Google was nice enough to let the world know in early December that there would be no Panda updates for the rest of 2011.
Having faced backlash from webmasters over previous pre-holiday algorithm changes, namely the Florida update, Google has been pretty good in recent years not to launch major updates that could impact holiday sales for e-commerce sites relying on Google for traffic.
But the holidays are over, and we’re probably due for a new Panda update soon. Google has said when there will be another one, but a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews that there has not been one in 2012 so far.
Rumors have been going around that there may have been one, but according to Google, that is not the case.
So, if you’re experiencing some trouble with your Google rankings, its likely more due to another recent algorithm change. As you may know, Google makes nearly 500 changes a year - sometimes more than one in a day. Most don’t have as big of an impact as Panda, but there is always the possibility that one will impact your site.
This week, Google revealed 21 previously unannounced changes that were made in December. Take a look at those if you haven’t yet.