is an indie music site that started back in 2005.  The site has been a great resource for many unsigned artists to gain exposure over the years.

Unfortunately, it was hit by Google’s Panda Update, drastically reducing its organic search traffic for many months.

Panda was released by Google on February 23rd, 2011 in an effort to reduce the amount of “thin content” sites ranking in the search results.  Since that time, they have released numerous updates.  So, even if you escaped the wrath of Panda when it was first introduced, you can still get nailed by a later iteration.

Panda hit twice, once with Panda 3.5 (update #13) on April 19, 2012 and again with Panda Update #21 on November 5th 2012.Google Panda Recovery

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Have you witnessed a dip in organic traffic to your site?  It’s possible that you are being penalized for violating Google Webmaster Guidelines.

It’s important to keep in mind, Google doesn’t care whether you hired a sketchy SEO firm or tried to game Google yourself -– if your site is hit with a penalty, you’re the one that must deal with it.

Now, truth be told, there are many reasons why a decrease in organic search traffic can occur.  Before you go straight to penalization first consider these common causes of traffic loss…Is Your Website Penalized

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Today, Google announced a new feature for Google Webmaster Tools.  You can now go in and check to see if there has been manual action taken against your website for overly aggressive use of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  If you or anyone on your team has been involved in attempting to artificially boost your rankings in Google by using methods that violate Google’s webmaster guidelines, then manual penalties can be, and might have already been, placed on your website.

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