Confirmed: Google Panda 3.7 Update

Jun 11, 2012 • 9:28 am | comments (32) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Panda 3.7Google has now confirmed there was a refresh late Friday affected less than 1% of queries. Google said, "Panda data refresh started rolling out on Friday. Less than 1% of queries noticeably affected in the U.S. & 1% worldwide." We saw reports of this over the weekend and reported on those rumors. Google has confirmed there was an update.

Over the weekend there was a large spike in webmaster and SEO chatter at WebmasterWorld around Google's shift in the search results.

Update: Google has now confirmed there was a refresh late Friday affected less than 1% of queries. Here is their tweet from today:

Many are suspecting there was a Panda update but we do not (DO NOT) have confirmation from Google on this update. In fact, there were rumors early about a Panda update and Google shot us down on that.

If there was an update, which honestly, there are strong signs of, this would be the Panda 3.7 update. The last Panda refresh was Panda 3.6 on April 27th so we are due a new Panda refresh any time now.

There was a Penguin 1.1 update on May 25th or so. So this shuffling is probably Panda related.

One webmaster said:

It could be another Panda update, I have been working on a client site to help him escape Panda. His rankings have just jumped back up to Top 3 on his major keywords where he used to be before Panda got him 2 months ago. So these recent fluctuation and Thursday night events might be Panda.

Past Panda Updates:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Brian McDowell

06/11/2012 01:38 pm

Barry - You are my favorite "Google Canary" (Matt Cutts Quote)! Thanks for your diligence in keeping us informed.

Camille Thomas

06/11/2012 01:48 pm

I think you meant " There was a Penguin 1.1 update on May 25th", not March 25th ;)

Liv Jones

06/11/2012 02:29 pm

Yes, thank you. Signs of Panda look positive here. Hoping I've Panda-Proofed the roofs this time.

Terry Dilday

06/11/2012 03:35 pm

well they just announced a Panda refresh over on twitter

Omri Shabat

06/11/2012 04:02 pm

Hi Barry, I've noticed with a new site of mine that Google might using the Panda instead of the old "Sandbox" to rank new sites. You might be interested in this:


06/11/2012 04:04 pm

1% seems too little in my opinion, I've seen many differences in the SERPs...


06/11/2012 04:18 pm

Hm ... Seems like not a lot of fresh data Panda received since last update, if just " Less than 1% of queries noticeably affected in the U.S. & 1% worldwide." It's hard to believe so small amount of websites got fresh Panda signals. Very questionable statement.


06/11/2012 05:43 pm

You wrote: Google's shift int he search results. Should be: Google's shift in the search results.

Barry Schwartz

06/11/2012 05:48 pm

Thank you!


06/11/2012 07:06 pm

I lost 50% on two sites with this update...


06/11/2012 07:55 pm

I noticed that my traffic is off. I seemed to gain from the last update, but it's in negative territory again

Sheared Sheep

06/11/2012 08:48 pm

Barry, thank you for the update; I knew something was off beginning Friday evening. It is difficult to accept that only 1% were impacted based on the influx of comments.


06/11/2012 09:24 pm

With this update, which helped me a little bit, I just realized I was hit by the April Panda Update and not the Penguin. It sucks, because I did many changes thinking I had been hit by Penguin and now I think I harmed my site instead of help it.

Brian Coryat

06/11/2012 09:31 pm

Thanks Barry How many agree with me that all of this "jerking around" is part of a concerted effort on Google's part to discredit SEO companies, make SEO more unpredictable and SELL MORE CLICKS. I think that Google has really declared war on SEO and since they own the battlefield, they win.

Gregory Smith

06/11/2012 10:05 pm

Nice updates!

Seo Hop

06/11/2012 10:48 pm

I see 2 or three variations of the results going back and forth. It looks to me like exact match links are having a big part in the process and possibly overly used social signals. The social signals are a surprise because recently these are the same signals that would significantly increase rankings

Louie Ramos

06/11/2012 11:00 pm

Thanks for quoting my predictions on your post Barry. I have also noticed that this Panda update affected Australian results, I have seen a lot of badly SEO sites demoted.


06/11/2012 11:00 pm

You forgot to mention, that SEO companies are the most knowledgeable and the most innocent part of the internet, providing services on the charity base, full of the altruists wanting to help for free. What will we do without the SEO companies ? (sad)

Jaspreet Chahal

06/12/2012 02:08 am

Me too bro! sad that hard work on writing original content i.e. sharing what you do day to day (that could be helpful to other) is going down the drain. I am not sure what else I could do. Sad! Google owns the SEO playing field as Brian quoted and hence they win.

Vincent Abry

06/12/2012 07:44 pm

Is it possible this is an "Above the Fold" update ?!topic/webmasters/qZZK23woXt4

Seo Hop

06/12/2012 11:37 pm

I couldn't resist any longer and had to write about this today. Google Why You Hatin’ On SEO

Mohammed ALAMI

06/13/2012 01:33 pm

Confirmed rolled out june 8th . I agree totally with you @Brian Coryat this is somshow challenging but you know what, we should ignore it and not to play their game !

Afsar Pervez

06/14/2012 05:01 am

Thanks for the news. I just noticed it now. But I can see last 3 days my new visitor increase 70% and returning visitors 350%. Glad to see that. But I understand now why it has happened.

Afsar Pervez

06/14/2012 05:04 am

I don't think so completely. Right SEO method is never punished. But you are right in that bad SEO guy are going to lost their battle field.

Gabriel Roybal

06/15/2012 07:18 am

just getting into this stuff- fascinating though!


06/16/2012 06:44 am

I have no idea what google is doing but for the last few days my pageviews have halved on my photo (stock pictures) blog. I have never done SEO and have no idea what it is. I post regularly and do original content. I work very hard at my blog although other spam blogs keep copying my posts. I am tired of fighting with them. I just keep working on my blog but the spam blogs are better in search results. Whatever google is doing, it's not working. I feel really sad!


06/19/2012 12:55 pm

After 2020 how google Updates its Spam algorithm? Your answers should be funny..

Manish Chaudhary

06/20/2012 07:54 am

Hello all SEO experts, What do you think about Back links tools and websites promotion tools???? please provide yours valuable feedbacks.


06/20/2012 03:11 pm

Just continue to do what you are doing.


06/25/2012 09:25 pm

Ours has dropped. We are working on additional backlinks any suggestions would be helpful.


06/26/2012 05:00 pm

1 % is according to google user experience and not serp

Franklyn G.

11/17/2012 10:54 pm

Selling more clicks is probably the motivation behind the number of the latest algorithm updates from Google. On this I agree!

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