Google Update Brewing? March 2013

Mar 11, 2013 • 8:23 am | comments (15) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

Google Update BrewingThe ongoing WebmasterWorld thread has a huge spike in chatter over the past 48 hours with speculation around an update.

In the past 48 hours or so there have been over 100 new posts in the thread, all around webmasters and SEO asking if there was some sort of update.

There was a Google attack on a link network recently, which may be related. Normally when Google breaks down a link network take some time, so sites would see the results (i.e. a downgrade in ranking) over the next few days.

But this may not be related to the link network crack down.

It seems many are suspecting a Panda update. We are indeed due a Panda update, it's been almost 7 weeks and we average a Panda update every 4 weeks or so.

Did you see signs of a Panda update?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Aumi Cen

03/11/2013 12:39 pm

Yes i have seen some downgrade in ranking.. it must be a panda update.

Mithilesh Patle

03/11/2013 12:45 pm

No change in rankings until now. Following the update patterns it seems we have a update coming.


03/11/2013 02:23 pm

yea -some UK serps up - many stayed still since wed last week, been stagnant for a while leading up to this. Shes alive!


03/11/2013 02:53 pm

No update over here but I think we need the Penguin to refresh on our end..... Hope they refresh the Penguin soon!

Ben Guest

03/11/2013 03:26 pm

Ruh Roh, George!

Gregory Lancaster

03/11/2013 08:30 pm

I lost all my rankings, and the websites which took my place are 500 word doorway pages. Its rather pathetic google cant properly identify quality when its their primary job. Whats even more pathetic is I am losing money from this, and I am debating about making a lower quality side site to rank up with them.


03/11/2013 09:46 pm

I lost some keyword rankings to a bunch of blogs that weren't even in the top 5 pages 3 months ago. What we really need is a blog Panda, demote all the lazy bloggers that post the same content just because they see it on a site they like. Rank custom coded systems higher, more effort should come with greater reward not less. The major problem is all these turnkey CMS and Blog systems, now any idiot can create a site and call themselves a "Webmaster" while in the process they destroy real, hard-working developers and REAL Webmasters. Google got rid of many networks and scrapers and crappy sites, why are they protecting these useless bloggers that are essentially a manual version, selective copy&paste scraper sites. Should a CMS/Blog site be ranked lower than a manually coded site? Absolutely! Fingerprinting is the solution to all of our problems people! We need Blog/CMS Panda! Don't be afraid of the blogosphere, they're just a bunch of punks and hippies.


03/11/2013 09:55 pm

What makes is worse is now I get to stare at these ugly "Author" faces every time I check the rankings because Google decided to add their photos to the serps. "Author", what did they really author when they just copy and paste content from all over the net and add their piddly few words at the bottom of the post? What a joke!

Jack SEO Consultant - Eemes

03/12/2013 01:58 am

It might be a panda update, but this time link networks will be more affected. Becz google wants to hit hard with the link networks. If its targeting links specifically then i think there might be penguin happening underground testing. Link networks will be in deep problem in the coming days.

Adam Heaton

03/12/2013 09:17 am

Seen a lot of movement recently, have been waiting to see if anyone really picked up on it over the web in case I was just being paranoid. Seen a lot of websites which were once ranking well for a long period of time have dropped badly.

Adam Heaton

03/12/2013 09:20 am

Exactly the same for me, my site has dropped and some awful website which has taken no effort has appeared along with a few others. This sort of stuff is what really upsets me with Google.

Jimmy Maddox

03/12/2013 03:24 pm

I agree. It seems like all the national Directory sites out there that list basic info on companies severely outrank a lot of good sites. ....For exanple, a fly by night company listed with yellowpages can rank in the top 3. Thats all it takes. users dont want to hunt.


03/12/2013 10:46 pm

Its only a matter of time till everything becomes "high quality", taking short cutts is only going to haunt you in the future.


03/12/2013 10:48 pm

Its becomming more and more "high quality" these days. Which is beneficial to those that want to find good contnet.

Brendon Schenecker

03/15/2013 03:24 am

Some type of "Quality" update went down on March 6th. I would love to know how it differed from panda. I have yet to see any winners just losers.

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