The last couple of months has been a rough ride for many website owners due to the frequent punitive Google Updates and now I am seeing new serious risks appearing for business owners who are not completely up to date with how websites and search engines work. Please use the share buttons above and let your business connections know about this new scam so they can avoid a really costly mistake!
Panda Updates and Penguin Updates
It had to happen really!
Let’s look at the last few months of Google updates and the repercussions felt by a large number of websites both good and bad.
First up, the Panda was tough… and very necessary!
The first Panda update was more than a year ago and I outlined the reasons for it here.
Each of the following Panda updates seemed to be even tougher and there was some serious collateral damage as even a number of high quality sites with tons of great content were punished!
There will be a large number of web design and development companies who add anchor text based site wide footer links to every client’s site who will be feeling the pain right now (and probably wondering why).
And it seems from the various SEO based forums that SEO companies, web development, bloggers, Internet marketing services and more in the tech services field were hit disproportionately.
But it was not just this field that were hit. Many sites who historically had work done by low cost SEO companies to “boost search ranking on Google” also noticed disturbing trends in their analytics reports after Google’s aggressive targeting of non-compliance.
And because of the close dates of the various Panda and Penguin updates it can be difficult to analyse which particular update has afflicted many sites. Duplication issues, site errors, anchor text repetition, unnatural link profiles, overuse of keywords, over optimisation, comment spam links, thin content, too many links from a particular source, links from unrelated niches? And I could go on.
Google really came out with guns blazing! They hit every possible webspam or manipulative technique they could think of in short succession.
Here is the list of some of the recent Google updates:
April 19, 2012 – Panda 3.5
April 24, 2012 – Penguin
April 27, 2012 – Panda 3.6
May 25, 2012 – Penguin 1.1
June 8, 2012 – Panda 3.7
June 25, 2012 – Panda 3.8
So, Google has decimated webspam. Nice one Google!
Matt Cutts (Head of Google’s webspam team), take a bow.
You have made the Internet a better place…
Or have you?