If you haven’t been receiving any newsletter from us lately, not to worry at all because we have not given up on this blog yet. Although we rarely publish any new posts lately, it doesn’t mean that nothing has been going on. I guess we do owe you an explanation on what we have been doing and what we will continue doing in future.
First of all is the Google Panda. It is an automated algorithm that Google has put in place to detect low quality websites and stop ranking these websites as high as they used to be. When a website gets hit by Panda, normally at least 70% of traffic will be taken away. Unfortunately raymond.cc is one of the website that got hit by the Google Panda algorithm when it first rolled out in April 2011.
Back then I was busy taking care of my new born and didn’t really have the time nor energy to even look into it. As far as I know, Martin from Ghacks confirmed they were hit twice and recovered pretty quickly, while others such as AskVG, FreewareGenius, MyDigitalLife and many more that doesn’t seem to recover from Google Panda.
After spending a lot time on research and money on site audits & consultations from multiple professional sources, it is still unclear what is the main cause that raymond.cc got hit by Panda algorithm. We did nearly everything that was suggested to us but still no sign of recovery. Finally we generated a list of all the published articles and started reading back what I’ve posted. They obviously did not have any quality in them as it was either very short, copied or posting for the sake of publishing something new on the website without even testing.
For the past few months, me and HAL9000 has been working really hard in rewriting to improve the old articles and even permanently deleting those that aren’t useful/working today. If you think you can help in improving our articles by researching and rewriting, please contact me and we’ll discuss further. You can read the posts that we’ve recently updated from the top right sidebar where it says “Recently Updated” or you can simply go back to the first page to read all the updated posts.
We felt that there is no point in trying to post something new everyday until Google Panda has been lifted because no matter how good the quality of the new post is, it will never rank well. One good example was yesterday I discovered a post that was uniquely written and published 4 years ago but ranked lower than someone who copied the post entirely and only published it 4 months ago.
Other than just rewriting to improve the old articles, we have also rolled out two major updates this month which is the new design and X-Ray 2.0. This new design is responsive, meaning it will automatically scale to display nicely in desktop, tablets and mobile. Other than that, this theme was originally very heavy in graphics but we’ve managed to make it really fast! It starts to render in less than a second and completes loading in just 2 seconds.
Other than that, we’ve also implemented all the optimization rules to achieve an A score for both YSlow and Page Speed.
We received reports on the annoying social voting bar that used to float at the left side and we’ve improved this by floating on top of the posts. We didn’t want to waste your bandwidth by automatically loading the buttons so we lazy loaded it. Lazy loading means it will only start loading when you hover your mouse cursor over it.
We really hope that you will like this new design and speed compared to the previous one which did looked a bit outdated.
After a long delay, we’ve finally released X-Ray 2.0 that works with the current VirusTotal API 2.0 plus some other extra features such as proxy support, integration of automated captcha recognition services, right click Send To option and etc. You can download X-Ray 2.0 from this page.