Google Algorithm Change History

Do you Know about History of
  • Google Hummingbird
  • Google Penguin Update
  • Google Pigeon Update

This Blog post guide you about the Complete History of Google Algorithm Change History.




2016 Google Algorithm Change History



May 12, 2016 - mobile friendly 2
Google launched mobile friendly 2 update.  According to this update mobile friendly websites ranking boost in SERP. Does your business website is mobile friendly? No! Better make it mobile friendly, because millions of users around the globe prefer to use mobile instead of desktop or laptop every time.



May 10, 2016 – Unnamed Major Update
Do you know about MozCast or Other Google SEO weather trackers? Analysis and research always going in the field of SEO, on that day there was huge decrease in the rankings, but from Google, there is no confirmation of any algorithm change, and it happens.



February 23, 2016 – AdWords Shake Up
Google did major changes to AdWords. It significantly implicates both paid and organic search results. Update was - Removing Right Column Ads.



Janyuary 8, 2016 – Core Algo Update
MozCast analyze a large ranking moments.
Later Google confirmed it as Core Algo Update not as a Penguin Update









2015 Google Algorithm Change History




October 26, 2015 – RankBrain
Artificial Intelligence - Google announced that machine learning language is part of Algorithms for every time the update comes.



July 17, 2015 – PANDA 4.2 (#28)
Panda removes those websites which are of poor content.



May 3, 2015 – The Quality Update
Google couldn’t confirm any signals, but according to name it is relevant to lower down those websites which use wrong techniques to get website at top of SERP. Also known as Phantom 2



April 22, 2015 – Mobilegeddon
Mobile friendly Business websites get better ranking as compare to those which are not mobile friendly.




2014 Google Algorithm Change History



December 22, 2014 – Pigeon Update Expands (UK, CA, AU)
It was first launched on July 2014 in United States.
This update was rolled out on 19th, but on 22nd conformed by Google.
What is Pigeon Update?
It affects the local search results. It is related to the Google Maps.



December 10, 2014 – Penguin Everflux
This was confirmed by Google representative.
Penguin shifted to continuous updates



October 21, 2014 – Pirate 2.0
Dramatic ranking changed happened to small group of websites.
This comes after original DMCA/ Pirate update.



October 17, 2014 – Penguin 3.0
Small as compare to previous penguin update.
It was spread over weeks.
It was rolled out and 1% impact.
This comes after previous penguin update 2.1



October 2014 – News Box Changed
This update reflects the changes to the news box results.
At that time major news websites reported considerable traffic changes.
News Publishers upset from this change.



September 23, 2014 – Panda 4.1 (#27)
Google’s 27th Panda Algorithm impacted 3-5% of search queries.
It includes an Algorithmic component.



August 28, 2014 – Authorship removed
John Muller officially announced this update, completely removed the Authorship Markup
Next morning authorship bylines completely disappeared from SERP.
August 6, 2014 – HTTPS/SSL Update
This update gave p[reference to secure websites more as compare to those which are not using the HTTPS.
HTTPS is still now the Ranking Signal.



July 24, 2014 – Pigeon
This algorithm clearly created a closer ties between local and core algorithm.
Pigeon dramatically altered the local SERP.



June 28, 2014 – Authorship Drop Photo
It is now not necessary that every business owner should create lull around with his or her photo.
John Mueller officially announced the complete removal of authorships images from all SERPS.
This was completed around 28th.





June 12, 2014 – Payday Loan 3.0
This Algorithm main aim was to target the spammy queries, while the old Payday Loan 2.0 targeted the specific websites.



May 19, 2014 – Panda 4.0 (#26)
It includes two updates – algorithm update and data refresh.
Matt Cutts officially announced that 7.5% English language queries were targeted.
eBay’s very bad day.



May 16, 2014 – Payday Loan 2.0
Its main aim was to target the spammy queries.
March 24, 2014 – Unnamed Update
Ranking downs, many websites no more at their specific positions – might it was softer panda update.



February 6, 2014 – Page Layout #3 “TOP HEAVY ADS”
It was also knows as “Top Heavy”.
This update was first launched in 2012.
Its main aim is to penalize those websites with too many ads above the FOLD.





