What You Need to Know About Google Penguin’s Latest Update: Penguin 4.0
First off, what 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. Google Penguin works by decreasing the search engine rankings of websites that violate the aforementioned Google’s guidelines. Websites violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines specifically by using black hat SEO techniques, meaning that they deliberately manipulate search engine indexes, making their website’s search engine ranking go up. They are also called link schemes, as they work by manipulating the number of links pointing to a page, thus artificially increasing the rank of a webpage.
In simpler terms, the Google Penguin algorithm works as a filter for sites that spam Google’s search results. They need Google Penguin to detect these kinds of spam because Google’s regular spamming systems aren’t able to detect these. Google penguin’s filter is run periodically to catch sites that are deemed spammy, and will continue to be penalized until the filter ran again and the site improved.
Google penguin has been around since 2012, and so far there have been about 7 confirmed Google Penguin updates, and these have been periodically released, although the latest one has been released after a 2 year period. 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, being the latest release now includes the feature of being completely real time, gaining a far significant improvement from its previous versions. What happened before was that Google Penguin was only operated on a periodical basis, now Google penguin 4.0 runs constantly. With the many spam algorithm and guidelines in set, any website that is violating these rules will be subject to Google Penguin 4.0’s capture, free and recapture process. The changes that are implemented by Google Penguin are now visibly faster than before and will take effect shortly after they have visited a site. Websites that violate Google’s guidelines are punished by Google Penguin’s 4.0 updates as fast as it possibly can, and catching these websites that use spam link and black hat SEO methods are now faster, all the while keeping low quality websites search engine rankings low.
So with Google Penguin’s latest update, you have to improve your site and use fair and tested techniques in order for your site to rank well in their search engines. What’s more, you should keep your website relatively clean through constant clean ups as well as audit it consistently.Continue reading »