Google Penguin Update 3.0 Has Started

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  1. Writer Fox profile image51
    Writer Foxposted 3 years ago

    It's official: Google Penguin Update 3.0 was released late Friday:

    https://www.seroundtable.com/google-pen … 19313.html
    http://searchengineland.com/google-rele … ear-206169

    It usually takes about a week for the release to be updated in all Google data centers, but webmasters have already reported that the algorithm has affected their traffic from Google search.

    This is the algorithm which targets webspam, on-page and off-page links, keyword stuffing, etc.

    1. Marie Flint profile image75
      Marie Flintposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      So, should we not link any more?

      1. Barbara Kay profile image94
        Barbara Kayposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Marie, It is fine to link, just not to spam or overdo it.

    2. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yay! More decimation of our traffic! Yum!

  2. gitachud profile image84
    gitachudposted 3 years ago

    Thanks for the info -- hope it ends well for HP and everybody on the site.

    1. Writer Fox profile image51
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Google usually rolls out new updates on a Friday when the lower weekend traffic phase starts on HubPages.  We should be able to see the effect on total HP traffic on Tuesday – Thursday stats this week.

      If you want to know if your Hubs have been affected, check the rankings on Google for your targeted keywords.

      1. Marie Flint profile image75
        Marie Flintposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        This keyword-ranking business is over my head. I just want to write and edit and be able to pay my rent. I also want my writing to be helpful.

        1. CatherineGiordano profile image99
          CatherineGiordanoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Over my head too.  Writer fox, have you done a hub explaining where to find these and how to determine the rank of one's hub. And any other good info that I am too dumb to even know what to ask. What's a good number?  How can it be made better?

          1. Writer Fox profile image51
            Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Here's how to set up Google Analytics for your HP subdomain:
            http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/sett … -analytics

            Here's how to find your search metrics on your Analytics account:
            https://support.google.com/analytics/an … 8626?hl=en

            Get some popcorn and watch this video.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm78xlsADgc

          2. rebekahELLE profile image86
            rebekahELLEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            If you have Webmaster Tools, you can find your Top Pages average position and Top Queries position under Search Traffic - Search Queries.  It also gives a lot of other helpful info.

      2. NateB11 profile image92
        NateB11posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Well, this is funny; one of my Bubblews articles (best earner) shot back up higher in the SERPs while my Hub shot down lower.

  3. PaulGoodman67 profile image98
    PaulGoodman67posted 3 years ago

    I am awaiting the next monthly Panda refresh, but am not expecting a major impact from Penguin.

  4. Brie Hoffman profile image67
    Brie Hoffmanposted 3 years ago

    Now, instead of losing 50% of my traffic and earnings, I've lost 75%.  What a disaster.

  5. Shorebirdie profile image79
    Shorebirdieposted 3 years ago

    One of the sites I write for is trying to get us to optimize for Bing now.  Apparently Bing does something where it features certain webpages on the front page very prominently and this site wants to take advantage of that.

    1. Writer Fox profile image51
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Which site is that and how is it suggesting that you 'optimize for Bing?'

      1. Shorebirdie profile image79
        Shorebirdieposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Examiner.  They just sent out an email.  It's mostly standard SEO stuff that I learned on Yahoo Voices.  We shall see if it works.  I know, for me, I've begun using Bing because Google is just not doing it for me as much anymore.

        1. JulieJohnson3 profile image60
          JulieJohnson3posted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I've been using Bing's featured news stories on Examiner for a while now and always get good Bing placement and views. But now there's going to be a lot of Examiner competition for the Bing keywords since they sent out that email. Everyone is going to jump on that bandwagon.

        2. NateB11 profile image92
          NateB11posted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Good idea. I've just recently started considering Bing for getting traffic.

        3. psycheskinner profile image81
          psycheskinnerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Examiner qualifies for news ribbon placement on Bing. Most sites including hubpages do not. That is because examiner managed to get Bing to consider it a news site not a content site.

    2. Writer Fox profile image51
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Search engine market share for September, 2014:
      Google: 71.2%
      Bing/Yahoo: 12%

      In January, 2014:
      Google: 77.74%
      Bing/Yahoo: 12.63%

      (The difference for Google search has been due to several countries blocking the search engine, such as China.)

      1. Fran Michaels profile image78
        Fran Michaelsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        For me, there's no point in optimizing for Bing. Google is still king and it's not going anywhere. I consider any traffic to my sites from Bing to be bonus.

