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Google Panda 4.2 Rolling Out Now, Affecting 2-3% of Queries

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Google Panda 4.2 Rolling Out Now, Affecting 2-3% of Queries

Google’s Gary Illyes has confirmed that Google started rolling out Panda update version 4.2 last weekend, affecting 2–3% of queries.

If you haven’t felt any impact from the update yet, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the clear. Panda 4.2 will take a few months to fully roll out, Illyes says, so you may not notice it for a while if at all.

In fact, there has been little evidence of an update thus far. Moz’s search results monitoring tool, the Mozcast, showed no signs of any unusual activity this past weekend.

For the most part, SEOs on Twitter and search forums haven’t reported on any Panda-like activity in the search rankings for their clients.

This could either be due to the length of time of the rollout, or it could be due to the fact that the update is only affecting 2–3% of search queries.

By comparison, the previous Panda update was reported to affect 3–5% of queries, and the one before that was reported to affect around 7.5% of queries.

With such a small percentage of queries being affected, sites susceptible to either Panda penalties or recoveries may not be impacted by this update — or they may not be impacted for a few months from now.

Since posting the above tweet, Glenn Gabe has taken to monitoring his sites every morning and reported seeing some dips and surges in traffic:

I expect we’ll see many more reports of traffic fluctuations over the coming weeks as Panda 4.2 continues to roll out.

If you’ve notice any significant changes in traffic patterns since last weekend, please comment with your findings below or tweet at me on Twitter.

 

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Matt Southern

Matt Southern

Lead News Writer at Search Engine Journal

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