It has been a very busy month, I believe the busiest month since doing these monthly Google webmaster recaps. As most of you know, I summarize the past month of Google changes as they related to SEO and web search concerns. It is often based off an ongoing WebmasterWorld thread.
This month, the thread has been dominated by the Farmer Update. But it is easy to forget with all that is going on that there were some other major webmaster related occurrences this month in relation to Google.
The month had a few themes:
(1) Farmer/Panda Update
(2) Big Brand Penalties
(3) User Interface & Feature Updates
Below is a break out of our stories in those three categories, followed by a miscellaneous category for other SEO topics related to Google in the past month. And don't forget, you can also see the February 2011 Google report to get up to speed.
- Google: Remove Low Quality Content If You Were Impacted By Farmer/Panda
- I'm Hit! Get Your Google Rankings Back After Farmer/Panda
- How to Regain Your Rankings After the Farmer Update
- SEOs Chew On Wired's Interview With Cutts & Singhal On Farmer Update
- What's Your Name? Farmer Or Panda?
- Was Google Too Hasty with the Farmer Update? SEO's Discuss Good & Bad
- Google Accidentally Label Your Site As A Content Farm? Get Help Here
- Shocking: Google To Tweak Content Farm Algorithm
- Poll: Were You Impacted By The Google Farmer Update?
- Google Farmer Update Support Groups
- Google's Farmer Update Live: 12% Of Google's Results Forever Changed
- Google Warns Of "Big Changes Here Very Shortly"
- Correction: Google's Scraper Algorithm Now Live, Not Content Farms
- Google's Content Farm Algorithm Harm You? Categorize Your Site To Fix It.
- Confirmed: Google's Content Farm Algorithm Live! Sites Are Dropping!
- Google's Next Target: Content Farms & On Page Spam
Big Brand Penalties:
- SEOs Discuss The J.C. Penney Public Google Penalty
- Google Penalizes Forbes For Selling Links, Again
- Overstock.com's Great Rankings Got Them Penalized In Google
User Interface & Features:
- Google Social Search Results Now More Integrated
- Google Adds Recipe View
- Google's New Navigation Bar Rolling Out
- Google: Exploring User Feedback As Ranking Signal Via Chrome Extension
- Google Penalty Removals Happen Two Ways: Manually & Algorithmically
- Google Not Listening To Your Title Tag? You're Not Alone
- IPv6 Support Coming To Google Webmaster Tools
- Google Planning Tighter Integration Between Webmaster Tools & Analytics
- SEO Company Badmouthed In Google Forum But What Happens Next Is Strange
- Na Pohybel Janas: A Google Search Hack?
- SEO Test: HTML Attributes Such As Titles, ALTs, Links, Anchors & More
- Google Removing News Sites But Can't Say Why
- Google's Example Of Improved Spam Quality On Google Search Leaves Us Wanting More
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.