Google updates

Google started the year with a bang, issuing webmaster tools notices to hundreds of thousands of websites in January and February 2012.

I needed a place to record the exact dates of the updates, so I can better check traffic fluctuations in client sites and so know what update is the most likely cause of the issues.

There have been continuing 'Panda' updates, and a newer 'Penguin' update that has had the most effect on websites.

21 August 2012 - regarding panda and penguin refreshes

Jan 2012 - Google Webmaster Tools notices of detected unnatural links from websites (notices on websites giving the links)

25 Feb 2012 - Google Webmaster Tools notice of detected unnatural links to websites (notices on the websites receiving the links)

1 April 2012 - Google Webmaster Tools - "Quality issues" with websites
24 April 2012 - first 'Penguin' update
25 May 2012 - Penguin 2 update - Penguin algo data refresh

The updates are ongoing.

We are stuck between a rock and a hard place. With onpage SEO only, websites are ranking higher, but not to their best. With additional incoming links, the websites are ranking well. But if linking is overdone in any way, rankings are effected... A tightrope to walk.

Panda Updates

Panda 3.92, Sept. 18, 2012 (less than 0.7% of queries; announced)
Panda 3.91, Aug. 20, 2012 (about 1% of queries; belatedly announced)
Panda 3.9 on Wednesday July 25th 2012
Panda 3.8 on Monday, June 25th
Panda 3.7 on Monday, June 8th
Panda 3.6 on April 27th 2012
Panda 3.5 on April 19th
Panda 3.4 on March 23rd
Panda 3.3 on about February 26th
Panda 3.2 on about January 2012 15th
Panda 3.1 on November 2011 18th
Panda 2.5.3 on October 19/20th
Panda 2.5.2 on October 13th
Panda 2.5.1 on October 9th
Panda 2.5 on September 28th
Panda 2.4 in August
Panda 2.3 on around July 22nd.
Panda 2.2 on June 18th or so.
Panda 2.1 on May 9th or so.
Panda 2.0 on April 11th or so.
Panda 1.0 on February 24th 2011