Google Panda 3.1 Update : 11/18

Nov 21, 2011 • 9:11 am | comments (37) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Panda 3.1Friday afternoon, sometime after 4pm I believe, Google tweeted that they pushed out a "minor" Panda update effecting less than one-percent of all searches.

The tweet reads:

Tiny weather report: Minor Panda algorithm data refresh (affects <1% of searches). Context from Feb:

Google Panda Tweet

The last time Google said a Panda update was minor, it turned out to be pretty significant.

That being said, we should have named it 3.0 - in fact, I spoke to someone at Google who felt the same. So I am going to name this one 3.1, although it does make it easier to reference these updates by dates.

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Nick Baldwin

11/21/2011 02:26 pm

Here we go again!  - No really, I didn't see any significant changes in any of my sites or competitors... I like a big shake up myself!


11/21/2011 03:01 pm

I don't think this algorithm affects only

William Rock

11/21/2011 03:02 pm

From Reading the Blog it looks like a huge update .. "impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful." this being stated just before the big holiday could impact a ton of business, at the same time could be a good change for others.  I noticed in this article it will impact RANKINGS for low quality sites. My question is: What happens to the smaller companies that really are a true business but have not really fine tuned their websites. Could they be effected just because of the low quality signal or low quality content signals. 

Who Are You

11/21/2011 03:03 pm

Did it happen already? Last weather report told of upcoming changes


11/21/2011 03:32 pm

The 2.3 Panda link is broken btw.

Barry Schwartz

11/21/2011 03:38 pm

thx, fixed

Barry Schwartz

11/21/2011 03:38 pm

yes on Friday

Barry Schwartz

11/21/2011 03:38 pm

That was the first panda update. Back in February.

Matt Rhys-Davies

11/21/2011 04:14 pm

They just keep on coming. I admire and fear Google equally.

Alex Genadinik

11/21/2011 05:53 pm

Wonder how many innocent businesses will get destroyed by this one. :-/


11/21/2011 08:41 pm

According to some Googlers at Pubcon  sites that make a living on dubious schemes, such as advertising and affiliate marketing, were specifically targeted by Panda.  The dubious schemes comment is an almost exact quote.

Joe Youngblood

11/21/2011 09:54 pm

called it a 'data refresh' i didnt notice the intense, excessive crawling that had characterized panda updates for my client in the past year, did notice a gain akin to 2.5, pre-weather update.

Jayden Smith

11/22/2011 07:50 am

A few of my sites that were hit by the October 20th penalty, just had a slight recovery on the 21st


11/22/2011 08:17 am

no probs :)


11/22/2011 08:19 am

None obviously because if a website suffers as a result of any Google algorithm updates then it was doing something wrong in the first place making them not innocent. At least, that should be the case.


11/22/2011 08:32 am

I love Google but the updates makes my head spin. So many changes happened recently.


11/22/2011 11:48 am

That *should* be the case, but it is not. My website, for example, was hit huge on Oct 14th. The website was created to provide information for the swing dance community, but most of the traffic was from college students doing research on the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s (there are several pages on the history, fashion, etc from that time period). The articles were original content written in the '90s. The information is provided for free and we sell no products. Beginning in 2006, we added a couple google ad blocks to offset the cost of running the website, and we ranked pretty high until last month. We do not engage in any kind of black hat practices (although we do link to a website where you can buy an actual old style black hat, but that certainly doesn't count). For the life of me, with one exception, I can not see any reason why we would be hit so badly. The exception is scraper sites and other websites which have quoted our articles (most of them usually — not always — link to where they quoted from). As a result, I've been having to rewrite articles which is horribly time consuming when considering there wasn't anything wrong with them to begin with. The only other option, I can think of, is sending requests to remove our content from other people's sites — or worse — DMCA take-downs (which I don't particular like the concept of). I don't mind people quoting me, I'm not too bothered even if they don't cite their source (sharing the information is a driving force for me), but I am bothered if Google is penalizing me for other people quoting or scraping me, especially if it makes it harder for me to share that information. If it is not the (good-faith) quoting and (bad) scraper sites that are affecting us, then I have no clue what the cause is. We survived all Panda updates (perhaps even benefited from) until the Oct 14th "2.5.3" update. As of the end of last month, I'm operating at a loss and sadly I'm one of those odd people who will keep the website going, even if it means I won't be buying food (it's not, that bad, I'm actually currently eating at homeless shelters, so I do have food). :P Doing something wrong? As far as I can tell, I haven't been doing anything wrong, but I have been affected by the Google Panda update.


