Barry Schwartz from SEO Roundtable conducted a poll a couple of weeks ago in which he asked of those who have been hit hard by the Panda update, how many have recovered? His results are in and I would like to share them here with you.
From a sample of 500 users, his breakdown of the results was as follows:
• 85% say they have seen zero improvement
• 8% say they have only had a partial recovery
• 4% state they have had a total recovery
As I mentioned in a blog post last week, it may still be too early to see the full effects of the Panda updates, or to have recovered from them. I agree that it seems odd that so many people are saying they have had any significant gains since Panda. It may be that a wider sample group is necessary to gain more accurate results, but these preliminary results are rather shocking.
Recent scuttlebutt on the Webmaster World forum is showing some indications of another possible Panda update. It may be a premature conclusion but with most of the world still shell-shocked from the previous updates, you can’t really blame people for jumping to conclusions.