Confirmed! Google Search Update Happening but not Related to Panda

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An update in Google’s search algorithm is rolling out, but its to not be Panda-Related. Google’s John Mueller confirmed in today’s Webmaster Hangout. Webmasters around the web were noticing from last weekend, but yesterday afternoon, that chatter in the SEO community spiked significantly. Here are the two places John commented on it .

The MozCast, a day-by-day report of shakeups to Google’s search rankings, lit up today and Moz’s Dr. Pete Meyers has stated that it was not simply a data glitch.

There is some thought that Wikipedia’s recent move to HTTPS could have something to do today’s changes:

Given the extent to which Wikipedia dominates the SERPs, a site-wide change could certainly in the changes being observed in Google’s search results. However, there are clearly more pieces to this update — SEO community around the web are reporting seeing ranking changes in SERP, and some are already experiencing an impact on their business.

If it’s not related to Panda, which has been announced in SMX Advanced last week by Google’s Gary Illyes, then what does it means? Anyone guess about this until Google official announcement.

In today’s webmaster hangout, Google’s John Mueller said “We should expect to see a panda update in the next couple of weeks”. Last week, Google’s Gary Illyes also announced in SMX Advanced and he expects it will happen in the next two to four weeks. Illyes referred to it multiple times as a data refresh, not an algorithmic change.

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Shiv Gupta is an Internet marketing professional & Editor at SEMPandit. Beyond SEMpandit, He also provide search marketing consultancy & advice to SMEs & eCommerce based companies.