Google Algorithm Change History

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Panda #23

Right before the Christmas holiday, Google rolled out another Panda update.
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Panda #24

Google announced its first official update of 2013, claiming 1.2% of queries affected.
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Panda #25

Matt Cutts announced this is will be the last update before Panda is rolled into the core algorithm.
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Domain Crowding

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Penguin 2.0 (4)

The 4th Penguin update (called Penguin 2.0 by Google and number 4 by the rest of us) was rolled out on the 22nd of May 2013.
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Pay Day Loan Update

Google confirmed an updated targeting spammy queries
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Panda Softening

Google confirmed an updated had occurred
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Knowledge Graph Expansion

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In-depth Articles

Google introduces a new search result type designed to give prominence to long form content.
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Hummingbird

Google announced on the 26th of September that Hummingbird was released a month prior.
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Penguin 2.1 (5)

The 5th update of the Google Penguin Algorithm.
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Authorship Removed From 15% of Queries

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Unnamed Update

Never confirmed by Google but reports of a "Softer" Panda update occurred today.
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Pay Day Loan 2.0

Google today launched an iteration to it's Pay Day Loan Algorihtm Update targeting low quality queries.
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Panda 4.0

Targeting low quality content sites.
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Pay Day Loan 3.0

A month after 2.0, Google launched another iteration of their Pay Day Loan algorithm update targeting specific websites rather than search queries.
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Authorship Photo Removal

A surprise announcement from John Muller of Google that Authorship photos are to be dropped from search results.
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Pigeon

Google launched 'Pigeon' Algorithm Update targeting local search
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HTTPS/SSL as a ranking signal

Google has today announced a ranking boost for sites using HTTPS / SSL security. At the moment, Goog...
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Penguin 3.0

More than a year after the previous Penguin update (2.1), Google launched a Penguin refresh.
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Mobile Update AKA

In a rare move, Google pre-announced an algorithm update, telling us that mobile rankings would differ for mobile-friendly sites starting on April 21st.
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Panda 4.2

Google announced what was most likely a Panda data refresh, saying that it could take months to fully roll out.
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Google Remove Right Column Ads

Google made major changes to AdWords, removing right-column ads entirely and rolling out 4-ad top blocks on many commercial searches.
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