Hi webmasters, Google should be happy because they have announced the 4th release of “Google Penguin Update” “spam-fighting”. But there is some twist in Google Penguin update 4, It is has been rolled out with Penguin 2.0-technology under the cover, which Google describing as it is a new era of technology that should be stopping spam better than before.
Google’s head of spam department Matt Cutts already announced the new Google Penguin 2.0 update during last week on his tweeter profile through a tweet. He was assuring of new Google Penguin Update 2.0 is rolling out soon, which will be the next generation Penguin update.
In his new post on a blog, Matt Cutts added more details on Google Penguin 2.0, saying that the rolling-out is almost completed and will be affecting 2.3% of English queries and that it affects non US English queries as well. He said:
“We have started rolling out the next generation of the Google Penguin spam algorithm this afternoon “22 may, 2013” and this rollout of new Google Penguin is complete. Around 2.3% of queries from English US are affected. The change has also finished rolling out for other-languages worldwide. The scope of Penguin varies by language, e.g. languages with more web spam will see more impact.”
This is the 4th Google Penguin related update launch has done, but as this is an up-dated algorithm and not just a Data-Refresh, we have been referring to this change as Penguin 2.0 within.
Previous Penguin Updates:
Here is a list of Google updates of Penguin which have been rolled-out so far:
- Penguin 1 on April 24, 2012 “impacting ~3.1% of queries”
- Penguin 2 on May 26, 2012 “impacting less than 0.1%”
- Penguin 3 on October 5, 2012 “impacting ~0.3% of queries”
- Penguin 4 on May 22, 2013 “impacting 2.3% of queries”
But after the 1st release, the 2nd and 3rd still were data refreshes of the same basic Penguin algorithm with only minor changes. This 4th release is a major change, so big that Google has referred to it as Google Penguin 2.0 internally.