What You Need to Know About Google Penguin’s Latest Update: Penguin 4.0
Firstly, you may ask, what exactly is Google Penguin? Google Penguin is merely a codename for an algorithm that Google webmasters have developed that is able to punish websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. The way that Google Penguin punishes these websites that violate the aforementioned guidelines is that they decrease their search engine rankings. Websites are punished when they deliberately manipulate search engine indexes in order to make their website’s search engine ranking go up, this is known as black-hat SEO techniques. These techniques are also known as link schemes, and are done by tampering with the links that point to a specific page, and in the process increasing the rank of the webpage.
Google penguin, in more simpler terms, acts as a filter for sites that spam Google’s search engines. Although there exists a regular Google spamming system, Google Penguin is still needed to detect some spam techniques that the former isn’t able to detect. The Google Penguin filter runs periodically, and in the process catches sites that are routinely spammy, giving the sites a chance to improve their websites until the next time that Google penguin filter runs.
Google Penguin being around for 2 years since its initial release in 2012, periodically releases update, and there have been 7 updates all in all, although the latest one has been released after a 2 year wait. The latest Google Penguin is named Penguin 7, or otherwise known as Penguin 4.0, and was released recently, namely September 23, 2016, including major updates in its wake.
Google Penguin 4.0 has now a significant feature that is a big improvement from its previous counterparts and it is the ability to work in real time. What happened before was that Google Penguin was only operated on a periodical basis, now Google penguin 4.0 runs constantly. Google Penguin 4.0 is now able to capture, free as well as recapture any site caught violating Google’s spam algorithm and guidelines. After Google Penguin 4.0 evaluates a site, the changes set in effect will now take effect visibly faster, and will subsequently take effect in a much shorter time than before. Google Penguin 4.0 is able to catch websites that violates guidelines by using spam link and black hat SEO methods in a much more quick manner as possibly as they can, and is also able to keep low quality sites rankings relatively low.
By using Google Penguin 4.0, you are much more encouraged to keep your website in top shape, and constantly improve it, as well as using non-illegal, fair and tested techniques to rank your website in Google’s search engines. What’s more, you should keep your website relatively clean through constant clean ups as well as audit it consistently.