You Missed The Google Panda 3.6 Update

May 4, 2012 • 8:18 am | comments (22) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Panda 3.6 UpdateA week ago tonight, Google pushed out a small, almost unnoticeable Panda refresh. Most SEOs didn't notice but we did notice something and reported the flux in our May 2012 Google report.

Yesterday, I received confirmation from Google on the update telling me this was a very minor Google Panda refresh. Google said:

We're continuing to iterate on our Panda algorithm as part of our commitment to returning high-quality sites to Google users. This most recent update is one of the over 500 changes we make to our ranking algorithms each year.

That is a lot for a couple weeks. We had negative SEO debates, a parked domain bug, Panda 3.5 refresh and Penguin slap us all in a very short time span and then 8 days after the Panda 3.5, we had a Panda 3.6 refresh.

Why so soon? Why only 8 days between 3.5 and 3.6 when we typically see 6 weeks or more between Panda refreshes? Google has not told me why. Maybe there was an issue? Maybe Google often does these minor updates and no one really notices or asks Google? Who knows but there was a Panda refresh about a week ago on April 27th and I wanted to document it.

Past Panda Updates:

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Prabin Kumar Sahu

05/04/2012 01:54 pm

very nice article.... thnx a lot Barry... cheers up!

SEO Catalysts

05/04/2012 04:29 pm

Woah..amazing..another update and many seo would be flushed :)


05/04/2012 08:14 pm

Can't believe just how many updates they've been over the past year!

Webstats Art

05/04/2012 09:23 pm

Who is calling this Panda flushing?


05/04/2012 11:58 pm

So confusing and so much harder to figure out what has caused my site to get hit. My traffic and rankings started to fluctuate on the 27th and then seem to have permanently settled the last two days. With penguin rolling out on the 24th I thought that maybe it was still going out for the days after too. I guess if panda 3.6 is confirmed then this is what has affected my site so thanks for finding and posting this.

Ngoc Thuy

05/05/2012 06:29 am

 :(, panda 3.6 google update, my keywords not top

Web Directory

05/05/2012 10:06 am

I want to know more about last panda algorithm.


05/05/2012 01:22 pm

ng out on the 24th I thought that maybe it was still going out for the days after too. I guess if panda 3.6 is confirmed then this is what has affected my site so thanks for finding and posting this. Thiết Kế Web  


05/05/2012 04:43 pm

I got hit by panda 3.6, lost 70% of traffic. Thanks Google :)

Jon Good

05/05/2012 09:45 pm

I have a very small business that is struggling and I had a fair amount of traffic. We were on the second page of Google for the keyword "hot sauce" around position 20, now with the update we dropped to position 156. Thanks Google from


05/06/2012 04:00 am

google want to create total unstability. With all this changes so hard to understand what to do now. And new update every x days, what the shit!!! we creating content, but looks no more rules anymore. (c)-google search unstability team

Brook Zimmatore

05/06/2012 05:57 pm

I am managing 63 websites and it's all quite simple guys. 5 of the sites we started managing 5 years ago when "digests" were cool and snippets pulled from other sites was considered useful and good practice have all dropped about 70%. Leaving us with hundreds if not over a thousand articles to modify and update for Panda. The rest of them which follow the current google quality guidelines exactly have increased with the Panda updates with miraculous jumps from pages as low as 15 to page 1 or 2.  The main problem here is that Google has not considered the fact that THEY allowed this practice of SEO several years ago and now they are in fact saying "ooops, we have decided we don't like this and you will get penalized". So in summary: Message to Google: Seeing as you said many of the practices still visible on sites today were ok, why not give some lenience to sites with domains older than Panda? Message to all of you: Start going back over your site from the beginning and make sure it follows the Google Quality Guidlines Otherwise, stay alert and diligent! Panda really needs a PR to manage it's releases...

Leila Morris

05/06/2012 06:05 pm

Thanks for some great insight


05/06/2012 06:37 pm

Why Google doing this in installments. It is better to infrom every one about panda Update  in advance.


05/07/2012 06:00 am

hmmmmm, panda, penguin and what's next?

Kamalpreet Singh

05/07/2012 06:19 am

after then Shark :P I am safe because my website have no-any bad or un-natural link. but Now i am going to change its on-page according to google webmaster tool. After then on-one panda-Shanda hit me. HA HA


05/07/2012 06:39 am

then Anaconda....

John Bocata

05/07/2012 04:26 pm

Google is doing this to leave only quality sites in the top 10 of the rankings. Try to use natural backlinking, diversify anchor text and write quality content , you will then be fine.


05/08/2012 05:56 am

then pokemon


05/14/2012 08:20 pm

hi guys i just want to know.. when will be the next panda update? my site has drop significantly due to panda effect but for now i have made a new one.. since my old site cant gain traffic anymore :( anyways try to visit my new site sometimes.


06/16/2012 01:44 pm

I took a small hit with these new panda updates. they say its to get the older quality sites ranking higher for the user. I don't know, I saw mine and a couple other sites that have been around 12 years fall and a new site that has been online for only 7 months (obviously with not natural backlinks move up to # 1 spot. So google can still be fooled by folks who know how. Bing has it together, that new site doesn't even show up on Bing.


11/18/2012 11:56 am

I hardly see any change needed to my tactics since I use quality backlinks from the start. I don't build link myself anymore but I currently order link services and they work really well. One of my favorite is link pyramid. It really works. I always order from here:

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