If you are a web site operator, you probably monitor your traffic on a daily basis. Most web site operators tend to use Google Analytics due to the level of detail that is provided about a web site along with the fact that it is free and easy.
If you have experienced some wild traffic fluctuations over the past year (from February 24, 2011 – today) and are wondering what the cause could be, compare your statistics to the Google Panda updates timeline below. I know that many site operators just exist and move forward with their business. There are hardcore SEO’s who worry about the search engine updates such as Panda and employing one to assist with your web strategy is often a must.
Barry Schwarz at www.seoroundtable.com does a terrific job keeping up with the changes and confirms his information as best he can. Confirmations from the search engines are a bit rare given their tight lipped nature with regard to their algorithm changes.
Past Panda Updates:
- Panda 3.4 on March 23rd, 2012
- Panda 3.3 on about February 26th, 2012
- Panda 3.2 on about January 15th, 2012
- Panda 3.1 on November 18th, 2011
- Panda 2.5.3 on October 19/20th, 2011
- Panda 2.5.2 on October 13th, 2011
- Panda 2.5.1 on October 9th, 2011
- Panda 2.5 on September 28th, 2011
- Panda 2.4 in August, 2011
- Panda 2.3 on around July 22nd, 2011
- Panda 2.2 on June 18th, 2011 or so.
- Panda 2.1 on May 9th or so.
- Panda 2.0 on April 11th or so.
- Panda 1.0 on February 24th
In my opinion, if you have a site that provides quality, unique content, you will eventually bubble up toward the top. Keep growing your site with quality content and engage your community. Put the blinders on and work.
If you build it, properly, they will come.