Google Panda Update: Google Confirms New One

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Google Panda Update: Google Confirms New One
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Google has confirmed to WebProNews that an iteration of the controversial Panda update was launched this week. When asked directly if this occurred, a Google spokesperson told us, “yes,” then offered the following canned statement:

“We’re continuing to iterate on our Panda algorithm as part of our commitment to returning high-quality sites to Google users. This most recent update is one of the roughly 500 changes we make to our ranking algorithms each year.”

While Google did not say a specific day, one webmaster reported that her site was hit on Wednesday, September 28th. That was Dani Horowtiz, who runs Daniweb, a Panda victim we’ve discussed several times before, as the site had managed a 110% Panda recovery before getting hit this week.

Search Engine Land is reporting that while Google “declined to share any specifics” about what kinds of pages were being targeted, unnamed sources said the update rolled out on Tuesday. The blog is calling this version 2.3.

Some webmasters thought maybe a Panda update had rolled out earlier this month. Search Engine Land editor Barry Schwartz asked if Panda 2.5 had hit (personally, I’m not bothering much trying to keep track of the numbers). The answer turned out to be no, as Google told him there was no update taking place. According to Search Engine Land now, this latest update is actually the first true Panda update in about 10 weeks.

Since then, Google announced that it is testing algorithmic changes for scraper sites (blog scrapers in particular). The company also released a video giving an inside look at how Google handles search algorithm tweaks:

We’re only at the end of September, so go ahead and expect plenty more algo changes before the New Year. Hopefully Panda won’t screw over too many e-commerce sites for the holidays. Google has been pretty good about taking it easy around the holidays since the infamous Florida update, though.

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  • http://lynnrdavis.com Lynn Davis

    Hmmm I thought I noticed an increase in traffic on a couple of sites. That’s what sent me searching to find out if there had been another Panda Update. At least this latest update,will end September on a more positive note.

    • http://www.paydayadvanceloan.co don

      Is there anything documenting what the major changes were or are interpreted to be from this update?

  • http://www.hackingvideos.net/ Rohit Batra

    Every-time Google rolls out new version of Panda I see a downfall in traffic as well as rankings.. Again have to start working to get back the position in SERPS

  • Sunny

    The monoply of Google as a search engine is hurting the democratic nature of the World Wide Web. Its constant tweaking of its searches makes ‘search’ a joke for information on the web. For a few months the Google honcho’s considers certain content of some websites as ‘high-quality sites to Google users’ and within a few weeks the same websites are dumped for some others and this continues and traffic on these sites keep going up and down like roller coaster. This year alone there have been 7 major updates –

    Panda Update 1.0: Feb. 24, 2011
    Panda Update 2.0: April 11, 2011 (about 7 week gap)
    Panda Update 2.1: May 10, 2011 (about 4 week gap)
    Panda Update 2.2: June 16, 2011 (about 5 week gap)
    Panda Update 2.3: July 23, 2011 (about 5 week gap)
    Panda Update 2.4: August 12, 2011 (about 3 week gap)
    Panda Update 2.5: September 28, 2011 (about 7 week gap)

    how can the so called ‘quality content change’ so rapidly.
    This Google immaturity is a huge opportunity for search engines like Yahoo or Bing or some others to take advantage of this constant Google experimentation with searches to provide the World Wide Web with a more stable and matured search platform.

    • http://www.PlaceToEatOkay.com Steven

      All this is going to do is force users to use other SERPs for searching and publishers to seek other sources like social networking for their traffic. The proof is in the pudding and Bing and Yahoo are gaining market share while Google is loosing it.

  • http://statsvalue.com Attila

    This is just awesome.Looks like google will add an extra 1% to unemployment:(
    They are already killed the affiliate sites.What’s next???

  • http://www.comptricks.com anupal

    this is do bad … before my traffic was really good before 2-3 days after that a deep fall, it has taken my 70-80% of traffic. i don’t even wanna see my analytic its now pathetic, what to do any suggestions ?

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  • http://pk.eonad.com/ Pakistan Free Classifieds

    Not sure about decline/fall in traffic havent noticed any fluctuation in the past couple of days, traffic seems smooth from organic sources specially google.

  • http://www.songsblastss.com/ umar

    hmmmm share good information and i like google panda update ……….

  • http://grdistributions.com GR Distributions.com

    We believe that our website was a victim of the new Google Panda in some sorts since we literally received no traffic from Google up until late yesterday.

    We usually receive the majority of our traffic from Google so we found it a bit strange. However things have come back to normal but thanks to this article you guys/gals have put the spot on this matter.

    Good Job!!!

  • http://www.lizmoneyweb.com Lizzie

    I wonder how it will affect seo campaigns.

  • http://www.performancedrivenmarketing.com Victor Hubbard

    I have noticed that a lot of my clients google listings are taking a beating from this recent update.

  • http://www.buyplusonee.com/ Steven

    This google update has really helped clean up alot of the spam and mess out there on the Internet.

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