Almost a month after the fact, some of the noise has died down, some of the pain has become clear, some of the successes have been celebrated, and a new greater danger has surfaced!
This post describes what I have observed as an SEO consultant based in New Zealand. I have noticed some major impacts to search results while researching keywords for clients – post Penguin.
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Wow! Firstly, it has been a hell of a big year for Google so far!
They have clearly signaled their intentions to rid their search results of any spam, any borderline SEO techniques and any “black hat” stuff.
In the last few weeks we have had Blog Networks de-indexed (my post about the massive effects of this one here) and penalities dished out, a free parking bug, two Panda updates in quick succession and to top it all off Google rolled out the nukes on April 24th…
The Penguin Update!
This one has had a remarkable effect on search as we know it. The idea behind it may have been noble but…
Did it work?
What really happened?
What are some of the shocking repercussions of this update?
Google’s Penguin Update was a direct and aggressive assault on the rise of black hat SEO, manipulative search practices, spam, poor quality websites cluttering the top positions in search…
And who would berate them for cleaning up this frustrating and time consuming (and revenue sapping) annoyance? After all, the success of Google relies on delivering the best possible results for any search query.
But, you know what? Penguin was never only about improving search results. It was a more punitive roll-out.
It was about webspam pure and simple!
So, let’s take a look at who won, who lost, who was destroyed and a major new threat to online business.
Maybe we should start with the positive stuff:
Ever typed a phrase into Google then been frustrated about the results you are getting?
Yes, the first one is a government site, or Wikipedia, or Amazon… not quite right
Then the next couple are not really what you are looking for…
Then you hit position 4 and BAM! It is a crap site with no relevance to what you are searching for and it is a cheap-ass landing page to get you to click on some lousy banner or to purchase something you don’t want!
And that is a mild version of how spam and black hat SEO pollutes search results.