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, causing many to lose rankings and in the process, most of their web traffic, it has been talked about so much.
Needless to say, this can be catastrophic, to say the least, for most businesses that rely heavily on traffic referrals from Google. But why were so many websites affected by the “Penguin update” and what is it exactly?
In some way or another, most of us use Google to find information and 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. Maintaining faith in Google and continuing to use the service are the users in that way. 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 is what the latest update was said to target. 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.
The Penguin update is not a manual penalty which is worth noting, where a human has followed say a spam report and taken action. An algorithmic update which filters out sites based on certain criteria which assesses whether or not a site has been over optimised or been building spammy back links is what the Penguin update is.
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. A different approach to your online marketing is what you will need to start adopting if you have been affected by the Penguin update.