Google announced early this morning that it is rolling out out the Panda update in different languages around the world.
“Our scientific evaluation data show that this change improves our search quality across the board and the response to Panda from users has been very positive,” Google Fellow Amit Singhal said on the Google Webmaster Central Blog.
He linked “scientific evaluation data” to the 15:40 mark of the following video, in which he discusses this:
“For most languages, this change impacts typically 6-9% of queries to a degree that a user might notice,” says Singhal. “This is distinctly lower than the initial launch of Panda, which affected almost 12% of English queries to a noticeable amount. We are launching this change for all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, where we continue to test improvements.”
The news comes just after Google said that there was no new Panda update a couple days ago, having told Search Engine Land:
“No Panda update is currently occurring… those other sites may just be now seeing changes from the previous Panda update a couple weeks ago, but other than that, there’s no update or anything out of the ordinary happening here.”
This was in reference to some webmasters reporting recoveries on WebmasterWorld, as discussed here.
Here’s a list of Google’s Webmaster Tools Help Forums by language.