What is Google Panda update?

Jul 03, 2015

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Owen Gaudion

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Owen Gaudion

Introduced in February 2011, the Google Panda update aims to remove poor quality content from the search results.

The Google Panda filter can affect the ranking of an entire site or section not just the individual page which has poor quality or duplicate content.

Poor quality/thin/duplicate content should be removed or blocked from being indexed by search engines. Content can be rewritten but it needs to be not only unique but also relevant and high quality. It is important to write content for your audience not for search engines.

Panda Updates


Name of Update

Officially Affected

23rd Feb 2011

First Panda Update

Affected about 12% of search queries

11th April 2011

Panda 2.0

Rolled out to all English queries worldwide

9th May 2011

Panda 2.1


21st June 2011

Panda 2.2


23rd July 2011

Panda 2.3


12th August 2011

Panda 2.4

Rolled out internationally - affected 6-9% of search queries

28th September 2011

Panda 2.5


October 2011

Panda Flux

Panda related flux over a few weeks, affected 2%

18th November 2011

Panda 3.1


18th January 2012

Panda 3.2


27th February 2012

Panda 3.3


23rd March 2012

Panda 3.4

Impacted 1.6% of search queries

19th April 2012

Panda 3.5


27th April 2012

Panda 3.6


8th June 2012

Panda 3.7

Less than 1% of search queries affected

25th June 2012

Panda 3.8


24th July 2012

Panda 3.9

About 1% of search queries affected

20th August 2012

Panda 3.9.1


18th September 2012

Panda 3.9.2


27th September 2012

Panda #20

Overlapped EMD update, affected 2.4% of search queries

5th October 2012

Panda #21

Impacted 1.1% English search queries

21st November 2012

Panda #22


21st December 2012

Panda #23

Impacted 1.3% English search queries

22nd January 2013

Panda #24

Impacted 1.2% search queries

14th March 2013

Panda #25

Last update before integrated into core algorithm

11th June 2013

Panda Dance

Panda now updating monthly over 10 day period

18th July 2013

Panda Recovery

May have softened some previous Panda Penalties

19th May 2014

Panda 4.0

Major update. 7.5% of English search queries affected

23rd September 2014

Panda 4.1

Impacted 3-5% search queries

18th July 2015 Panda 4.2  Impacted 2-3% of English queries.  Rolling out over months
12th January 2016 Part of Core Algorithm Google confirms that Panda is now part of the core algorithm, so quality plays a bigger part in search