Google Panda Now A Year Old But Only 13% Fully Recovered

Feb 24, 2012 • 9:05 am | comments (18) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Panda BirthdayToday is the one year anniversary of when Google released one of the most talked about algorithm updates ever - the Google Panda update.

Here is the history of the update thus far:

Past Panda Updates:

87% Effected Still Not Fully Recovered:

Earlier this month, I ran a new Panda poll asking Did You Recover From Panda? The responses are in and only 13% said they fully recovered, while 87% said they are still suffering from the Panda update. Put another way, 29% said they recovered a little but still are not at levels of pre-Panda Google referrals but 58% said they have not recovered at all!

Google Panda Poll

This number is higher when compared to our 2011 survey which showd 85% haven't fully recovered. Although on this study, I removed the not applicables, so if you include them the results are closer to 70% of those who didn't fully recover. But those who were not impacted have nothing to recover from, so 87% makes more sense.


There is still that ongoing help thread at Google Webmaster Help, it currently has over 8,500 posts in it. But, clearly, for many, they have no clue how to get their sites out of the Panda mess they are in.

We have written over 80 stories in the past year on Panda alone. I won't list them all here, but you can get them by seeing our Panda category.

Search Quality Improve:

Many SEOs will say now, but overall, based on the nasty reviews Google was getting from the core public prior to Panda, I have to say Google accomplished what they wanted with search quality by implementing Panda.

Will it last - no. But I am sure 2012 will have its own Panda. Embrase yourselves SEOs.

Panda Infographic:

Search Engine Land and BlueGlass put together a nice infographic on the year of Panda:

The Google Panda Update, One Year Later

Forum discussion continued at Google Webmaster Help.

Image credit to ShutterStock for Panda birthday.

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Michael Cropper

02/24/2012 02:14 pm

There are some great quotes on how to beat Panda from a few people here 


02/24/2012 03:17 pm

Rollercoaster - its the only way to describe it!! Who knows what 2012 will change....we believe that Panda will soon be forgotten - there will be a new kid on the block soon - maybe 'tiger' or 'elephant'!  One thing is for sure...following the google guidelines & reading between the lines will be more important than off to read this massive list of Panda articles!!!  2pages!! We will be here for a week :-)  


02/24/2012 03:23 pm

For those of us who benefited from the Panda updates I hope it will last or Google will keep up the updates.  For me clean SEO paid off at last.


02/24/2012 04:56 pm

Your 100% right...the only way is to follow the guidelines....then no worries about anything that comes or goes. 


02/24/2012 06:35 pm

Panda is not a panda, if the site is unique and high quality all will be well with him

Keshab Raj Adhikari

02/24/2012 11:46 pm

Nice work Barry and SEL, I like infographic but especially I like birthday cake and Panda :) 

emory @ clickfire

02/25/2012 12:06 am

Can't say I'm that suprised. And it would be interesting to profile those who haven't recovered. I suspect they would largely consist of white hat SEO's who tried to follow the rules given them.


02/25/2012 07:09 am

I cannot believe. people are calling the hit on october 13 a 2.5.2. It should be a new version, for the effect was tremendous. Everyone is trivializing it.

Public Seminars

02/25/2012 04:16 pm

LOL. Maybe next time Google will have Lion so it's more difficult to crack and more guidelines to follow. ;)

greg smith

02/25/2012 04:43 pm

I love your infographic work guys.Keep it coming!

Mohamed Tair

02/27/2012 02:10 am

I love your infographic work guys.Keep it coming!

Ricky Shah

02/28/2012 12:09 pm

Panda is an ominous sign. This year I see not major improvement in SERPs..I'm waiting for Google to roll out a new major update to clean up the mess it made in the past.

Eric Scism

02/28/2012 03:53 pm

Luckily I haven't seen too many negative effects of panda on my site. However I have seen a lot of dancing around. It's always turbulent out there so hopefully the seas will start to settle and there will be a calm soon. 

Webstats Art

03/04/2012 08:15 pm

I love every google panda update because I always increase in traffic. It means that my website is superior in quality, layout and of course engaging content. I could kiss the google panda team if they were here. They have helped my life so much to date.


03/15/2012 02:17 pm

that google panda helps me alot panda always increase my traffic can i adopt just one panda? lol

DC web design

04/19/2012 03:39 am

nice explanation. interesting that panda is the last name of some google employee. sounds like an indian name to me pronounced "Punda". anyways nice illustration.  

Sponsor a Child

05/06/2012 05:18 am

Nice presentation i really like it ...

Reshav Singh

06/06/2012 03:21 pm

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