Google Panda Update During Holidays? Panda 3.2

Dec 22, 2011 • 8:59 am | comments (23) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Panda HolidayThere is discussion and chatter at WebmasterWorld around a possible Panda update that started on December 19th.

There is discussion around shifting of the search results and a top SEO at WebmasterWorld said "I wonder whether there has been a "Minor Panda update" since Dec 19, 2011." Many agree with him.

Why an emphasis on "minor"? Google said last week there would be no major Panda updates until the new year.

Like I said, several SEOs at WebmasterWorld strongly believe there was an update on December 19th. If that is the case, I believe we are up to version 3.2 of the Panda updates.

Panda Updates:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Image credit to ShutterStock for holiday panda.

Update: Matt Cutts replied to questions on this on Twitter, without confirming or denying an update. He did make sure to repeat that there would be no "large" or "major" Panda updates. Here is the tweet:

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Alex Genadinik

12/22/2011 02:15 pm

Yeah I started seeing a very modest recovery around that time for and saw upticks of search traffic from Google every day since.  Prior to that is was a relative flatline for a long time. But the recovery is not as people have described in the past where its a steep rise up. Its kind of gradual.

Mohamed Tair

12/22/2011 02:53 pm

Thanks for this interesting informations! But i dit not seen any changes for my blog !! Thanks again ;)

Tauseef Muhammad

12/22/2011 03:34 pm

I am sure there is an update. I see my site fall couple spots for some keywords. Well! I hope major update will have some relief. 


12/22/2011 04:54 pm

I'm sure its happened. My sites appreciated 22% in traffic (fell in AdSense revenue though). Well, ceste la vie.


12/22/2011 05:32 pm

First of all, placing link on comment can only throw a few visit, it will not transfer any ranking, so friend don't do that. For me there is not so much changes on this update, just 10+~ . Thank you Barry for update


12/22/2011 06:54 pm

yes i have seen almost 2% changes in my searches keyword

Barry Schwartz

12/22/2011 08:24 pm

Added a quick update from Matt Cutts of Google on this post.  Although, it doesn't confirm or deny it.

Jayden Smith

12/23/2011 02:31 am

There was a minor update, a few of my panda hit sites rebounded (but not back to their original position),

sandeep kumar

12/23/2011 06:02 am

Yes even i saw a drop in google traffic for my almost 80% drop. What to do to recover from it. my blog is 5 month old.

Google Hate SEOs

12/23/2011 09:16 am

The rankings and traffic of our eCommerce website have plummeted this week, starting on the evening of 19th and worsening each day since, so this would fit. If it is another Panda update, then thanks a f*cking bunch, Google - what a Christmas present. And that tweet response from Matt Cunts - how incredibly disingenuous - "correct, no large Panda updates...". Feels pretty f*cking large to me right now. Google shouldn't preach about honesty and transparency when they don't adhere to those values themselves. F*cking outrageous.

Sunny Ujjawal

12/23/2011 12:17 pm

Image credit to ShutterStock for holiday panda. This image is temporarily unavailable

Barry Schwartz

12/23/2011 12:19 pm

Not much I can do about that.

Laxmi Narayan

12/23/2011 01:17 pm

I read some where that google panda will update on next year. 


12/23/2011 03:14 pm

Hello Barry Schwartz i have seen a blog copying from here why you are not taking action against them.See:


12/23/2011 06:27 pm

Yes!  I have see this exact thing around this time.  Some of our keywords went from 1st page to below 60. 

ravi shrivastav

12/24/2011 12:00 pm

Lets hope, google update the pr on 31 dec, as they did on 31 dec 2010


12/26/2011 10:32 pm

dropped from #3 to #5.   


12/27/2011 08:52 am

No impact to the current ranking of

Buy Facebook Fans

12/27/2011 12:55 pm

Yeah its a minor update and i think its a last update because google will try to update its algorithm again.

Toronto SEO Guy

12/27/2011 05:59 pm

We have seen the same with our clients.  Some keywords benefited slightly from the change, most appear unaffected.  For a small percentage of keywords though ( 22 keywords out of 632), there are extreme drops some drops of 50 positions or more. We seen the same thing following the Panda Update that hit this past fall.  Hopefully we will also see the same slight correction that followed - flux.

Nonoy Avellanosa

01/15/2012 04:57 am

I heard from one reputable SEO site that the next update will be in February 2012. Hope it will happen so by old traffic comes back.


01/18/2012 02:16 pm

To Provide better experience to it's user, Google Launches a panda update that mainly penalized those website or webpages who uses duplicate content.


01/25/2012 06:41 am

What are the cautions for 2012 as we have already suffered a lot

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