Google Panda 2.5 Hits? Nope!

Sep 20, 2011 • 9:18 am | comments (22) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Panda 2.5There are some rumors shuffling around the SEO industry that there is a new Google Panda update taking place right now.

Update: Google said there is no update taking place right now.

Tedster started a thread at WebmasterWorld asking, "I'm hearing some reports of site-wide ranking demotions over the weekend that have a similar pattern to what we saw with Panda. That is, lots of keywords affected, but the demotions are not at all uniform the way we often see in a site-wide penalty."

One full time member confirmed some major changes, saying:

Sustained dip on sites with a local relevance, beginning on the 17th, maintained through today.

Sustained 40-50% increase on niche-info type sites, started on the 13th, maintained through today. (on sites I watch, this generic site action/reaction is typical within 4-10 days after a large googlebot crawl)

Plus, in ongoing Google Webmaster Help thread we have new reports of new sites being hit by Panda.

We do have some recoveries being reported but at the same time, some new sites were hit.

The big question is, can I get Google to confirm or deny this and if so, did you guys notice a new Panda update?

For more on Panda, see our Panda category and here are some of the major updates to Panda:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld & Google Webmaster Help.

Update: Google told me, "There was no update in the past couple days. The most recent update was in August, when we rolled out the algorithm change internationally to most languages."

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franz enzenhofer

09/20/2011 01:28 pm

everything is a panda nowadays ... why not just call ist "google unicorn update" for a change? 


09/20/2011 01:30 pm

OOh my God! Google will not let us live an easy life, no its not good!

john lewis uk

09/20/2011 01:53 pm

OMG.... :o Don't know where this Panda stops.....looks like it will ruined everything..!!


09/20/2011 04:23 pm

My traffic was higher than usual on Sunday and Monday.

Brant Tedeschi

09/20/2011 05:16 pm

Wrong, there is no question that this is Panda 2.4.5

B Obama

09/20/2011 05:31 pm

Barry there's no update, I have several time and see no difference, other than a tiny +/-

Barry Schwartz

09/20/2011 05:32 pm

Google has informed me there is no update.


09/20/2011 05:36 pm

Apparently there is a question. Barry confirmed it is not.


09/20/2011 05:50 pm

100% correct. Google is testing a new set of results, to see which one performs better for adwords.


09/20/2011 06:13 pm

In European sites, I really many positions down these days

QR Code Generator

09/20/2011 06:58 pm

They have said to roll out monthly algo changes.  I own over 100 sites.  The page rank and search rank changes a few times throughout the month on many of my sites... wtf!   So if an update came, it was in stealth mode. Panda has good intentions (or is it all for $$$??).  The google adsense team will tell you to put your ads above the fold, the panda team will say the opposite, and matt cutts is saying the opposite of both. It is true the the panda update messed up a lot of affiliate marketers (not talking about scamy stuff) with good intentions and provided true value for the visitor by giving them what they want. ex: I have a site that sells denim pants, etc. and am an affiliate for Macy's and other retailers.  My SEO skill was good and outranked most everyone for certain terms and model numbers.  Was a well received site that the visitors liked for real via the comments they left anyway. - the visitor got what they want. -retailers (macy's for example) got $$ for me promoting them as an affiliate. -the manufacturer (levis for example) got more sales becasue retailers need to fill more orders because I sold more stuff for them. And I would think Google would LOVE this because it would suggest that Levis or Macy's would need to roll out a PPC campaign on adwords which in turn would make more money for google (their end goal regardless of what they say) because I outranked them. A lot of affiliate marketers are folks who have been unemployed and needed to generate an income and this was a viable way to pay the bills until... the panda slap came. If you follow google's presence in the stock market you will notice they are fighting with yahoo/bing/microsoft (who have actually teamed up against google).  Perhaps the Panda update is a positioning method for taking over more stock ground?

Paul Tomlinson

09/20/2011 08:51 pm

Strange that over the past 3 days that traffic on my website has nearly been knocked by 70% or more and whereas I'm usualy showing 20+ different search terms each day, today I have zero and yesterday on had 3. Grrrrrrrrrrr. As my content is 100% written by me, I wish I knew what was going on. Average unique hits about 205 per day. Yesterday I had 83 hits and only 47 thus far today.


09/20/2011 09:26 pm

New sites tend to develop a profile after launch. They could be pushing themselves over a cliff by over-optimizing any number of ways. Many hit a keyword and keep building links with the same anchor until... WHAM! a normal filter that does this very thing without Panda's help. Dave Keys, Real Estate SEO Expert

Ecigator Electronic Cigarette

09/21/2011 12:28 pm

has Google dog confirmed this?

Web Design

09/21/2011 12:44 pm

Last week between 13 September t0 17 September there seems to be some ranking updates, whether it was Panda or not I am not sure.

Justin Howley

09/21/2011 02:21 pm

Whether 2.5 hit or not, I still see the most irrelevant results in the SERPs. Comparing the top results to our site and analyzing their link profile and authority, I consistently see very poor underperforming pages outranking high authority sites with diverse link profiles. I don't get it. It just keeps getting worse.


09/21/2011 04:23 pm on 20.09.2011, most of my sites lost its SERPS. I think they are thrown to some 50+ rankings with almost dead traffic from Google.


09/29/2011 11:59 am

some sites get more visitor after updating google panda. but there is no increase trafic in my site. suggest me...

On Target Marketing

09/30/2011 08:38 am

I definitely feel there has been some form of update, as I have noticed a serious fluctuation in some of the websites we work with.

SME Software Solutions

09/30/2011 05:56 pm

Organic search traffic does seem to be in a bit of a flux-- predicting traffic is becoming ever more difficult. However, if the fluctuations are so drastic, with things going up and down without webmasters doing much, it means that there is too much trial and error going on at Google's end.

Karan Lugani

10/25/2011 09:20 am

Panda is currently running on and on . The basic reason why sites' rankings are fluctuating and going up and down.


10/29/2011 09:23 am

Has there been a update today? My serps have almost disappeared :(

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