Fear not. Google's Panda release makes SEO less of a "game" to play and more of a true reflection of if your site is informative, easy to navigate, and all-around a good site that viewers want to visit and return for more.
One of the biggest things that Google has transformed over the last several years is the degradation of using keywords to determine a site's ranking. Yep, you heard me right - keywords. If you've been online for any length of time, you probably had it drilled into you that you needed to pick keywords and focus lots of attention choosing and analyzing the right keywords for your site. Well, take that mindset and flush it! A couple of years back, Google stopped using keywords in its algorithm and today they have little to no value in ranking your site. What's more important is what is in the title meta tag in the code of your site and to a lesser degree, the description tag.
And that's just the beginning. I'm going to save you hearing this twice and just direct you to this excellent video by Rand Fishkin, CEO & Co-Founder of the web's most popular SEO Software provider; SEOmoz. It's a very good explanation of the basic concepts that Panda employs and not too much techy-speak. Don't get overwhelmed by the little technical things he discusses, just listen to the big picture.
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Article written by Kelly Garrett: President & Chief Designer of Ekcetera, wife, mother, entrepreneur, web developer, techie, and everyday woman.