72% Were Hit By Google's Penguin 1.0 Or 2.0 Algorithm

Sep 5, 2013 • 8:09 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Penguin WaddleGoogle's 2.0 Penguin update went live over 3 months ago and we ran a poll shortly after asking how many of you were impacted by this Penguin update.

We had almost 1,500 responses since launching the poll and the results were pretty significant.

The question was: How Were You Impacted By Google Penguin 2.0?

The results:

  • 53% said I Was Hit By Penguin 2.0
  • 19% said I Was Hit By Penguin 1.0 & Did Not Recover With Penguin 2.0
  • 4% said I Recovered From Penguin 1.0
  • 24% said they were not impacted by any Penguin update

Here is the pie chart:

Google Penguin 2.0 Poll

Tomorrow I will share the did you recover from Penguin 2.0 results.

Forum discussion continued at Google+, Cre8asite Forums, WebmasterWorld, DigitalPoint Forums, Black Hat World and Google Webmaster Help.

Disclaimer: Please see my poll disclaimer post before coming to any conclusions on these results.

This story was scheduled to be posted today and was not written today, as I am offline today.

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Stephane Brault

09/05/2013 02:50 pm

So 72% of your audience is made out of link spammers ;-)

Brent White

09/05/2013 03:45 pm

Thanks for the current and useful information. Nothing like keeping everyone on their toes. Brent White www.GigitalMarketing.com Online Marketing Gigs


09/05/2013 04:41 pm

i think you wrong

Stephane Brault

09/05/2013 05:00 pm

It think it was just a joke ;-)


09/05/2013 05:04 pm

i understand, but this days google penalize (same as ban) every small/medium site, it not matter which hat you have. ;(


09/05/2013 05:38 pm

Nope. 72% of those that filled in the poll were link spammers or had hired an SEO who did link spamming. That doesn't surprise me because SEO websites like this attract people looking to rank quickly and without merit. In the real world, a very small fraction of sites were hit by Penguin.

Guntram Bechtold

09/05/2013 06:31 pm

I agree to Barrys findings. I've just conducted a detailed analysis on Pengiun 2.0, specifically on a High-traffic Wordpress Blog that was penalized. Find the Study here and give me your view: http://www.starsmedia.com/lifed Best regards, Gun


09/05/2013 10:09 pm

For me all sites I manage the rankings went up with this update. Less is more seems to be working, very moderate activity with twitter, adding content, small amount of blog links. A light touch is working well so far


09/05/2013 10:49 pm

Wow, I'm shocked that the returned results were that high! I would have anticipated a far lower return than that to be honest. From a purely blackhat perspective I did some research into how domain size and fresh content affected sites hit by penguin 2 that you can read here: http://www.godoveryou.com/matt-cutts-fumbles-penguin-2-leak I would love to take your sample audience and test my theories and observations on those sites. That would yield an amazing amount of data to look at given the diversity of the sample.


09/05/2013 11:12 pm

In the real world? ckeck this data https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AntEUErTi93DdGZzVjcydDJzd19QTl9nb0ZITXBMOHc#gid=0

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