Google Updates Cheat Sheet

Google Update Cheat Sheet

Here this is the Cheat Sheet where we have tried to include each and every Google Updates. You can go through the every update with the help of given Source Links.


Time Updates Effect Sources
8 March, 2017 Fred Update Gary Illyes jokingly referred to is as “Fred”, and the name stuck, but he later made it clear that this was not an official confirmation. Source Link
10 January, 2017 Intrusive Interstitial Penalty Google started rolling out a penalty to punish aggressive interstitials and pop-ups that might damage the mobile user experience. Source Link
23 September, 2016 Penguin 4.0 They suggested the new Penguin is now real-time and baked into the “core” algorithm Source Link
1 September, 2016 Possum Update Drop in local pack prevalence Source Link
17 July, 2015 Panda 4.2 The impact was unclear Source Link
21 October, 2014 Pirate 2.0 More than two years after the original DMCA/”Pirate” update, Google launched another update to combat software and digital media piracy Source Link
17 October, 2014 Penguin 3.0 This update appeared to be smaller than expected (<1% of US/English queries affected) and was probably data-only (not a new Penguin algorithm) Source Link
23 September, 2014 Panda 4.1 Google announced a significant Panda update, which included an algorithmic component. They estimated the impact at 3-5% of queries affected. Given the “slow rollout,” the exact timing was unclear. Source Link
6 August, 2014 HTTPS/SSL Update After months of speculation, Google announced that they would be giving preference to secure sites, and that adding encryption would provide a “lightweight” rankings boost. They stressed that this boost would start out small, but implied it might increase if the changed proved to be positive. Source Link
24 July, 2014 Pigeon Update Google shook the local SEO world with an update that dramatically altered some local results and modified how they handle and interpret location cues. Google claimed that Pigeon created closer ties between the local algorithm and core algorithm(s). Source Link
19 May, 2014 Panda 4.0 about 7.5% of English-language queries were affected. Source Link
4 October, 2013 Penguin 2.1 The overall impact seemed to be moderate, although some webmasters reported being hit hard. Source Link
20 August, 2013 Hummingbird changes to semantic search and the Knowledge Graph for months to come Source Link
22 May, 2013 Penguin 2.0 The exact nature of the changes were unclear, Source Link
27 September, 2012 Exact-match Domain (EMD) Google announced a change in the way it was handling exact-match domains Source Link
18 September, 2012 Panda 3.9.2 Ranking flux was moderate but not on par with a large-scale algorithm update. Source Link
20 August, 2012 Panda 3.9.1 impact seemed to be fairly small. Source Link
10 August, 2012 Pirate Update Google announced that they would start penalizing sites with repeat copyright violations, Source Link
24 July, 2012 Panda 3.9 Google claimed ~1% of queries were impacted. Source Link
25 June, 2012 Panda 3.8 much smaller impact than Panda 3.7 Source Link
8 June, 2012 Panda 3.7 Ranking fluctuation data suggested that the impact was substantially higher than previous Panda updates (3.5, 3.6) Source Link
25 May, 2012 Penguin 1.1 This confirmed that Penguin data was being processed outside of the main search index, much like Panda data. Source Link
27 April, 2012 Panda 3.6 It was unclear its impact. Source Link
24 April 2012 Penguin Update Penguin adjusted a number of spam factors, including keyword stuffing Source Link
19 April, 2012 Panda 3.5 This update was with minimal impact Source Link
23 March, 2012 Panda 3.4 Google’s public statements estimated that Panda 3.4 impacted about 1.6% of search results. Source Link
27 February, 2012 Panda 3.3 This came just 3 days after the 1-year anniversary of Panda, an unprecedented lifespan for a named update. Source Link
18 January, 2012 Panda 3.2 It was unclear how this fit into the “Panda Flux” scheme of more frequent data updates. Source Link
18 November, 2011 Panda 3.1 Some analysits called it 3.1 after 2.5 because there were changes on high rate. Source Link
5 October, 2011 Panda (Flux) Sites were affected by ~2% Source Link
28 September, 2011 Panda 2.5 It was unclear its affect Source Link
12 August, 2011 Panda 2.4 Google rolled Panda out internationally, both for English-language queries globally and non-English queries except for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Google reported that this impacted 6-9% of queries in affected countries. Source Link
23 July, 2011 Panda 2.3 Affected Data and Ranking Factors Source Link
28 June, 2011 Google+ New Social Media From Google Source Link
21 June, 2011 Panda 2.2 Impacted Sites and Data Source Link
2 June, 2011 Google, Yahoo and Microsoft jointly announced support for a consolidated approach to structured data. Source Link
9 May, 2011 Panda 2.1 These changes weren’t discussed in detail by Google and seemed to be relatively minor. Source Link
11 April, 2011 Panda 2.0 Google rolled out the Panda update to all English queries worldwide Source Link
23 February, 2011 Panda Update Panda seemed to crack down on thin content, content farms, sites with high ad-to-content ratios, and a number of other quality issues. Source Link
February, 2009 Canonical Tag Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo jointly announced support for the Canonical Tag, allowing webmasters to send canonicalization signals to search bots without impacting human visitors. Source Link
June, 2005 XML Sitemap Google allowed webmasters to submit XML sitemaps via Webmaster Tools, Source Link
January, 2005 Nofollow Attribute Nofollow helps clean up unvouched for links, including spammy blog comments Source Link
September, 2002 1st Documented Update Updates are unclear but it appeared to be Monthly PageRank Update Source Link
December, 2000 Google Tool Bar Google Launched their Browser Toolbar & Toolbar Page Rank Source Link


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