Penguin 4.0 from Big ‘G’- Get Ready or Get Kicked Out!

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Google have begun rolling out the Penguin 4.0 real time algorithm. Again, it’s now rolling out, so you may not yet see the full impact until it rolls out completely; however, it’s expected that the roll out would never take too long. In this framework with Penguin going real-time, we need to scrutinize how this is gonna affect the digital world around, and this is what exactly we’re pinpointing here.

The Story of Google Penguin…

The Google Penguin Update, originally released back in April 2012, was designed to filter out sites that are spamming Google’s search results in ways that Google’s regular spamming systems might not detect. At those points of time, it has brought bigger waves in the digital industry- sites who were playing against rules were suddenly missing from the search results, most of them have got manual actions, and remained penalized even if they improved and changed until the next time the filter ran, which might take months… With times ahead, newer updates were released and every time, it made significant changes to the way the search results look. And now finally.., Penguin 4.0…

What’s different in Penguin 4.0?

Penguin 4.0 is a real-time update to the existing algorithm. This simply means that, the Penguin portion of the algorithm will always be “on” and updating continuously. With this particular change, Penguin’s data will be refreshed in real time, so that changes will be visible much faster, typically in times when Google recrawls and reindexes pages, which used to happen constantly. Pages will be caught and/or freed by Penguin as part of this regular process.

Previously, Penguin was a site-wide penalty. But this new update makes Penguin more granular. Penguin now devalues spam by adjusting ranking based on spam signals, which simply means, when Google indexes the page, it will immediately recalculate the signals around Penguin rather than affecting ranking of the whole site. Post update, penguin might impact specific pages on a site, or it might impact sections or wide swaths of a site, while other pages are fine.

Future updates confirmations from the Search Giant

With this update, Google will no longer confirm future Penguin updates. And yes, that definitely makes sense! Since it’s a constant process, there’s nothing to be confirmed.

How Penguin 4.0 affect Digital markets?

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The release of Penguin 4.0 is a great news for the entire digital marketing community. With Penguin going real-time, the algorithm will likely catch spam link profiles more quickly and help to keep sites from ranking well in SEO that really have no business ranking in the Google search results.

In fact, it’s a positive update for websites that are doing marketing in the proper way and a major detractor for those who are trying to cheat the system.



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  • Yatin Arora

    Good update …finally …for those webmasters/seo experts who cheat by building spammy links …

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