The webmasters from across the USA are engaged in a fiery discussion. The bone of contention- the Panda 2.5, and the recent fluctuations in the websites' traffic. Was the Panda 2.5 rolled back a little or was it tweaked further, this is what is the question being discussed.
Roll back or Tweak?
A report by SearchMetrics says that post 7th October, 10 of the 30 sites that were the hardest hit, saw a huge recovery, up to 80-90%. The visibility of these sites improved, while the others saw little to no improvement. As the blog says, “This data shows a large-scale recovery. 10 out of 30 even surpassing their pre-panda 2.5 reach! The largest winners in this rollback are nowpublic.com (+122%), killerstartups (+114%), motortrend (+108%), and thehollywoodgossip.com (+105%)”
According to SearchMetrics, this increased visibility is a result of a roll back.
But the other web experts disagree.Their biggest argument being the Tweet or a sort of weather report by Google's Matt Cutts about a Panda Tweak in the wings on the 5th of October. Now, certain websites have reported a recovery on the 7th of October, after the tweaks in the Panda 2.5 had taken place. More and more webmasters are holding tweaks responsible for the bounce in the rankings and disagree that it may be a roll back.
The Panda 2.5 Story
The fated day was September 28, when the Panda 2.5 was rolled out. It was a major update across the USA and many sites got hit. The winners and losers of of the Panda 2.5 declared themselves. And of the losers, some of them saw a recovery on October 7th. But not all of them were recovered.
The Bottom Line
The Panda 2.5 can be followed by further tweaks but a roll back seems unlikely. If you have not been hit yet, keep your fingers crossed and read this to Panda proof yourself.