Google Penguin & Panda Talk Now In Coffee Shops & Elementary School

As Google becomes more mainstream you hear random people in coffee shops, the grocery store, church and even kids in elementary school talking about Google’s updates.

Google’s head of search, Amit Singhal, tweeted early this morning that he was at a local Starbucks and overheard a conversation that proved to him that Google’s latest updates were doing their job.

He tweeted:

Search Engine Journal has a story from Glenn Gabe where he shared his experience talking to a classroom of 13 year olds in a local middle school. He discussed how Google works and even talked about the Penguin and Panda updates.

After his presentation he received a package of letters from some of the students with notes about his presentation and what impact it made on them. He quoted some for everyone to see:

I never knew much about blogs and how writing has to be high quality on the internet. I learned that it is extremely important to write effective information on the web, or it will be wiped off the internet by Pandas.
What I found really interesting was the use of Panda and Penguin algorithm updates by Google. I also learned that just because a website ranked #1 in Google doesn’t mean it’s there because of how reliable it was, but because of their money.

I found Amit’s and Glenn’s stories as a sign of the growth of the SEO industry and how significant SEO, Google and search is in every day life for every day people.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: SEO | SEM Industry: General

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  • Lee Robertson

    The problem is nothing works anymore except having deep pockets and running adwords. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746556761 Raymond Sim

    yeah yeah, they roll out the nonsense and start to tweet crap that never happen just to make users believe their so called algorithimic Penguin works. 

    now im gonna tweet that a table beside me saying that “my expenses on Adwords is converting damn well”. im at starbucks as well. boat load of crap. 

  • http://openid.aol.com/casualposter123 cardealer68

     So someone said “With Google Panda and Penguin our tricks don’t work.” at a Starbucks? Uh, Ok. Let me load my Adwords account to improve my rank, because I just don’t buy this.

    Google has gone pay to play and they are desperately trying to hide this.

    Next time use more casual words Amit, this is too obvious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cafeauto.vietnam CafeAuto Vietnam

    it is most evident is the dramatic fall of a number of keywords.google him increasingly more difficult to spam.

  • http://twitter.com/SherrieSea Sherrie Sea

    I work in SEO. This is my life, and I have seen it affect someones site. I see the back end of everything. It’s a boat load of truth and Google means business. SEOMOZ.ORG is a good place to go for reliable facts. Trust me, this is my career.

  • http://twitter.com/SherrieSea Sherrie Sea

    False, please see my comment below. Natural SEO from professionals like myself get the job done, and for way cheaper than advertising.

  • http://www.amphasisdesign.com Corporate Gifts

    Something is confirmed, that is penguin is doing it jobs. That is penalize site that buy links. But it is not providing better search result. To be frank i would say that it is those website owners that buy links that really care about the website, be it content or appearance of the website.

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