Few days ago i reported that Matt Cutts from Google has confirmed a new “minor” search algorithm update which named across the web as Panda 2.5.2. However, from the amount of reactions to this update on forums, blogs and even emails i received from many people who works from home and been hit, it seems that it wasn’t so minor at all…
Barry Schwartz from Search Engine Roundtable has decided to investigate this issue furthermore, so he conducted a poll where the users have been asked to rate how significant the Panda 2.5.2 (on October 13th) was. Here are the poll’s results so far:
581 people have voted (pretty respectable and still ongoing) and as you see, the big majority (almost 70%) are perceiving this update as very significant! Additionally, 13.4% see it as somewhat significant and only 12% don’t see it as significant.
It is important to understand that Search Engine Roundtable is a blog where many experience internet marketers visits and express their opinions, therefore the poll’s audience should be considered as quality.
The picture that comes up from the poll and from the amount of reactions across the web is that it wasn’t a minor update at all. In fact, it looks like it is the most serious one since Panda 2.0 back in April… the only difference is, that while we knew what the prior updates were targeting, it is still very much unclear what this one does.
I already discussed in the past that Google likes to implement new updates in the end of the year more than usual and so far they live up to this tradition. Stay tuned, because there will be probably more updates soon!