Search Marketing: Latest Google Panda Update
Seems like we just had a Panda update, and now yet another one has been announced. Panda is of course the filter in Google’s search algorithm that weeds out sites with low-quality content. In other words, it is the watchdog charged with spotting the type of content churned out by content mills or other keyword-stuffing websites. Google announced the gradual rollout of a new Panda update this week in a short post on Google+. (For the record, the last official update was in May.)
In theory, Panda is a friend of those marketers who take their duties seriously and work hard to create good content, since its goal is to keep outfits that rely on poor quality content packed with keywords from seeing an SEO benefit from those tactics.
In practice, though, some good marketers were unintended victims of earlier Panda updates, especially those at smaller businesses.
Perhaps in an effort to eliminate or lessen that fallout, Google says this new update will allow more small and medium-sized sites to rank higher, assuming they have quality content. Businesses in that category are most likely to see a benefit from this new Panda update, especially if they made adjustments to their content after the prior version of Panda went into effect.
Panda updates have been coming in spurts and stops, so there’s no way to estimate when the next one may be announced.
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