Finally, Google Begins Rolling Out Panda 4.2 Is Here After Waiting Almost 10 Months

Finally, Google Begins Rolling Out Panda 4.2 Is Here After Waiting Almost 10 Months


Google says Search Engine Land that Panda refresh began this weekend, and many of you may not have noticed because this rollout is happening incredibly slowly. Google also said that the update can take two months to fully roll out because it will slowly impact your site.

Google’s Panda algorithm is designed to prevent sites with poor-quality content from working their way into Google’s top search results. This is still a site-wide algorithm. So immediately you cannot see a change in some of your web pages.

The previous Panda refresh was on September 25, 2014 and labeled Panda 4.1. The update was made on almost 10 months ago. Google said that the previous was the 28th update, but I would coin this 29th or 30th update, because Google saw small fluctuations in October 2014.

The rollout means anyone who was penalized by Panda in the last update has a chance to rise if they made the appropriate changes. If your site were hit by previous Panda update, you unfortunately won’t notice the full impact immediately but you should see changes in your organic rankings gradually over time.

Google told us that Panda 4.2 affects different languages to different degrees. For example, 2-3% of English language queries that are affected to a degree that a regular user might notice.

Here are the previous confirmed Panda updates,

Panda Update 1 — AKA Panda 1.0 — Feb. 24, 2011

11.8% of queries; announced; English in US only

Panda Update 2 — AKA Panda 2.0 — April 11, 2011

2% of queries; announced; rolled out in English internationally

Panda Update 3 — May 10, 2011

Did not make any change; confirmed, not announced

Panda Update 4 — June 16, 2011

Did not make any change; confirmed, not announced

Panda Update 5 — July 23, 2011

Did not make any change; confirmed, not announced

Panda Update 6 — Aug. 12, 2011

6-9% of queries in many non-English languages; announced

Panda Update 7 — Sept. 28, 2011

Did not make any change; confirmed, not announced

Panda Update 8 — AKA Panda 3.0 — Oct. 19, 2011

2% of queries; belatedly confirmed

Panda Update 9 — Nov. 18, 2011

Less than 1% of queries; announced

Panda Update 10 — Jan. 18, 2012

Did not make any change; confirmed, not announced

Panda Update 11 — Feb. 27, 2012

Did not make any change; announced

Panda Update 12 — March 23, 2012

1.6% of queries impacted; announced

Panda Update 13 — April 19, 2012

Did not make any change; belatedly revealed

Panda Update 14 — April 27, 2012

Did not make any change; confirmed; first update within days of another

Panda Update 15 — June 9, 2012

1% of queries; belatedly announced

Panda Update 16 — June 25, 2012

1% of queries; announced

Panda Update 17 — July 24, 2012

1% of queries; announced

Panda Update 18 — Aug. 20, 2012

1% of queries; belatedly announced

Panda Update 19 — Sept. 18, 2012

Less than 0.7% of queries; announced

Panda Update 20 — Sept. 27, 2012

2.4% English queries, impacted, belatedly announced

Panda Update 21 — Nov. 5, 2012

1.1% of English-language queries in US; 0.4% worldwide; confirmed, not announced

Panda Update 22 — Nov. 21, 2012

0.8% of English queries were affected; confirmed, not announced

Panda Update 23 — Dec. 21, 2012

1.3% of English queries were affected; confirmed, announced

Panda Update 24 — Jan. 22, 2013

1.2% of English queries were affected; confirmed, announced

Panda Update 25 — March 15, 2013

Confirmed as coming; not confirmed as having happened

Panda Update 26 — July 18, 2013

Confirmed, announced

Panda Update 27 — AKA Panda 4.0 — May 20, 2014

7.5% of English queries were affected; confirmed, announced

Panda Update 28 — AKA Panda 4.1 — Sept. 25, 2014

3-5% of queries were affected; confirmed, announced

Panda Update 30 — AKA Panda 4.2 — July 18, 2015

2-3% of queries were affected; confirmed, announced