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Google: No Panda Tweak on October 20

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Google: No Panda Tweak on October 20
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Yesterday, we reported that there was some suspicion from webmasters that Google had tweaked the Panda Update yet again on October 20.

Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable, who pointed to some of this discussion in the WebmasterWorld forums dubbed it Panda 2.5.3.

We reached out to Google for confirmation that what these webmasters were experiencing was indeed a tweak to Panda. As you may know, Google makes hundreds of algorithm changes a year, and it’s always possible that various changes can impact your search visibility.

Google finally got back to us, saying that there was no Panda update on October 20 or on October 19.

It would not have been much of a surprise if there had been a Panda tweak on that date, as Google’s head of web spam, Matt Cutts, recently said that we should expect more tweaks over the coming weeks.

I would expect that we will continue to see additional Panda Updates, and possibly even more tweaks to the most recent major version, but it doesn’t look like that’s what it was this time.

It does illustrate the lesson that there are so many different ways your content’s visibility can fluctuate in Google’s search results. Panda has certainly been a controversial example, and it’s fun to talk about because of its name and all, but there are unnamed changes happening constantly, and any one of them could potentially affect your site.

Google: No Panda Tweak on October 20
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  • http://www.laymanwebdesign.com Obdurate

    Well, maybe not but what about the tweak to their maps.

    I’ve got several dozen maps that are messed up because they changed them from poly lines to follow street lines and nothing is being done about it!

    As Bernie Madoff’s daughter in law says – I’m smokin’ pissed!!…..

  • http://www.PlacesToEatOkay.com Steven

    I think Google needs to kill Panda and go back to the drawing board. Seemed the easy temporary fix was simply to let people block what they didn’t like. To be honest it seems like Panda was premature being that Google comes out with their search result blocking tool and then like a week or two later and we have Panda being launched.

  • http://www.modeltrainhobbyist.com/christmas.html Lionel Bachmann | Christmas Trains

    Nothing was changed for us, but it’s good to know officially that nothing happened. Will continue to try and Panda-proof our site by giving Google what they want.

  • Jeno

    On the 20th I have seen several of my keywords jumping back to the exact same position as before Panda 2.5. Example: #25 to #4. Can’t mistake it with some algo update, it was definitely Panda related. It only lasted about an hour and then they were sent back to Panda land.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Only reporting what a Google spokesperson told me directly.