com, Mahalo.com, Suite101.com, Hubpages.com and others. As SISTRIX notes, price comparison sites were hit particularly hard in the UK, including Microsoft’s Ciao, which’s also at the center of the Google antitrust probe in Europe.

Here’re the top 30 losers from Sistrix’s measurements:

Panda Update: UK hits

Google is now telling webmasters that there’s no reason to submit the reconsideration request — if their penalty isn’t a “manual Google penalty.” That doesn’t mean the site is suffering from an “automated penalty,” but it does mean that submitting a reconsideration request “will play no role in helping the site rank better.”

Pierre Far from Google confirmed this change in the comments saying:

Yes we’re running an experiment to give more feedback to webmasters with additional reconsideration response messages. This message and others are for some cases where we’ll be able to provide details about the outcome of the request, such as whether a manual spam action was revoked, if a site still violates our guidelines, or if Google wasn’t taking manual action against the site.

As you know, Google has both manual and automated penalties and removing an automated penalty requires you to make changes to your site and wait for Google to crawl, index and process the changes.

A manual penalty often does require a manual review or a waiting period.

A WebmasterWorld thread has a copy of one of these new notifications:

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