Google Penguin and the impact on SEO

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Google Penguin is the name for a continued public Google algorithm update, that first started back on April 24th, 2012. The goal with the Google Penguin update was aimed at penalizing websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines by employing black-hat SEO tactics. This includes things such as stuffing keywords on a page, creating duplicate content, or using link schemes such as buying backlinks for their websites, instead of focusing on creating quality unique content.

Google Penguin 2.0

It has been rumored that another round of updates to the Google Penguin algorithm is closely approaching. When the Google Penguin 2.0 rollout completes which will be the first update of 2013, it’s expected to be more thorough and in-depth than previous updates. Already Matt Cutts who is the head of the web spam team at Google has released one of their great Google Webmaster Help videos explaining what we can expect in the next few months for SEO and search engine optimization:

 

Update 5/22/2013 – 10:00PM EST Matt Cutts has confirmed that that Google Penguin 2.0 update did in fact go live today via his blog post about Penguin 2.0 rolled out today

 

Update 6/3/2013 – 7:20PM EST Matt Cutts released another great Google Webmaster Help video today. He talks about some of the misconceptions in the SEO industry regarding Google, and ties it in with the recent Google Penguin 2.0 update.

 

Google Penguin updates

Technically the Google Penguin 2.0 update is Google Penguin 4, in that it’s the 4th update to the algorithm since first going live last year in April. Here is a rough break-down of previous Google Penguin updates with their release dates, as well as how many global Google queries were affected:

  • Penguin 1 – April 24th, 2012 (~3.1% of queries)
  • Penguin 2 – May 26th, 2012 (< 0.1% of queries)
  • Penguin 3 – October 5th, 2012 (~.3% of queries)
  • Penguin 4 – May 22nd, 2013 (~2.3% of queries)

For more information on the Google algorithm changes I recommend checking out these awesome sites as well:

  • Google Penguin updates provided by SearchEngineLand.com
  • Things to do for Google Penguin

    Bad SEO practices targeted by Google Penguin

    These SEO tactics are typically referred to as black-hat SEO, in that they are methods for trying to cheat the system, rather than focusing on creating unique quality content:

    • Advertorial spam
    • Cloaking content
    • Comment spam
    • Doorway pages
    • Link farms
    • Purchased backlinks
    • Scraping for content
    • Unnecessary internal links
    • Using hidden text on pages

    We will continue to add on to this article with more information regarding the progress of the Google Penguin 2.0 update, as well as more in-depth explanations of what to do to ensure your website isn’t negatively affected by this update.

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