All About The New Google Penguin Update
It was way back in April 2012 when Google first unveiled Penguin with efforts of catching websites that are deemed to spam its search results. This is in particular to those that are buying links or getting them via link networks that are primarily designed to boost rankings in Google. But after few years, there were several updates that were implemented to Penguin and now come another update, which is Penguin 4.0, announced on September 23. A number of SEO experts have agreed that this update is a major boon for SEO companies that perform legitimate SEO strategies.
As a matter of fact, there are quite a number of reasons to why many people are so excited with the new Penguin update.
Number 1. Algorithm devalues links instead of punishing websites – with new Penguin version, it devalues spam links rather than penalizing the entire website. Penguin was punitive in nature when it was first launched. What is meant by this is, if your page was affected, then you may expect that the entire site would be demoted in search without having clear instruction or explanation to how it can be recovered.
Penguin’s harshness along with misinformation that surrounds the algorithm at the same time, this causes contentious relationships and negative environment between Google and various business owners. But with the new Penguin 4.0 and its demotion versus devalue approach, it’s a significant upgrade and aim to improve relationship between website owners and Google.
Number 2. Penguin is baked to core algorithm of Google – because of this, it has become possible for Google to deliver real-time update. Having said that, Penguin’s data is refreshed in real time, which makes changes become visible and faster that usually take effect shortly after a site is re-index and re-crawl. Google are in the better position of assessing links quickly with the update to Penguin. Meaning, there’s no waiting time for Penguin updates or refreshes just to recover.
Number 3. Penguin 4.0 brings SEO closer to real marketing – it provided immediate rewards for legitimate practices as spam is devalued a lot more efficiently, thanks to the improvements made to Penguin update. This shift pushes the SEO industry away from manipulation and towards real strategies. Needless to say, many of the respected and successful SEOs are involved already in real marketing. There are still some shady companies and individuals on the other hand that claim to be SEOs while what they actually do is just provide spammy services.
New Penguin update is another challenge for unscrupulous agencies as websites that are propped to be spam would be devalued, which will provide greater gains for those who are securing links legitimately.