Google Panda Update Version #24; 1.2% Of Search Queries Impacted

Google has announced a new Panda refresh, making this version number 24.

This refresh has a noticeable impact 1.2% of English based queries according to Google.

The previous confirmed update was #23 and it impacted 1.3% of English queries on December 21, 2012. Prior to that was a refresh on November 21st that impacted 0.8% of queries. It seems like Google is now rolling out these updates every 4 weeks or so.

Last week there were significant reports of a Google update, which Google denied.

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; confirmed, not announced)
  23. Panda Update 23, Dec. 21, 2012 (1.3% of English queries were affected; confirmed, announced)
  24. Panda Update 24, Jan. 22, 2013 (1.2% of English queries were affected; confirmed, announced)

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  • Vladut Ciobotaru

    I am from Romania and one of my sites that ranked 12 on the 16th, was ranked 450 on the 17th and now it`s ranked 240, but i`ve read that UK was hit the hardest.

  • erick barnes

    Please 1.3% I would love for the general public to understand how Google search is no longer relevant. You don’t need google to tell you that Home Depot has tools do you? Use bing or something else people.

  • Phil Singleton

    Every 4 weeks? We are seeing Google re-shuffling SERPs every 2-3 weeks.

  • Jeroen Waning

    Yeah, it seems like they are somewhat reversing that big EMD update from end of 2012…?

  • Graham Rowe

    Definitely affected sites with spun content backlinks

  • Andrea Freygang

    I would say there’s been major updates in both maps and organic as I’ve been having quite a time with one of my clients who has been #1 for a long time in various terms. First we got dumped from the maps after an unknown call to the client (he’s in trees all day so not sure what was discussed) and we finally got it resolved then one of his competitors was tied to his map location. the questions were tied to service areas. We then spent time updating the listing to whatever policies they claim knocked it (service areas). We got put back on the maps after much emailing to Google with a WTF message since it was so out of the blue. We submit to Google Plus to get it up there and then they re-instate places for us finally. Then we get three phone calls about it and removed again with a refusal to speak to me the marketing person. Finally our map listing is back but our organic listing (#1 spot) was completely removed. Conveniently enough our competitor is advertising, so we are researching that. But this just seems odd that we were completely knocked out of organic. You can find the company (Coral Springs Tree) if you search by name but organic searches such as tree services coral springs doesn’t pull up organically. Now we are second in maps to the advertiser competitor Kinne Tree Service. I have another client ( I didn’t set up his page) who has been removed as well from places completely.

  • Bruce Smeaton

    No…lol. “Impacted” means “one body of matter colliding with another”… the word you’re looking for is “COMPACTED!!!”

  • Diane Marie Kamer

    Actually, as someone who worked as a nurse’s aide during summers all throughout college, I can attest that “impacted” does mean what GreenToWin says it does. However, this meaning has a very strict, narrow application relevant only to the medical field. And no, you don’t want to know.

  • Muhammad Qasim

    By announcing such sort of updates, it seems like Google must be giving tough time twice than that in future.

  • cma6

    In my category, “vintage clothing”, the big update was in 11/12, when the 10-12 dealer sites that had been top ranked for 5+ years all disappeared from the rankings. They have not reappeared at all in the rankings since then. I have read that the Google refresh removed many top sites because of, not despite, the many links into their sites. But who knows?

  • James Simmons

    People who work as a SEO specialist always want to know about Google panda updates, here are all history about Google Panda updates are good. SEO people easily get ideas about changes of Google updates.

  • Marcus Tarrant

    Jamie, I tend to agree. In looking at the key search terms for our websites, I have found that google has de-prioritised all sites with a checkout. In my belief this is because sites with a checkout will pay for Adwords to keep their position. This may be sceptical, but seems to be very accurate for our key search terms.

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