Challenging a Panda. An Experiment in … Patience

by Alex on March 18, 2011

They say ‘The Pen is Mightier than the Sword’ . Well I am about to find out if that’s the case, because I’m attempting to ‘Smack Down’ a Panda with nothing but words.

3 Days ago I challenged Article Marketing to a duel. If you did not catch the initial challenge then you should go and read the story so far…

This is an update to let you know how we are tracking, what has been happening, who has been not non challenging (?) me, and what the Panda thinks about all of this.

Why Start the Challenge Now?

Apart from the fact that I want to know if Unique Article Wizard and Article Marketing actually work – the timing of  this is based on the release of the latest algorithm Updates from Google.
The update, affectionately known as the Panda Update had one main purpose: To remove shallow sites, content farms, and sites overloaded with ads.
Basically it was aimed at spun content and well, mass article Marketing. A Perfect time to find out if it’s (still) effective.

Patience is a Virtue.

patience is required when understanding the new Google Algorithm

Patient Bear knows how to wait. I must learn from him...

A Virtue I don’t have. I swear if I hear one more thing about Drills….

So far I have written 3 Articles and submitted them through UAW. The topics have coered Lithium-Ion Batteries and how to store your Cordless Drill.
I am going away this weekend so tonight I have to write 3 more and schedule them. I will cover the topics of Torque, Bpm, and The Best Drill for Masonry.

My excitement levels, as you can imagine – are through the roof, and as we speak I can hardly contain my enthusiasm for the evening ahead of me. Oh the Joy is overwhelming.

‘But Have Patience GrassHopper. Do not go to the Panda, but let the Panda come to you’

And with that completely irrelevant and illogical piece of advise, I move on and visit the Keyword Labs Question Tool to find out what I will be writing about next week…

Algorhythmic Gymnastics

algorithmic Gymnastics. Doing the Google dance

I'm not 100%, but I think this is the Google Dance.

Trying to Keep up with Google’s Algorithm Changes is like trying to put a wetsuit on in a mini, and all we can hope to do is wait until everything calms down, then take stock … and wait for the Blackhat SEOers to figure something new out (just kidding!!)

Unique Article Wizard, which as I mentioned is one of the largest Article Marketing services and also one of the best is so because of one main reason. They manually check each and every article that is submitted to them, and what this means is that the new Algorithm Changes are actually a good thing!

The Panda is basically aimed at low quality content, spammy sites that contain keyword rich, grammatically incoherent drivvle; And since UAW manually approve every article that comes their way, you can be guaranteed that the content you submit through them, and the content you get from them (yes you can install a plugin to receive free quality content) will not be punished by the panda.

What Does Unique Article Wizard Think of the New Algorithm?

I emailed UAW about this challenge and they checked out the post, thought it was awesome – and pointed me to their blog based on some of the comments. Read this Entry on the UAW Blog to see what they have to say about the new Algorithm. The post is titled Lovin’ Google’s New Algorithm so you can get an idea of what they think about it.

I Challenged a Panda. Eeeek, I’m Gonna Need Backup!

I Challenge the Google Algorithm Change to a writing duel

Yes, ALL Pandas look like this in the wild. Wouldn't you if you had to eat %@#* Bamboo all day!?!

When I started this Challenge my intention was to find out if and how much traffic I could get (and how I could move through the rankings at the same time) using nothing but article marketing and the automated assistance of UAW.
But then I was joined in the fight, thank goodness – because a Panda is no push over. Granted they’re the stupidest creatures to ever evolve, but they’re still bigger than me. And if that black eye is anything to go by, they know how to fight…

So with that Robert Dempsey joined the fight, and announced his intentions by Accepting my Non Challenge.  This was going to be an interesting experiment as it was, but Robert joining the party has just made it even more so, mainly because his niche site is monetized and designed completely different*

*Robert also has a bit of SEO history on the site, with some bookmarking and directory links coming in. He does however mention this so we know where we stand.

Righty Ho Robert, You Be ‘Bam’, I’ll be ‘Boo’.  – They’ll never see us coming ;)


Slight Tweaks to my Plan.

I originally said that I was not going to even bother Pinging the URL’s that my submitted articles created but now I have decided to renig on that plan and ping away.
For this I will be using because it is easy, reliable, and it works.

