Search Engine giant, Google has admitted that it has started to roll out a Panda Update but it will take months for a full roll out. Each and every webmaster was waiting for it desperately but none of them expected its roll out to be gradual in nature. A Panda update matters a lot to all the webmasters across the globe because of the fact that it affects the rankings of their websites on the most popular search engine of the world.
Google came up with Panda for the very first time in February 2011 and since then, it is punishing websites which are bereft of quality and rewarding the ones which have quality in abundance. Webmasters were eager for a Panda Update because they wanted to see that whether or not their hard work to make their websites according to the guidelines of Google paid off.
Panda ensures that user-friendly websites enjoy great rankings on Google and it is relentless against websites which fail to serve their target audience. Google Panda is not real-time in nature and during the course of the last three years, Google has managed to come up with 29 panda updates which includes the first Panda Update on February 24, 2011 and the last on July 18, 2015.
Webmasters, across the globe, have criticized Google for its inability to make Panda work in real-time but still, it is something which seems highly unlikely at least in the near future. If your website was penalized by the previous Panda Update on September 25, 2014 and you have still not made the necessary changes, you should do it instantly in order to save your website from the latest Panda Update.
The last time we had an official Panda refresh was almost 10 months ago: Panda 4.1happened on September 25, 2014. That was the 28th update, but I would coin this the 29th or 30th update, since we saw small fluctuations in October 2014.
Google told me on the record that the Panda refresh began this weekend, around Saturday and is rolling out incredibly slowly. It can take up months to fully roll out and even on a site by site basis, not all of your pages may pick up on the roll out for months. This does not mean the algorithm is page-by-page basis, it is a site-wide algorithm, I’ve confirmed that too when I heard about the roll out being slowly pushed on a page by page basis.
Google wouldn’t tell me why it was going to be such a slow roll out, I asked, but they didn’t want to say much about it. One point to add, even though it is rolling out slowly, making changes to your site now, won’t make a difference with Panda 4.2. Of course, it may help when Google pushes Panda 4.3, whenever that might be.
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The last Panda shift we saw, unofficially was in October 2014. So we are due an update, however, many folks are not happy it will take months to fully roll out.