Mar 14

Panda Is Back For The Weekend

Webmasters all over the world, whether they feel they’ve done something borderline or not with their websites, will be holding their breath a little as Google’s Panda algorithm is making a comeback this weekend.

Comments made by Matt Cutts, who heads the webspam team at Google, suggested that this Friday (15th of March) the Panda algorithm will begin rolling out.

It’s not totally clear as to whether it’s simply a data refresh or a full-on update, so the severity and impact of Panda this time round will become clear after the weekend.

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A further comment by Cutts this week also hinted at the fact that Panda will now become part of the regular algorithm, meaning that websites affected by Panda will no longer need to wait many weeks for that particular algorithm to run again. This is good news overall.

However, what he gives with one had he tends to take with the other. Matt Cutts happened to also mention that a rather “vicious” form of the Penguin algorithm is set to hit very soon and it’s likely to have a major impact on search results.

It’s a time to hold on tight and remember that having a quality website with a clean backlink profile is the most important thing ever in order to sail through these updates.

I’ll report back next week when details start to emerge from the latest Panda update.

Good luck everyone!

6 responses to “Panda Is Back For The Weekend”

  1. any guesses what will be new in Google updated algorithm?

    • Justin says:

      If it’s just a data refresh then there won’t be anything new. If it’s a proper update then who knows. They are obviously improving their algorithm over time to judge the quality of web pages so if it’s a proper update we can expect to see some significant changes.

  2. Chris says:

    Could it be that they’re increasing the importance of Google+ pages as a ranking factor? I’m of the opinion they’ll be giving it more strength with each update.

    • Justin says:

      I agree Chris. I think gradually Google+ pages will become increasingly important. It’s all part of a more social Google…whether we like to be social or not 😉

  3. Joseph says:

    Good news for webmasters.

  4. games says:

    Wait and see…