Official: Holiday Break For Google Panda Updates

Dec 14, 2011 • 9:05 am | comments (21) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Panda HolidayUpdate: This is now official, Google tweeted that there won't be any new Panda updates until after the holidays. Google tweeted it several hours after we posted this assumption here. I'll embed the tweet at the bottom of this post.

It has been almost a month since the last official Google Panda update, which we named 3.1 and took place on November 18th.

Since then, we had some rumors of updates and fluxes but nothing confirmed from Google.

When I was at Google the other week, I asked if there were any updates. Matt Cutts didn't seem to know off the top of his hand but I know for a fact he has not announced anything since.

I assume at this point, Google will hold off on any major updates to both the search results algorithms and Panda algorithm. They do not want to cause a repeat of the Florida update at the most sensitive time for online retailers or shoppers.

There is a WebmasterWorld thread discussing the lack of Panda updates recently.

Here is the timeline of Panda updates, as you can see, there has been a major gap now since 11/18.

Panda Updates:

For more on Panda, see our Google Panda category.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Image credit to ShutterStock for holiday panda.

The Tweet:

Here is the tweet:

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Prosperity Hut

12/14/2011 02:12 pm

I don't know if this is good news or bad news. Some sites have been hit very badly and now they'll have to wait until next year for any chance of recovery.

Sup Barry

12/14/2011 04:54 pm

If they don't update, I anticipate record profits this quarter. Mark my words Barry.


12/14/2011 07:33 pm

I Think This Is A Bad News Because New Sites In Panda queue will not recover from panda

Rick Bucich

12/14/2011 08:22 pm

Per MC, an update does not necessarily include the possibility of recovery so it is wise to refrain for now and avoid additional collateral damage. Sites both becoming affected and recovering are not necessarily synonymous .

Jayden Smith

12/15/2011 02:56 am

I'm still seeing fluxes in the serps


12/15/2011 06:44 am

its google's disguise :)


12/15/2011 10:37 am

I think Google team, now a days busy in Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools updation. Anyway thanks now a days my website receives relevant traffic

SEO Bhubaneswar

12/15/2011 12:52 pm

Every time Google rolls out any panda update, that directly hits USA websites first, unlike any other websites suffixed by its country code.

Frases Romanticas

12/15/2011 01:25 pm

Well This is Smart Move By Google! Rather Then Updating new update in Peak Time it is wise approach to Sustain the Previous One! As Far as Those Webmaster who Lost Their SERP due to panda update well they have to wait Till Next Year! 


12/15/2011 01:28 pm

Because after all, a panda's not just for Christmas.

Event Checklist

12/15/2011 02:23 pm

Hopefully Google mark his words.

Art Science Web

12/15/2011 03:07 pm

Retailers would be super pissed if they had to quadruple their SEM spend during the holidays. There would be an enormous hate on Google party. Typically Google doesn't make many changes in late Q4 regardless.

Spam lover

12/15/2011 05:05 pm

Wow, I'm so glad they decided not to screw with it right now.  It's so easy finding great reviews of gifts I'm thinking of giving my loved ones.  Like 'best coffee maker'.  Love all the spam.   Thanks, Google, for giving us those great results (NOT)!


12/15/2011 06:53 pm

do shady things and expect to get dropped.

seocompany delhi

12/16/2011 06:14 am

Glad that it is all so true...

Link Builder

12/16/2011 09:46 am

Great info - lets hope they stick to it . Retweeting :)

Nick Stamoulis

12/16/2011 02:11 pm

It's great that Google is being more transparent regarding algorithm updates.  It may be quiet now, but I'm sure 2012 will have lots in store for us.  


12/17/2011 02:31 am

I'm lost.  What's Google Panda?

sandeep kumar

12/17/2011 08:14 pm

my 4 month old blog is showing improvement in google traffic from last 15 days.... am i out of sandbox ?


12/19/2011 10:47 pm

This is complete BS. Several sites that I work with are seeing major fluctuations in rankings. Granted most of them are affiliate based but Google is definitely up to something.

Lynn R Davis

12/23/2011 04:39 pm

I suppose we all know by now this is not true. I noticed a drop in traffic and sales between the 15th-19th so I checked on one of my key words and the site is nowhere to be found. I don't believe ANYTHING that Google says and I certainly don't believe any of it is "official".

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