Apart from that I am still resisting the urge to socially bookmark, directory list, or profile backlinks to this site. The sole linkbuilding method will be through Article Marketing, at least for the first 30 days. 27 days.

Next update at Day 7 when I will see if and how much traffic I have, and what my rankings are doing.

Stay Tuned!


{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

Thomas Sinfield March 18, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Patience isn’t one of my strong points either, but looking forward to seeing the results that you get!

Your link to the UAW blog post is returning a 404 error. (you got an extra l at the end).


Patricia@lavender oil March 18, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Hi Alex

I read Robert’s unchallenge post lol Looking forward to both your updates and although it’s a long haul and HARD WORK, good to see you haven’t lost that great sense of Aussie humour ;-) Bam and Boo LOL

Patricia Perth Australia


cyberdv8 March 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

well,”Boo” , while i was reading this Moo was showing me his new “pet” a grasshopper called Joe.
curious to see next weeks update, no now just one question begs… What is the best drill for masonry?


Alex March 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM
cyberdv8 March 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

you’re kung fu is mighty , grasshopper


Alex March 19, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Omg, you did it again! This is contamination my friend :P .

Now that there are two people we should see results that actually represent something (hmm, this sounds bad, actually if you would have done it alone, Alex, it would still have the same value, I swear).

Going to check Mr. Robert Dempsey’s post about your not so challenge challenge ??! (yeah, even my puns are bad :( )


Robert Dempsey March 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Patience is for those that have it, and I don’t have it either. And apparently it’s not coming as I get older either. Well screw it :)

As for pandas – they are cute and cuddly looking but could easily tear your head off. An appropriate name for a Google update no?

I’ll be kicking things off on Monday and start submitting my articles. I’ll be very interested to see what happens next, and your next update.

I’ll ping too so we can be using the same methods. I’ll refrain from all other types of promotion.

Let the panda bashing begin!


Alex March 19, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Lol!! Let’s do this!


Lye Kuek Hin March 19, 2011 at 2:44 AM

Hi Alex,

I have been anticipating the challenge from both of you ever since Robert announced he will be joining in the challenge. Looking forward to the results. I hope both of you will let us know soon as patience is not my strongest point too :) All the best for the challenge.


Alex March 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Thanks Lye!
I’m actually enjoying this, believe it or not ;)

Definitely will keep everyone updated.


Robert Dempsey March 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

The phrase “glutton for punishment” comes to mind.


William Tha Great March 19, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Hey Alex,

Looks like you have a tough road ahead of you. I know you will find positive results if you continue working at your challenge. Article marketing takes patience, but I bet it will help your rankings!

Good luck!

God bless,
William Veasley


Alex March 19, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Bloody well better!
30 articles later, if I don’t then I can just sell them as PLR! lol, Murray you listening?


Murray Lunn March 19, 2011 at 7:30 AM


Rockin’ on man and really awesome to see Robert join up with ya.

AM has taken a small hit but what makes it so awesome is that the people that push out shit content will no longer put it into effect which leaves an open road for those that are willing to put in the time and resources to use it effectively through quality content.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what the results may be since I’ve been doing a bit more article marketing on my own.

I wonder what would happen if someone did nothing but guest posting as well to show the comparison overall. Oooh, hell, my PLR site is just up and running – I don’t have many backlinks besides from Murlu and WF so this could be a very interesting expirement to join in on :D


Alex March 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Funny thing is that when I first thought of this, you are the first person I thought of. You really are the king of producing quality article content, and yeah mate, if there is a way to use this to help PLRArticlesNow launch then bring it!
On that note, want to buy 30 unique articles on DIY/Home Improvent? LMAO


Rose March 19, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Hi – Have decided to participate in your challenge too, except I’m going to use Article Ranks instead of UAW.

Have set up the site, and will add more content over the weekend and start the article marketing on Monday


Alex March 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM

That’s Awesome Rose!!
Seriously, really glad you are:
1:) taking the challenge alongside and
2:) using a different tool.
Really looking forward to your results too. Be sure to update us and also share your URL (if you dare!)

Great stuff Rose, not heard of Article Rank either so looking fwd to your post and experiment!


Robert Dempsey March 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Hi Rose that’s awesome. What’s the overall niche for the site? Alex’s is obvious (and boring :P ) and mine is in self-improvement.

