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History of Panda Google Algorithm Updates

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Google panda is a change to Google's search results ranking algorithm that was first released in February 2011. We have listed the major algorithmic changes that have had the major impact on search.

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History of Panda Google Algorithm Updates

  1. 1. Panda/Farmer Update
  2. 2. Each year, Google changes its search algorithm around 500– 600 times. While most of these changes are minor, Google occasionally rolls out a "major" algorithmic update (such as Google Panda and Google Penguin) that affects search results in significant ways. Here, we’ve listed the major algorithmic changes that have had the biggest impact on search. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  3. 3. 1. Panda/Farmer - February 23, 2011 A major algorithm update hit sites hard, affecting up to 12% of search results (a number that came directly from Google). Panda rolled out over at least a couple of months, hitting Europe in April 2011. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  4. 4. 2. Panda 2.0 (#2) - April 11, 2011 Google rolled out the Panda update to all English queries worldwide (not limited to English-speaking countries). New signals were also integrated, including data about sites users blocked via the SERPs directly or the Chrome browser. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  5. 5. 3. Panda 2.1 (#3) - May 9, 2011 Initially dubbed “Panda 3.0”, Google appeared to roll out yet another round of changes. These changes weren’t discussed in detail by Google and seemed to be relatively minor. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  6. 6. 4. Panda 2.2 (#4) - June 21, 2011 Google continued to update Panda-impacted sites and data, and version 2.2 was officially acknowledged. Panda updates occurred separately from the main index and not in real-time, reminiscent of early Google Dance updates. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  7. 7. 5. Panda 2.3 (#5) - July 23, 2011 Webmaster chatter suggested that Google rolled out yet another update. It was unclear whether new factors were introduced, or this was simply an update to the Panda data and ranking factors. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  8. 8. 6. Panda 2.4 (#6) - August 12, 2011 Google rolled Panda out internationally, both for English-language queries globally and non-English queries except for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Google reported that this impacted 6-9% of queries in affected countries. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  9. 9. 7. Panda 2.5 (#7) - Sept 28, 2011 After more than month, Google rolled out another Panda update. Specific details of what changed were unclear, but some sites reported large-scale losses. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  10. 10. 8. Panda "Flux“ (#8) - Oct 5, 2011 Matt Cutts tweeted: "expect some Panda-related flux in the next few weeks" and gave a figure of "~2%". Other minor Panda updates occurred on 10/3, 10/13, and 11/18. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  11. 11. 7. Panda 3.1 (#9) - Nov 18, 2011 After Panda 2.5, Google entered a period of "Panda Flux" where updates started to happen more frequently and were relatively minor. Some industry analysts called the 11/18 update 3.1, even though there was no official 3.0. For the purposes of this history, we will discontinue numbering Panda updates except for very high-impact changes. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  12. 12. 10. Panda 3.2 (#10) - Jan 18, 2012 Google confirmed a Panda data update, although suggested that the algorithm hadn't changed. It was unclear how this fit into the "Panda Flux" scheme of more frequent data updates. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  13. 13. 11. Panda 3.3 (#11) - Feb 27, 2012 Google rolled out another post-"flux" Panda update, which appeared to be relatively minor. This came just 3 days after the 1-year anniversary of Panda, an unprecedented lifespan for a named update. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  14. 14. 12. Panda 3.4 (#12) - Mar 23, 2012 Google announced another Panda update, this time via Twitter as the update was rolling out. Their public statements estimated that Panda 3.4 impacted about 1.6% of search results. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  15. 15. 13. Panda 3.5 (#13) – Apr 19, 2012 In the middle of a busy week for the algorithm, Google quietly rolled out a Panda data update. A mix of changes made the impact difficult to measure, but this appears to have been a fairly routine update with minimal impact. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  16. 16. 14. Panda 3.6 (#14) - Apr 27, 2012 Barely a week after Panda 3.5, Google rolled out yet another Panda data update. The implications of this update were unclear, and it seemed that the impact was relatively small. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  17. 17. 15. Panda 3.7 (#15) – June 8, 2012 Google rolled out yet another Panda data update, claiming that less than 1% of queries were affect. Ranking fluctuation data suggested that the impact was substantially higher than previous Panda updates (3.5, 3.6). www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  18. 18. 16. Panda 3.8 (#16) - Jun 25, 2012 Google rolled out another Panda data refresh, but this appeared to be data only (no algorithm changes) and had a much smaller impact than Panda 3.7. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  19. 19. 17. Panda 3.9 (#17) – Jul 24, 2012 A month after Panda 3.8, Google rolled out a new Panda update. Rankings fluctuated for 5-6 days, although no single day was high enough to stand out. Google claimed ~1% of queries were impacted. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  20. 20. 18. Panda 3.9.1 (#18) - Aug 20, 2012 Google rolled out yet another Panda data update, but the impact seemed to be fairly small. Since the Panda 3.0 series ran out of numbers at 3.9, the new update was dubbed 3.9.1. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  21. 21. 19. Panda 3.9.2 (#19) – Sep 18, 2012 Google rolled out another Panda refresh, which appears to have been data-only. Ranking flux was moderate but not on par with a large-scale algorithm update. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  22. 22. 20. Panda 20 (#20) – Sep 27, 2012 Overlapping the EMD update, a fairly major Panda update (algo + data) rolled out, officially affecting 2.4% of queries. As the 3.X series was getting odd, industry sources opted to start naming Panda updates in order (this was the 20th). www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  23. 23. 21. Panda 21 (#21) – Nov 5, 2012 Google rolled out their 21st Panda update, roughly 5-1/2 weeks after Panda #20. This update was reported to be smaller, officially impacting 1.1% of English queries. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  24. 24. 22. Panda 22 (#22) – Nov 21, 2012 After some mixed signals, Google confirmed the 22nd Panda update, which appears to have been data-only. This came on the heels of a larger, but unnamed update around November 19th. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  25. 25. 23. Panda 23 (#23) – Dec 21, 2012 Right before the Christmas holiday, Google rolled out another Panda update. They officially called it a "refresh", impacting 1.3% of English queries. This was a slightly higher impact than Pandas #21 and #22. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  26. 26. 24. Panda 24 (#24) – Jan 22, 2013 Google announced its first official update of 2013, claiming 1.2% of queries affected. This did not seem related to talk of an update around 1/17-18 (which Google did not confirm). www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  27. 27. 25. Panda 25 (#25) – Mar 14, 2013 Matt Cutts pre-announced a Panda update at SMX West, and suggested it would be the last update before Panda was integrated into the core algorithm. The exact date was unconfirmed, but MozCast data suggests 3/13-3/14. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  28. 28. 26. Panda 4.0 (#26) – May 19, 2014 Google confirmed a major Panda update that likely included both an algorithm update and a data refresh. Officially, about 7.5% of English-language queries were affected. While Matt Cutts said it began rolling out on 5/20, our data strongly suggests it started earlier. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  29. 29. 27. Panda 4.1 (#27) – Sep 23, 2014 Google announced a significant Panda update, which included an algorithmic component. They estimated the impact at 3-5% of queries affected. Given the "slow rollout," the exact timing was unclear. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
  30. 30. 27. Panda 4.1 (#27) – Sep 23, 2014 Google announced a significant Panda update, which included an algorithmic component. They estimated the impact at 3-5% of queries affected. Given the "slow rollout," the exact timing was unclear. www.afycon.com Copyright ©
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