2013 Google Algorithm Change History


December 19, 2013 - Authorship Shake-up

At that time Gogles the giant search engine’s Authorship Purge Instigated.
Matt Cutts announced at Pubcon Las vegas.



December 17, 2013 - Unnamed Update
MozCast announced it, as there were holidays.
There was rise in the Partial-Match Domains.
Google denies of any algorithm change.



November 14, 2013 - Unnamed Update
There was multiple Google trackers unusual activity which changed the SERP ranking of many keywords.
There was DNS errors in the various Google webmaster tools.



October 4, 2013 - Penguin 2.1 (#5)
The Penguin 2.1 spam filtering algorithm lives.
Some webmaster reported hit hard, but the results seem was moderated, not much effected.



August 20, 2013 - Hummingbird
This update changed the semantic search along with rise of knowledge graph.
Hummingbird was compared with the caffeine.
It was announced on 26th but roll out started on 20th August.




August 6, 2013 - In-depth Articles
Its aim was to provide ever-green long-form content.
Per Article include only 3 links.
A new type of news result from the giant Google called “In-Depth Articles”



July 26, 2013 - Unnamed Update
MozCast tracked high spike about (105° F).
There was significant activity over weeks.



July 19, 2013 - Knowledge Graph Expansion
MozCast significantly changed.
Knowledge Graph exploded.
Queries with KG expanded by the (+50.4%) across MozCast.
No official approval from Google.



July 18, 2013 - Panda Recovery
Giant search engine Google confirmed this update
It was softer panda update.





June 27, 2013 - Multi-Week Update
Google tested some changes that were rolled out previously.
Official conformation is from Google’s Matt Cutt’s about this algorithm update.
Started from June 12th effectively rolled to July 4th

June 11, 2013 - "Payday Loan" Update


"Payday Loan" Update — June 11, 2013


Panda Dance — June 11, 2013


Penguin 2.0 (#4) — May 22, 2013
Google’s spam fighting algorithm Penguin was live.
Condition of Webmasters was – Jarred or Jolted.
May 21, 2013 - Domain Crowding
This update main aim was to control the Domain Crowding in SERP’s.



May 9, 2013 - "Phantom" Update
There were many websites who lose their significant traffic.
No official Announcement is done, reported from MozCast.



March 14, 2013 - Panda #25 Algorithm
Change is necessary because there is millions of webmaster who are using organic SEO for their business.



January 22, 2013 - Panda #24
Official announcement from Google claiming 1.2% queries effected.





2012 Google Algorithm Change History


December 21, 2012 - Panda #23
Effecting 1.3% search queries, panda rolled out right before the biggest Christmas holiday.


December 4, 2012 - Knowledge Graph Expansion
Great the giant Google added knowledge graph functionality to the non-English Queries including – German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Japanese, and Italian.
Now Enjoy enhanced KG facilities.






November 21, 2012 - Panda #22
0.8% search queries impacted.


November 5, 2012 - Panda #21
Smaller update impact of it was around 1.1% English queries.


October 9, 2012 - Page Layout #2 – Data Refreshment done
Main aim is to impact those websites who uses heavily too many ads above the fold.



October 5, 2012 - Penguin #3
Impacted only 0.3% searches queries
It was 3rd Penguin release.



October 4, 2012 - August/September 65-Pack


September 27, 2012 -Panda #20
It overlaps the EMD update affecting 2.4% of English Search queries.




September 27, 2012 - Exact-Match Domain (EMD) Algorithm Update
Large scale of reduction and devaluation of the presence of EMD’s
0.6% English queries effected.



September 18, 2012 - Panda 3.9.2 (#19)



August 20, 2012 - Panda 3.9.1 (#18)


August 14, 2012 - 7-Result SERPs


August 10, 2012 - June/July 86-Pack


August 10, 2012 - DMCA Penalty ("Pirate")
Google penalizes those websites which are violating copyright rules.


July 24, 2012 - Panda 3.9 (#17)
Affecting ~1% of English Search queries


July 19, 2012 - Link Warnings
Giant Google sent large number of unnatural Link warnings using Google webmaster tools to webmasters.