      2. NateB11 profile image92
        NateB11posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Good info. Thanks for sharing.

    3. Elsie Hagley profile image69
      Elsie Hagleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I think Bing will do as good as Google in the long run.Had enough of google it controls the world too much.

      I set up bing yesterday, but couldn't get past Step 3 because of create and uploading sitemaps, which to me is each hub,  I think the problem is we can't use HTML here on HubPages.
      (Please correct me if I'm not right)roll

  6. brakel2 profile image77
    brakel2posted 3 years ago

    Who sent an email about SEO?

    1. Writer Fox profile image51
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      They are writing for the Examiner website and that website sent an email to its writers:
      http://www.examiner.com/About_Examiner

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image88
        Mark Ewbieposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Good quote of the traffic - Google v. the Rest - and I guess the Examiner is desperate too.

        Whenever linking, social sharing and Bing make an entrance you know traffic is suffering.

        1. JulieJohnson3 profile image60
          JulieJohnson3posted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I wouldn't say Examiner is desperate. I still get some awesome Google News views. Examiner writers who write news articles target Google News, Bing News and Yahoo News search, not the regular "evergreen" web search traffic. Examiner is still going strong.

          1. Writer Fox profile image51
            Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            What did Examiner say in the newsletter about targeting Bing?

            1. JulieJohnson3 profile image60
              JulieJohnson3posted 3 years agoin reply to this

              It was pretty much just a gentle reminder to not forget about Bing News with an added tip on light SEO. News writers typically hit Google News for the latest news stories and tend to forget about Bing News and Yahoo News. Examiner often sends out emails with advice on how their writers can get more exposure for news approved articles. Regular Google web search really doesn't even come into play regarding the email they sent this morning.

              1. Shorebirdie profile image79
                Shorebirdieposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Agreed, it was really a no big deal thing, but I was surprised about them saying to get optimized for Bing. 

                I write mostly evergreen or events, rarely news.  My news stories get great exposure.  That's one thing I have to say about Examiner, they do promote my articles so I get a lot more page views there than on any other revenue-sharing site I've written on.

  7. healthyliving10 profile image80
    healthyliving10posted 3 years ago

    Thank you. I was wondering what was going on with the lattest traffic decrease to my hubs.

  8. brakel2 profile image77
    brakel2posted 3 years ago

    Does anyone have links galore to crazyerrorland in Google Webmaster Tools? The server is in Germany.

  9. Cari Kay 11 profile image92
    Cari Kay 11posted 3 years ago

    Just checked my keyword ranking on a few of my more 'popular' hubs and they seem to be doing better, but not where they were...yet smile  Since I haven't checked since the last update not sure if they were slowly improving or not.

  10. janderson99 profile image53
    janderson99posted 3 years ago

    My traffic has surged - Google Loves Me!

    1. Writer Fox profile image51
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That's great news!

  11. brakel2 profile image77
    brakel2posted 3 years ago

    Give us doe suggestions JAnderson

  12. brakel2 profile image77
    brakel2posted 3 years ago

    Congratulations. JAnderson

  13. Writer Fox profile image51
    Writer Foxposted 3 years ago

    This just in: Google Penguin 3.0 is now fully rolled out and in only four days.  There still isn't much information released, primarily because Matt Cutts is still on vacation.

    https://www.seroundtable.com/google-pen … 19320.html

  14. Writer Fox profile image51
    Writer Foxposted 3 years ago

    Update on the Update

    The previous announcement that the Penguin update was completed was made by John Mueller who is with Google Trends, not Webspam. In a post today by Pierre Far, it was announced that the Penguin 3.0 Update affected 1% of all searches in English and that the roll-out is still in progress.  In fact, he said, it will take several weeks to finish its cycle worldwide:

    https://plus.google.com/+PierreFar/posts/NURBpsNpef4

    1. ologsinquito profile image89
      ologsinquitoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      This must be why I'm still seeing big ups and downs on one of my blogs.

      1. Writer Fox profile image51
        Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        The big bad penguin isn't finished yet.

        http://s1.hubimg.com/u/11914544.png

  15. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 3 years ago

    I've noticed in the last few days my hubs are being crawled less frequently.  There are days between a crawl on some hubs rather than hours!  This is not normal for me and I don't recall this happening with previous updates.  I checked WMTools also to verify. Anyone else see this?  My views have slightly increased, but from other sources, including other Googles outside of US.

 
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