It all started out with a simple algorithm change by none other than the search engine giant, Google, in order to dismiss scrapper, or low-quality sites, as we love to call them. The update, first rolled out in February 2011, and intended to change around 11% of the search queries worldwide was seen as a ground-shaker for many webmasters. Creating an un-employment rate of around 3% all over the world, Google’s algorithm changes known as Panda and now Penguin updates kept making their way gradually across Google’s native search engine, profiting some, and destroying many. The aim with which these updates were rolled out was clear, to give credit to those who make use of white-hat SEO practices, and focus more on producing high-quality content throughout their websites.
Unfortunately, the penalty imposed by Google’s Panda Updates was nearly un-recoverable for many as the updates kept flowing out from time to time. One thing was clear by now, somebody’s loss was somebody’s gain. We had reached an era where millions of websites were competing for similar content. Google did really need a way out to judge who deserves the best, and thus the updates were improved, some became stronger, some were even faulty ones and Google had to roll them back.
The irregular schedule followed by Google’s Panda Updates in 2011 had become a more of organised phenomenon, where Google is now introducing the updates time to time. The recent one is Google Panda Update 3.9 rolled out on July 24 ‘2011 at around 7PM EDT and is said to have altered about 1% of the search queries in US and in other parts of the world.
While Google’s Panda Updates are often mistaken to be keyword oriented, we need to understand that Google’s search engine does not understand English. It is not advanced enough to judge on its own what you have published on your website or blog. Neither is Google smart enough to decide who has copied whom when it comes to scrapper sites. It simply gathers hints, which act as votes, in the form of back-links and proper SEO and then decide the reputation of a website. If you are constantly producing high-quality content, it is common that your content will be back-linked by reputed websites which acts are confirmation votes in the eyes of Google against your website or blog.
The reign of Google’s Panda and similar updates continues, and will probably go on for some time. Here is a record of Google’s Panda Updates in the last one and a half years:
Google Panda Updates [Timeline]:
Google Panda 1.0 -February 24 ’2011
Google Panda 2.0- April 11 ’2011
Google Panda 2.1- May 9 ’2011
Google Panda 2.2- June 18 ’2011
Google Panda 2.3- July 22 ’2011
Google Panda 2.4- Somewhere in August ’2011
Google Panda 2.5- September 28 ’2011
Google Panda 2.5.1- October 9 ’2011
Google Panda 2.5.2- October 13 ’2011
Google Panda 2.5.3-October 19/20 ’2011
Google Panda 3.1- November 18 ’2011
Google Panda 3.2-January 15 ’2012
Google Panda 3.3-February 26 ’2012
Google Panda 3.4- March 23 ’2012
Google Panda 3.5-April 19 ’2012
Google Panda 3.6-April 26 ’2012
Google Panda 3.7-June 9 ’2012
Google Panda 3.8-June 25 ’2012
Google Panda 3.9- July 24 ‘2012
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