Confirmed: Google Panda Refresh #22 On November 21st; 0.8% Of Queries Impacted

Google has confirmed that they ran a refresh to the Google Panda algorithm on Wednesday, November 21st.

On November 20th, we asked Google about a Panda refresh – since we were fairly confident there was some sort of update. Google told us there was no update but an update would be coming within 7 to 10 days. The update came a day later, not several days later.

This would make this the 22nd Panda refresh we’ve tracked. The 21st Panda refresh was on November 5th and impacted about 1.1% of English queries. This update, Google told us 0.8% of English queries were affected to a degree that a regular user might notice.

Here are all the releases so far for Panda:

  1. Panda Update 1, Feb. 24, 2011 (11.8% of queries; announced; English in US only)
  2. Panda Update 2, April 11, 2011 (2% of queries; announced; rolled out in English internationally)
  3. Panda Update 3, May 10, 2011 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)
  4. Panda Update 4, June 16, 2011 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)
  5. Panda Update 5, July 23, 2011 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)
  6. Panda Update 6, Aug. 12, 2011 (6-9% of queries in many non-English languages; announced)
  7. Panda Update 7, Sept. 28, 2011 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)
  8. Panda Update 8, Oct. 19, 2011 (about 2% of queries; belatedly confirmed)
  9. Panda Update 9, Nov. 18, 2011: (less than 1% of queries; announced)
  10. Panda Update 10, Jan. 18, 2012 (no change given; confirmed, not announced)
  11. Panda Update 11, Feb. 27, 2012 (no change given; announced)
  12. Panda Update 12, March 23, 2012 (about 1.6% of queries impacted; announced)
  13. Panda Update 13, April 19, 2012 (no change given; belatedly revealed)
  14. Panda Update 14, April 27, 2012: (no change given; confirmed; first update within days of another)
  15. Panda Update 15, June 9, 2012: (1% of queries; belatedly announced)
  16. Panda Update 16, June 25, 2012: (about 1% of queries; announced)
  17. Panda Update 17, July 24, 2012:(about 1% of queries; announced)
  18. Panda Update 18, Aug. 20, 2012: (about 1% of queries; belatedly announced)
  19. Panda Update 19, Sept. 18, 2012: (less than 0.7% of queries; announced)
  20. Panda Update 20 , Sep. 27, 2012 (2.4% English queries, impacted, belatedly announced
  21. Panda Update 21, Nov. 5, 2012 (1.1% of English-language queries in US; 0.4% worldwide; confirmed, not announced)
  22. Panda Update 22, Nov. 21, 2012 (0.8% of English queries were affected; 0.4% worldwide; confirmed, not announced)

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  • donthe

    All my sites have large drops in traffic starting on the Wendsday because Thursday was the beginning of Thanksgiving weekend. Most had returned to normal traffic by the following Monday.

  • Gary R Beal

    I didn’t see any changes until this morning. I am in Malta but searching on a US IP on Google US. Potentially its wake.

  • BL Healthcare

    Late news. This was already reported by related-contents

  • Dan

    i’ve been badly affected. My site is a news (oddities, bizarre, humor) site and my visits have been cut by half! I dont’ copy/paste, I search for videos and videos for my posts but the big G has thrown me to the second and third page results! thanks God is Facebook and now most of my visits come from there… too bad G oogle is doing this to us.

  • Best Binocular Reviews

    It is interesting as everyone who comments here sees a refresh as a bad thing and a drop in rankings – surely for every drop in ranking someone must be rising – so a refresh could be good news for you.

  • ElectMedia

    Nice, only if every update was like that.

  • Caitlin Roberts

    When someone loses traffic others win it, people simply don’t vanish from the Internet. I guess that is why my site traffic just shoot up,thanks Google.

  • SEO Inspection

    It’s a silly statistic to quote. Those could be very high traffic queries. Google should state the percent position changes from the 1.1% of queries. That’s the effect.

  • bruce

    it badly affected many of the sites, most of them lost their rankings and traffic and some of them gained traffic and ranking.

  • Sarah Jones

    One of my site also got affected by this update, but now I have figured it out what’s the issue and how to get it back in rankings.

  • Karthik Raja runns normally !!

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