Despite telling us that Google would no longer confirm when new Panda updates occur, they announced today that they were rolling out a new update that is “more finely targeted” than the original release of Penguin 2.0.
Unlike many Penguin updates, most webmasters actually seem happy to see the new version, as they are already claiming recovery from the original algorithm.
Google has said that their plan is to release Panda algorithm updates monthly over a ten day period, but Matt Cutts, head of Google’s Webspam team, implied there way a delay for this refresh because they wanted to ensure the signals would be loosened up a little from the last release.
The official statement from Google simply says, “In the last few days we’ve been pushing out a new Panda update that incorporates new signals so it can be more finely targeted.”
Search Engine Journal says the update has resulted in
- Increase in impressions but same amount of CTR’s (viewable when logged into Google’s Webmaster Tools)
- Informational sites such as Wikipedia and About.com have seen big impacts in their rankings
- Authority sites are more prominent in SERPs.
- Sites using Google+ are getting better rankings
Their suggestions for the future? It’s reaching the point where not using Google+ can hurt your site, and it is time to enable Google Authorship.