Confirmed: Google Panda 3.3

Feb 28, 2012 • 8:12 am | comments (31) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Panda 3.3Google is currently running a Panda update, I believe it started sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

A 20 search quality changes post. Google said:

This launch refreshes data in the Panda system, making it more accurate and more sensitive to recent changes on the web.

A senior member said yesterday:

Seeing a huge change yesterday (Sunday 26th) - organic referrals up across the board. Almost 300% increase compared to previous Sunday. Still shooting 50% less than pre-Panda (April 2011), but I removed a lot of content so would expect it to be.

Other webmasters at the forums also took notice but it seems like it is still rolling out. Google said, "a handful [of these updates] are actually rolling out today and tomorrow."

This update is just a "data refresh," like the Panda 3.2 update on January 15th. A data refresh means there were no changes to the Panda algorithm, it means they only ran the algorithm again. So some sites were hit hard and some sites were freed and seeing a boost in traffic. Of course, a data refresh can be serious for sites, if they are on either side of the coin.

Like our one year Panda anniversary poll said, 87% are still suffering from Panda. So I hope many of you benefited from it.

Past Panda Updates:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld, DigitalPoint Forums & Google Webmaster Help.

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Dee em Bee

02/28/2012 03:10 pm

Barry thanks for the Update News. The link(20 search quality) to webmasterworld provided above is incorrect kindly change the link. The provided link is giving 404 error.

Barry Schwartz

02/28/2012 03:12 pm


Michael Cropper

02/28/2012 06:53 pm

I put the date at 15th February based on first hand data:


02/29/2012 05:15 am

I think its 40 changes that google did


02/29/2012 10:21 am

I've just noticed that if I search for a keyphrase without geotargeting (without adding the city), I now am on the first page instead of page 12. Before I was page 1 for keyphrase + city, page 12 without city. Are the search results going a location dependent way? Because that means no position will be absolute anymore... each city will see another, customized list.


02/29/2012 11:41 am

 Lesta, I noticed this today also. At first I thouht it was my ipad so I checked on my Mac. and it's geo targetted.

Kamal veer

02/29/2012 12:16 pm

Yes, i also think that it was just refresh, i did not get any down and ups in ranking.

Dave Fowler

02/29/2012 02:46 pm

Hi Barry, with 3.3 billed as being a data refresh, presumably the answer to the question you posed back on 06 February - "Did Google Just Say Panda Is Now A Rolling Update?" ( - is "No", or at least "Not yet"?  

Barry Schwartz

02/29/2012 02:47 pm

Yes, that is right.

Vi with TruthonMLM

02/29/2012 05:11 pm

My fingers are crossed, my toes are crossed, heck my whole body is crossed on this one - hoping all the hours of editing will pay off! =)

Catherine Thomas

02/29/2012 05:27 pm

After the last update, visits to my site went dramatically down. This month they doubled after not even entering any new posts. After this updates my visits are really really low. Can I expect it to go back up in a few weeks?

Robert Clark

02/29/2012 06:18 pm

This latest refresh seemed to hit a lot of quality sites while leaving many hardcore blackhat sites untouched. This has been the strangest update I have seen in terms of who got hit and who benefited.

Ricky Shah

03/02/2012 02:37 am

It is quite strange. My traffic was doubled on Monday and now it has dropped like anything.  I was happy to see that I recovered from Panda but sadden to know that it was for a very small period of time :(

Mohsin ali

03/02/2012 11:45 am

When will this stupid panda update stop. I badly hit by this time and my organic traffic is decreased 25%.


03/03/2012 12:20 am

One of my best sites has been hit hard by this update (nearly a 50% decrease in traffic in 4 days). My site is of high quality (unique, well-written content that actually provides value to my readers). Up until this latest update it had actually been benefiting from the intermittent Panda updates. I have no clue why my site just got slammed by this most recent one. Really frustrated right now.


03/03/2012 05:30 pm

Like Patrick, I have noticed a similar drop in traffic over the past 5 days or so, and would like to think my site is similar in nature.  Similarly, every previous update resulted in higher rankings and more traffic, making me think I was on the right path with Google.   Any suggestions on what they have targeted this go-round would be highly appreciated...

Webstats Art

03/04/2012 07:52 pm

My website is getting more and more traffic and Panda is wonderful. Google is the best for detecting quality material in my website blog. I guess the people who are complaining here about losing traffic ought to take a look at what quality really means (according to Google ) because if you are losing traffic it means your website sucks. Thumbs up to the folks at google who are sending me all that lovely traffic for free. I love the way the Google supports people like myself and degrades my competitors.

Google Panda

03/04/2012 08:39 pm

may be in future stop sopa action will replaced with 'stop google big brother & him killer-panda'. Quality of google search results going down, i catch myself what i more and more using yahoo&bing which user interfaces is crap - but at least more exact results without wikipedia and youtube than on google now. Also no crappy ads in results everywhere (google never do himself what him want from another peoples).

Panda is the Anti Christ

03/05/2012 10:00 pm

 You can go to hell. I run a quality site that 2 million people have seen and have almost lost everything. Do some research before you open your mouth.


03/06/2012 03:04 am

Go away webstats art and quit comment spamming.  Your response makes zero sense when I read your comment over here: Please get your garbage out of here.

Matt Rhys-Davies

03/06/2012 01:41 pm

I believe it's here to stay and is no longer a 'Panda' update, but now is rather just a Google update. As it now seems to be core to Google improving their results. Which they are doing. I for one welcome 'Panda' / the new Google with open arms.  It does seem quite harsh though as your content looks worthwhile and of high quality.


03/06/2012 04:09 pm

Strange behaviour.... Since the panda update 3.3 when i search using my whole title  as search criteria, google positioning my site  in the first position on second page of results.  All of my articles are on the second page, even below scrapers ( which of course are copying my stories ).  What can i do?


03/06/2012 06:52 pm

Hi Barry.  The first link in this post is wrong as it doesn't have the closing quote.  Right now it says, " A 20 search quality changes post. "  When this one is fixed it looks like the link will be wrong as it has spaces and no double slash after "http:".

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03/11/2012 04:42 pm

Definitely does not seem Google wants a "good user experience" from what I can see. Since the sites I find in my niche are now all controlled by black hat ad filled pages and content locked pages and quality content has dropped significantly (not just my site). This update just made the serps worse in my opinion.

Dimitris Bachtsevanis

03/22/2012 04:31 pm

 It might be a "Google Dance". I suggest to wait and see what is going on because I don't believe that the current rankings are normal. Lots of people have been affected again!


03/23/2012 04:32 pm

Well yes Google has now change its algorithm to Panda 3.3.Now Google emphasis on fresh contents and main point is Google will now be evaluating links as well.So now link building again become more tough task with this link evaluation.If you produce good content and avoid unethical link building strategies, you should be able to avoid any issues with the Panda 3.3 update.


03/26/2012 04:54 pm

After Panda 3.3, quality link building strategies are going to be more popular

Corey Northcutt

03/26/2012 06:59 pm

Thanks for sharing.. by the way, the WebmasterWorld link appears to be broken.


04/01/2012 11:38 am

i have a website totally fresh content no bought links and my webiste has moved forwards plenty my advice is if you cheat dont moant when your PENALISED do it right you will reap what you sew

Marco Berrocal

04/05/2012 05:32 pm

I got hit with this one (for the better). Which I am glad, because the content we roll we try to make it relevant, update it with some consistency and provide the tools for users, not bots. I felt that other sites that ranked above us didn't do this. Glad Google is picking up the ball on this one, majorly.


01/23/2013 06:31 am

Really Thank You for google panda updation

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