Also what style of site is it? I’m asking because mine is 100% different than Alex’s, and the more types we have in the mix the more spread our data will be.

This is going to be super awesome!


Alex March 19, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Boring? Boring?!? BORING!

I’ll have you know that cordless drills are riveting. Well they can perform that function anyway…


Rose March 24, 2011 at 3:39 AM

It’s a site on coffee machines with affiliate links selling the machines – plus I am attempting to rank a blogspot for it! I figure if I can rank a blogspot, I should be able to rank anything!


Alex March 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Awesome, well don’t let it keep you up all night ;)

Looking at your comment luv link now, coming over to comment and check it out :)


Daniel Roach March 19, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Dude, you must have more patience than I do. This is the part of making niche site I always hated, having to crank out content that you just didn’t give a crap about anymore — particularly 10-20 articles down the line when you’re really tired of repeating yourself. But I’m glad you’re doing this challenge because I’m totally curious. Personally I think Google’s algorythm change won’t make a hell of a lot of difference with way you’re doing this challenge, but I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.


Alex March 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Well I hope you are right then!
Totally agree though, I’m 5 articles down now and already over it
Thanks for the support and comment, now off to write the next 5….
Aaaaaaargh! LOL


Jeffrey Morgan March 19, 2011 at 11:46 AM

You’re already the 14, 838th most popular site in the United States …….. right behind John Chow! How much better in the ranks do you need to be ?
Alex ……….. are you trying to take over the Blogosphere? What next the world?

“The Blogosphere is not enough” :)


Alex March 19, 2011 at 3:50 PM

No, just Google ;)
Oh wait, they ARE the world

Thanks Jeffrey, esp. Because you were there when it all began


TheInfoPreneur March 19, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Have a great weekend…Hey, your one post on BPM…is that BuRP’s Per Minute? is that a new marketing ploy you are invoking upon us? hah!

Hey…if you want some good, cheap articles you don’t have to write…you should check out my buddy Vita Vee’s Unique Spinnable Articles. They rock.
Combining those with some Senuking power…well…that should be illegal.



Alex March 19, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Haha! I like it.
Thanks for the tip, definitely something I’ll look into!


mark March 19, 2011 at 1:53 PM

You have no patience and you don’t like Chinese animals. Rude.

Jeez Whalley, how could you have anything against Pandas?

By the way, some of the “keyword rich, grammatically incoherent drivvle” found on the Internet is my favorite. For a while I thought that most bloggers were in third grade. You would not believe how relieved I was when I learned how this stuff is generated. I kept having visions of everything covered in crayon after they took over.

Anyway, what was this post about again…?

Oh yeah. I still think this is a crazy good idea. Keeping it simple so that you can really see the effect is great. Its a good sign that the UAW people like your idea. But, the results will be our guide this time.

Torque, Bpm, and The Best Drill for Masonry. Alex, you really are a lucky guy.

Good luck staying awake. ;)

Have a good weekend!


Alex March 19, 2011 at 4:07 PM

LMAO!… zzzzzzz
You do know how to entertain!
I think that even though the content is generated, many bloggers would still take over with crayon (I know you and I would)
Thanks for the laugh, now back to my cordless drill reality!


mark March 20, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Ha! Well, you got me there.

A nice “Atomic Tangerine” should do the trick.

Have a good weekend!


Steve@Internet Lifestyle March 20, 2011 at 1:51 AM

Patience! What a great virtue. I feel ya! I lack a little myself. The pinging is a PITA (Pain-in-the ass) but likely a good idea as it will help those links rank faster (and perhaps help them get seen at all) I bought “Bookmarking Demon” a while back, I haven’t really used it for bookmarking in the past 6 months much but the “ping” function works like a champ. Nice and easy to use. Simply drop URLs into it and set it to go wild (or whatever control you want) in the background.


Ingrid Abboud March 20, 2011 at 2:09 AM

It’s so strange how I find myself in your sense of humor and sarcasm. Your description of your enthusiasm and excitement to write those next 3 riveting articles are so similar to mine – I simply can’t wait to read them. Bpm is just about one of my favorite things to discuss and don’t even get me started on my torque talk! Muwahahaha

“But Have Patience GrassHopper. Do not go to the Panda, but let the Panda come to you” – I read that phrase and all I could picture was you in the Karate Kid (the original version) position – you know – the famous one – one leg up! haha

I read Robert’s post the day he published it and all I can say is best of luck to both of you’zz Pandaz!

