Panda Algorithm Update Confirmed By Google

Google has confirmed that they released a Panda algorithm update on Thursday, September 27th – this would be the 20th Panda update, so SearchEngineLand has dubbed it Panda 20.

Google confirmed that this new update isn’t just a data refresh but an algorithm update. Google told us this “affects about 2.4% of English queries to a degree that a regular user might notice.”

Please note that this is a fairly major Panda update AND it is still rolling out.

Here is an update from Matt Cutts (courtesy of SearchEngineLand)

“Google began rolling out a new update of Panda on Thursday, 9/27. This is actually a Panda algorithm update, not just a data update. A lot of the most-visible differences went live Thursday 9/27, but the full rollout is baking into our index and that process will continue for another 3-4 days or so. This update affects about 2.4% of English queries to a degree that a regular user might notice, with a smaller impact in other languages (0.5% in French and Spanish, for example).”

With 2 big updates, it’s going to be hard to know what hit you.

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For those that are interested: Here is the history of the Panda:

1.            Panda Update 1.0, Feb. 24, 2011 (11.8% of queries; announced; English in US only)

2.            Panda Update 2.0, April 11, 2011 (2% of queries; rolled out in English internationally)

3.            Panda Update 2.1, May 10, 2011 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)

4.            Panda Update 2.2, June 16, 2011 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)

5.            Panda Update 2.3, July 23, 2011 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)

6.            Panda Update 2.4, Aug. 12, 2011 (6-9% of queries in many non-English languages; announced)

7.            Panda Update 2.5, Sept. 28, 2011 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)

8.            Panda Update 3.0, Oct. 19, 2011 (about 2% of queries; belatedly confirmed)

9.            Panda Update 3.1, Nov. 18, 2011: (less than 1% of queries; announced)

10.          Panda Update 3.2, Jan. 18, 2012 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)

11.          Panda Update 3.3, Feb. 27, 2012 (no change given; announced)

12.          Panda Update 3.4, March 23, 2012 (about 1.6% of queries impacted; announced)

13.          Panda Update 3.5, April 19, 2012 (no change given; belatedly revealed)

14.          Panda Update 3.6, April 27, 2012: (no change given; first update within days of another)

15.          Panda Update 3.7, June 9, 2012: (1% of queries; belatedly announced)

16.          Panda Update 3.8, June 25, 2012: (about 1% of queries; announced)

17.          Panda Update 3.9, July 24, 2012:(about 1% of queries; announced)

18.          Panda Update 3.91, Aug. 20, 2012: (about 1% of queries; belatedly announced)

19.          Panda Update 3.92, Sept. 18, 2012: (less than 0.7% of queries; announced)

20.          Google Panda Update 20 Released, 2.4% Of English Queries Impacted

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