Google Panda Refresh On August 19th: Version 3.9.1

Google has confirmed they have pushed out a Panda refresh this past Monday.

This updated affected less than 1% of search queries and is a “minor” Panda refresh. We emailed Google, after hearing speculation of a Panda update and Google confirmed it by tweeting it.

Here is that tweet:

Google has said the Panda updates will be smoother and more consistent going forward, unlike the Penguin update, which will be more jolting.

The previous Panda update was version 3.9 on July 24th, so just about a month ago.

I know at least one Panda “victim” who recovered this past Monday due to this refresh.

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  • Steven

    Wasn’t hit by it personally and not heard from any one I work with that they’ve had any issues so looks like it really was just 1% who were affected. Still that 1% is a lot of people. We’re going to be talking and how you can protect yourself from panda over on my website in the next few days, we’ve been carrying out a few studies recently to see what solutions we can come up with. Good luck to anyone affected.

  • Chrys|SEOPhilippines

    When I read this post, my keyword started to sound “oh-my”. I’m glad none of my keywords was hit. Search engine land is more of a verb than a noun to me.

  • Craig

    If people haven’t understood that they need to get rid of their crappy content…they deserve to be ranked lower….

  • Luis Miguel

    Google are making so many changes that is difficult to find easily the causes.
    I think the change from 10 to 7 results have more impact on traffic to many sites

  • amednikov

    well, let’s see where it leads

  • Andy Sheridan

    Would you pass? ;)

  • Jaan Kanellis

    Yes the amount of changes is difficult to deal with if you are trying to fix what is wrong. The timing is all over the place for some and it is hard to understand cause and effect!

  • Jaan Kanellis

    Would love if Google would publicly take a website that was affected by Panda/Penguin and just walk through what they did wrong and how it should be fixed. This is the transparency all the webmasters and SEO’s are looking for.

  • John

    “This updated affected less than 1% of search queries”… yeap, and this is the % of traffic I recovered after this refresh… 1%… “/

  • Authority Buzz

    Google update and “jolting” is not a good combination!

  • Crocuss

    That’s nice. I hope “This updation and jolting is not a good combination”!

  • Simon N. Reynolds

    They said it was on Monday the 20th.. But you have written Sunday the 19th?

  • Dinesh

    Google Panda along with Google Penguin affect would make even worse…

  • Brad Dalton

    Looks like all my urls are now indexed which hasn’t been the case since Penguin.

    43 url’s that where deindexed after Penguin are now indexed but no rise in traffic

  • Winson Yeung

    Wow, didn’t get affected by this ~1% Google update.

  • Ezel Law Abiding Citizen

    Wow, didn’t get affected by this ~1% Google update.

  • Serge Kay

    just go to they have profession seo master. they can solve ur problem about panda updates.

  • Kaushal Shah

    My website is safe this time I am not using any unethical techquies for manipulating search engine ranking. No change in my website ranking, but littele bit improvement in three keywords.

  • Sanket Patel

    My website is not affected by panda update, So now i am waiting for next penguin updates and ‘jolts’.

  • Arthur Radulescu

    I recovered one of my sites after this Panda Update so Google fixed something that they have broken aprox. 2 months ago, at the beginning of June. I haven’t changed anything on the website since the beginning of June when my rankings started to degrade, as I didn’t think I did anything wrong and my site was quite ok. It seems that this time, Google messed up something that they fixed with this last Panda update and I’m glad they did.

  • Seo Jaipur

    Panda and penguin update both are vital for Google search engine, Matt cutts think about website owner.

  • ESPInfo

    We were seemingly unaffected which isn’t surprising.

  • Brant

    Oddly enough, I did not see any traffic changes on Mon or Tues. I saw a significant change in traffic on Wed at 3PM EST. Does anyone else see similar stuff?

  • Durant Imboden

    Raw numbers can be deceptive (and unnecessarily disturbing). Our Google referrals are off about 2.2 percent this week, compared to the week before, but Bing referrals and direct traffic are down even more. Late August is peak vacation time in much of the developed world, so (based on 15 years as a Web travel publisher) I’d count a drop in Google referrals of only 2.2 percent in late August as a net gain.

  • Fionn Downhill

    John, hell yeah! me too

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  • Fionn Downhill

    Adam, or at least moderated comments to get rid of the spammers

  • Peter Garety

    Awesome! What GPanda does is just great, as now it allows anybody to create authority and compete. Social proof + awesome content is what makes the sale – just like it is in the offline world.

  • Natasha Hawkins

    Really helpful great comment, love to see actual evidence and tracking what you changed. Well done!

  • Olutayo Alao

    Today it will be Google Panda update and tomorrow Google Penguin update. In fact Google is just complicating issues for all webmasters and SEO Experts!

  • Cristy Decan

    Right, should be

  • Stephen Oliver

    Good work

  • Fionn Downhill

    Ditto on a site which I saw return changed IP as well. Ours is a blog and site so the forum fixes did not apply. We removed all RSS on the blog to stop the scrapers and their garbage links.

  • Ben Guest

    Can’t wait to see who’s on Google’s payroll after they have been ordered to release this information in their Oracle lawsuit. People might rethink who they read and listen to…

  • Webstats Art

    My best sites containing high quality content lost traffic and my crappy ones gained. I am laughing when this happens.

  • Rekha Bisht

    Well as this was a small update and I think after Panda update in 2011 all webmasters replaced their duplicate or low quality content with the unique content and after this update I did not find any change in my keywords ranking, but I am scared about next Penguin update which will be more dangerous than the first one according to Matt Cutts.

  • daveintheuk

    Or they could demonstrate it by showing how they would apply it to the thin, scraped, unoriginal, no-added-value content they are serving up as “knowledge” graph… ;-)

  • mlivetech

    I am hit by this panda update, can anybody guide me to recover from it. My web url is

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