Since March 2013, iterations of the Google Panda Update will not be identified as such anymore. Instead of deploying bigger or smaller updates, Google has now baked Panda into their regular algorithm-changes and index-updates.
You are more likely in the future to see Panda deployed gradually as we rebuild the index. So you are less likely to see these large scale sorts of changes.– Matt Cutts, Head of Webspam, Distinguished Engineer
Data-refreshes of the Panda filter on a monthly basis
The update of the data basis (called data-refresh) for the Panda filter takes place roughly once a month and is deployed worldwide over a time span of 10 days. This slow deployment of new data over a 10-day-cycle lowers how noticeable the effect of the Google Panda Update is on the SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages). Therefore, it has become far more difficult to make out when a new iteration of the Panda Update was released.
So, rather than having some huge change that happens on a given day, you’re more likely in the future to see Panda deployed gradually as we’re rebuilding the index, and so you are less likely to see these large scale sorts of changes.– Matt Cutts, Head of Webspam, Distinguished Engineer
Video explanation on the subject
Google has integrated the Panda update in to its normal indexing process. Now, how will webmaster come to know whether her site is hit by Panda? And, if her site is already hit, how she will recover?
Additional information on the subject:
- What is the difference between an Update and a Data Refresh?
- Are there multiple Panda updates?
- What is the Google Everflux?
- How often does Google carry out Algorithm Updates?
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