But now I am seeing an uptick in chatter as of this morning, October 5th, of changes to the Google search results. Many are saying it is Penguin related but I have no real way to verify without Google doing so - and they won't.
The WebmasterWorld thread has these quotes for me to share:
Seeing changes this morning. Those positive results that we saw initially seem to be sliding back to near where we were pre-penguin 'launch' date.
We've just seen some massive improvements across most keywords. Doesn't stick for too long (probably just different data centres). Hope it's a sign of things to come. UK Travel sector.
1 Sept - big rise in rankings.
15 Sept - ranking reverted to pre 1 Sept and possibly lower. Remained like this with slight fluctuation until 1 October.
2 October - briefly saw big rise in rankings, only stuck for 15 mins or so.
5 Oct - saw biggest improvement in ranking ever, some 50+. Still not sticking but definitely visible more often when I check my ranking checker.
Guys, we are seeing major changes across sites with problematic history. Most are very positive. i think Penguin is actually reaching UK shores! (will post on Penguin thread also)
Here is a quote from a new Black Hat World thread:
Big link popularity website (over 50,000 BL), remove an entire 30 PBN links 2 days ago that have been established over the last 1.8 years (some might think I'm crazy), a HUGE jump up in rankings, ranking nationwide phrases and more.
The tools are all typically hot but the only ones really updated for today are RankRanger and maybe AccuRanker. RankRanger is actually on fire, I didn't check it until towards the end of writing this story, here is a screen shot:
Here is one tweet thus far:
I asked some of my Penguin gurus to check as well and I will update this story within an hour when I hear back.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.