Pandas, Penguins, and Pigeons: State of Google’s Zoo in 2014

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Pandas, Penguins and Pigeons: State of Google's Zoo in 2014 | SEJ

Every year, Google pushes out major and minor updates to its algorithm in its attempt to weed out spam in various forms from content, links, and ads. Google’s ongoing fight against spammy links that impact the quality of search results has seen plenty of websites lose their traffic and rankings.

For the last few years, E2M has released an annual infographic that recaps the major updates released by Google over the course of the year. Since 2014 is over and done with, it’s time to list the updates that were released in the year gone by. This infographic presents a summarized list of updates to help you understand the changes and determine what they mean for your company.

While taking a look at this infographic, you might find a slight variation in the dates of these updates. Keep in mind, this infographic mentions only those dates that have been confirmed by industry experts. So, go ahead and take a look.

Editor Note: Search Engine Land is credited with naming Pigeon.

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Featured Image: Created by author for Search Engine Journal
Infographic courtesy of E2M Solutions
Pratik Dholakiya

Pratik Dholakiya

Co-Founder & VP of Marketing at E2M
Pratik Dholakiya is the Co-Founder and VP of Marketing of E2M, a digital marketing agency and, a mobile apps development company. Pratik has been... Read Full Bio
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  • Doesn’t mention that Pigeon was US only until Dec. Or that local listings took a beating internationally a week before Christmas.

  • I never know that google remove the authorization..and when was the pirate algo started by google ? how does it work ? I even heard that between 5-10 dec 2014 google updated the penguin which affects the many website.

  • I don’t think all algorithms are performing tough action in SEO . but all are much powerful for the website that don’t have any content copyrights and security features like SSL, HTTPs enables eCommerce websites.

  • Joe Smith

    Among all of the 2014 Algorithms Penguin 3.0 is the major algorithm which affects the websites badly. Some SEO Experts even posts update like drunken penguin.

  • Google’s zoo, ha! This is a great infographic that wraps up all of the important updates of 2014. Very interested to see what 2015 will bring…