Have a great weekend – wherever you go! I hope it’s a vacation at least :) .
Talk to ya soon

PS – I really need to get a move on with Article Marketing! Jeez…what does it take to convince a gal of a good thing?!!! LOL ;)


Adam Paudyal @ endeavor online March 20, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Great! bam and boo. Can’t wait to hear more on the challenge (O:


DailyAppNews March 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I’m still looking for gap of Google’s new algorithm. Honestly, I still confused with How Google’s new algorithm works. Because, If I noticed, I find many bad search results on Google since it’s new algorithm.
If I search something on Google, I find many sites/blogs with farm content on the first page and on the top.


Nishadha March 21, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Checked the UAW blog as well and this looks a great system to build some quality back links, definitely will follow your results


Lonnie March 22, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Hey Alex – writing the articles can be tedious; curious to know how many new articles vs spun articles you will create for this challenge. How much time do you spend spinning an article?

Good luck destroying pandas!



Alex March 22, 2011 at 11:11 PM

I spend an hour from the moment the paper is blank to the moment I have hit submit through UAW. This includes writing it, and then rewriting it in the system including adding all keywords and tags and html etc.
Im just starting to play with The Best Spinner so we will see how that goes.


Peggy Baron March 22, 2011 at 5:02 AM

Hi Alex,

Whew! I mean shoot! I’m too late to join this challenge plus I’ll be leaving town before the time period is up. But I’ll be rooting for you, Bam.

I’m sorry I haven’t written any PLR in your niche. If I had, I’d send them your way. :D

Good luck and I look forward to hearing your updates and results.


Alex March 22, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Damn! I mean, thanks for the comment Peggy!
It would be interesting considering your knowledge of correctly using PLR.

Maybe next time….


Brendon March 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM


UAW is killing my niche site at the moment, so I think. I have a feeling the site will rebound, and I do have a few other link building campaigns going on for the site in addition to UAW (so it’s hard to say if it’s UAW or not but I suspect that it is).

They didn’t build Rome in…..well… get it.

Patience, grasshopper.




Alex March 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Hahaha patience indeed mate :)

I actually was getting bad results from the submissions and the resulting links but checking my rank stats I am actually quite surprised. This will drop again no doubt, such is the nature of the beast, I mean grasshopper.
Update post coming in next 24 hours


Ana @ How to build list March 26, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Have you ever installed the plugin that allows you to receive UAW free content, Alex?

I’ve tried it once on one of my blogs. Point is can’t say much about their quality check. After a couple of weeks of swimming in crappy posts, I turned the plugin off without ever publishing anything.


Alex March 26, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Yes I have, and boy does that give you some insight into their supposed quality control, as you pointed out. I too deleted the plugin as well as a majority of the articles I had received.
The only reason I continued to use the product was because it delivered results, see how she goes this time. (so far its not too bad)


Ana @ How to build list March 30, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Alex March 31, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Thanks Ana. Whoops ;)


TJ McDowell March 31, 2011 at 3:58 AM

I’m curious to see how this turns out. I did article marketing myself for a while, but then I turned more to blogging myself because I felt like it was a better fit for me and made me work harder to put out quality content.


Alex March 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

I see the two as serving different purposes, although in this case I am actually focusing on producing quality articles as well, as I think that this is crucial to the success (or failure) of this test.
Thanks for stopping by TJ


Benjamin May 13, 2011 at 3:25 PM

It’s really hard to take Unique Article Wizard seriously when their site looks like it was built by a six year old, and they can’t even figure out how to make their credit card page secure…..


Alex May 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM


Man everytime i log in I think to myself ‘How crap does all this look’

I am going to quote you to the owners of UAW (I talk to them a fair bit) as I think they would appreciate the somewhat harsh but equally constructive critique.
THanks man – seriously.
I don’t know why I never thought to bring it up with them before.


Benjamin May 14, 2011 at 8:22 AM

It’s an honest observation. I know the “long copy” format of their marketing is supposed to work, but man, it looks very amateur. And when you’re going to spend $70+ a month with somebody, don’t you want their site to look like they have their act together?

And in Chrome at least, there’s a giant red THIS IS NOT SECURE icon for the first page of their signup process. SSLs are like $30. Not reassuring.


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