11/22/2011 12:17 pm

Hmm, that sounds a genuine enough story although I can't offer any solid advice without looking into your domain in question. Some worthwhile things to look into could include:- * Ensure your website is making use of canonical URL's, at least this specifies the original source of any content within your own domain. * There are various scripts/plugins available or you could even have one custom built that will auto link back to your content if anyone copies or scrapes your content. At least this will be letting Google know that it was your page that it was taken from. We get quite a few websites copy our blog content but have never suffered as a result of this so I would suspect there is a few other issues Google have picked up before the Panda update affected your site. You may also find this of use -

Texas Runner

11/22/2011 05:05 pm

I wish they would just make up their minds...

Workout Supplements

11/22/2011 06:19 pm

We have an interior page on one of our sites that has NO links that constantly ranked #1 has now fallen 4 pages back.  It was about 100 hours of research to create the page.  I guess quality pages no longer rank well :)


11/23/2011 12:16 pm

Google people are Son of bitches they only think in their company no matter who is affected.

Multilingual SEO

11/23/2011 02:42 pm

Google is going towards Quality . websites with Duplicate content issues getting into Dark . thats good think but i am not clear yet how google will tackle Spam problems ? do you have any idea pleas share here that will be great for me . Thanks 


11/24/2011 05:57 pm

I Have Some Problem Can You Explain? When I Post Anything It Is Low For 2 Days But After 2 Days It Is On The Top. I Want To Know Why?

SEO Catalysts

11/25/2011 03:20 pm

This is i think a 1% of affect from Google panda .Not major update...You can check out my latest post on same topic. ----- SEO


11/26/2011 07:14 am

You are ignorant. Take a look at the shit that ranks on page one after the panda updates - it's garbage.


11/26/2011 01:16 pm

I Have Seen Many Autoblogs Ranked Higher Than Human Edited sites why.


11/27/2011 11:20 am

As with anything Google does, or even on the web... It's work in progress. But hey, give me an example and I'll be happy to offer feedback.


12/05/2011 08:51 am

Few quality pages have gone to 2-3 pages back! This applied even for the ones in the first page. By the looks of it, most has happened at .


12/05/2011 02:30 pm

Thanks panda! you have ranked me high ^_^

Multilingual Seo

12/07/2011 11:25 am

When next update will be launch any one tell me i listen from expert Google Panda will launch  new way to stop spammer and in this way if you use copy content search engine remove your sites from his data base i hope if this restrict allow original people come here.


12/20/2011 06:00 pm

SO that's what happened to my site. I was consistently rising due to Panda and my effort to bring quality content then from rank 2 from a super competitive keyword, I sunk lower to rank 7/8/9, dancing. I guest it ain't that bad since I am still on the first page. What's ugly is exact match domain competitors who publish ugly, thin content now rank higher than me. This is nuts. Oh well.


12/26/2011 07:12 am

That is Odd didn't they say there will be no more panda Updates until the end of the Year ? 

Zain ejaz

01/06/2012 04:45 pm

These Pandas broke my heart!!! :(

Rauf Arshad

09/22/2012 11:44 am

Please let me will my site back in google i am facing ranking problems

Rauf Arshad

09/22/2012 11:45 am

You are right spammers sites are on top and they are targeting Fourmes traffic

Rauf Arshad

09/22/2012 11:46 am

Dont worry : just kept posting it was back on track

Rauf Arshad

09/22/2012 11:47 am

Still spamming sites are on the top what the hell is just Panda update doing

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