Have you noticed any changes in your blog traffic or rankings the last few days? I’ll be honest. I’ve been so busy I haven’t even checked my stats lately, but I am definitely about to after reading this latest news. I’m crossing my fingers it’s good news.
Google confirmed to Search Engine Land that they did indeed push out a small Google Panda update late last week. A Google spokesperson told them, “We’re continuing to iterate on our Panda algorithm as part of our commitment to returning high-quality sites to Google users. This most recent update is one of the roughly 500 changes we make to our ranking algorithms each year”.
Some webmasters have said that the changes in rankings was a positive one for them, which is always nice to hear after one of these updates.
Here are the Panda updates so far:
- Panda Update 1.0: Feb. 24, 2011
- Panda Update 2.0: April 11, 2011 (about 7 weeks later)
- Panda Update 2.1: May 10, 2011 (about 4 weeks later)
- Panda Update 2.2: June 16, 2011 (about 5 weeks later)
- Panda Update 2.3: July 23, 2011 (about 5 weeks later)
So, it looks like about every month Google is pushing out a Panda update.
What does that means for us bloggers? Not much really, except keep pumping out good solid content and hope that if your site was hit badly one month, it might go up the next month. Or, you could try the little experiment HubPages has done with sub-domains.
Did you notice a drop in traffic or rankings and do you have any tips or tricks to share?