What Is The Google Penguin Update?

One of Google’s most talked about algorithmic changes since the Panda update in February 2011 rolled out on the 24th April. Because it impacted so many websites, it has been talked about so much, especially since it caused many to lose rankings and in the process, most of their web traffic.

Needless to say, this can be catastrophic, to say the least, for most businesses that rely heavily on traffic referrals from Google. But what was the “Penguin update” and why did the “Penguin update” affect so many websites?

It is Google’s job as the leading search engine to make sure that the results that it produces are relevant and of a high quality when we use Google in some way or another to find information. That way, maintaining faith in Google and continuing to use the service are the users. The latest update was said to be for webmasters that were over optimising their websites, building spammy back links and generally abusing the Google guidelines in order to rank better within the organic search results. Penalised by the algorithmic filter and demoted in the search results are the sites that over the years had been gaming the system somewhat which is the reason that Penguin was implemented. Considering that Google receives hundreds of millions of search queries every day, millions of websites are being penalised and around 3.1% of search queries which are said to be affected by the update.

It is worth noting, that a manual penalty, where a human has followed say a spam report and taken action is not what the Penguin update is. Based on certain criteria which assesses whether or not a site has been over optimised or been building spammy back links, the Penguin update is an algorithmic update which filters out sites.

It is pretty likely that you were hit by it if you lost pretty much all of your websites traffic from Google just after the 24th April. Appearing to retain their page rank and continuing to be crawled and indexed are the sites, which is one thing that is noticeable. If you obtained many low quality links or paid links, links that were pointing to your site previously have also been devalued means that these sites have now been devalued. This can appear to be a penalty but in fact, due to a devaluation of those incoming links, this is purely a natural drop in rankings.

The future of marketing of your site is clear for us. You will need to start adopting a different approach to your online marketing if you have been affected by the Penguin update.

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