June 25, 2012 - Panda 3.8 (#16)
Little and smaller impact, because it is necessary


June 8, 2012 - Panda 3.7 (#15)
Less than 1% search queries affected
Bigfoot Update - Officially confirmed by giant Google



June 7, 2012 - May 39-Pack


May 25, 2012 - Penguin 1.1 (#2


May 16, 2012 - Knowledge Graph


May 4, 2012 -April 52-Pack


April 27, 2012 - Panda 3.6 (#14)


April 24, 2012 - Penguin


April 19, 2012 - Panda 3.5 (#13)


April 16, 2012 - Parked Domain Bug


April 3, 2012 - March 50-Pack


March 23, 2012 - Panda 3.4 (#12)


March 12, 2012 - Search Quality Video


February 27, 2012 - Venice


February 27, 2012 - February 40-Pack (2)


February 27, 2012 - Panda 3.3 (#11)


February 3, 2012 - February 17-Pack


January 19, 2012 - Ads Above The Fold


January 18, 2012 - Panda 3.2 (#10)


January 10, 2012 - Search + Your World


January 5, 2012 - January 30-Pack




2011 Google Algorithm Change History


December 2011 - December 10-Pack


November 18, 2011 - Panda 3.1 (#9)


November 14, 2011 - 10-Pack of Updates


November 3, 2011 - Freshness Update


October 18, 2011 - Query Encryption


October 5, 2011 - Panda "Flux" (#8)


September 28, 2011 - Panda 2.5 (#7)


September 21, 2011 - 516 Algo Updates


September 15, 2011 - Pagination Elements


August 16, 2011 - Expanded Sitelinks


August 12, 2011 - Panda 2.4 (#6)


July 23, 2011 - Panda 2.3 (#5)


June 28, 2011 - Google+


June 21, 2011 - Panda 2.2 (#4)


June 2, 2011 - Schema.org


May 9, 2011 - Panda 2.1 (#3)


April 11, 2011 - Panda 2.0 (#2)


March 30, 2011 - The +1 Button


February 23, 2011 - Panda/Farmer


January 28, 2011 - Attribution Update


January 2011 - Overstock.com Penalty



2010 Google Algorithm Change History


December 2010 - Negative Reviews


December 2010 - Social Signals


November 2010 - Instant Previews


September 2010 - Google Instant


August 2010 - Brand Update


June 2010 - Caffeine (Rollout)
Boost Google’s raw Speed
Integrate indexation and crawling of boots more tightly.


May 2010 - May Day


April 2010 - Google Places




2009 Google Algorithm Change History


December 2009 - Real-time Search


August 2009 - Caffeine (Preview)


February 2009 - Vince


February 2009 - Rel-canonical Tag




2008 Google Algorithm Change History


August 2008 - Google Suggest


April 2008 - Dewey





2007 Google Algorithm Change History


June 2007 - Buffy


May 2007 - Universal Search





2006 Google Algorithm Change History


December 2006 - False Alarm


November 2006 - Supplemental Update





2005 Google Algorithm Change History


December 2005 - Big Daddy


October 2005 - Google Local/Maps


October 2005 - Jagger


September 2005 - Gilligan


June 2005 - XML Sitemaps


June 2005 - Personalized Search


May 2005 - Bourbon


February 2005 - Allegra


January 2005 - Nofollow





2004 Google Algorithm Change History

August 2004 - Google IPO
Not an Algorithm Update
Google sold 19million shares in capital


February 2004 – Brandy
Rise of index expansion, LSI (latent Semantic Indexing)
Rise of LSI improve Google to understand the concept of synonyms.


January 2004 – Austin
Now there was rise in on page techniques – like Meta tags.



2003 Google Algorithm Change History

November 2003 – Florida
Websites loses ranking


September 2003 - Supplemental Index


July 2003- Fritz
Google dance finally came an end with this update


June 2003 - Esmeralda


May 2003 - Dominic


April 2003- Cassandra
Hit hard on hidden text and hidden links.


February 2003- Boston Update
Term Comes Google dance




2002 Updates
September 2002 - 1st Documented Update




2000 Updates
Google Toolbar — December 2000
Naming Schemes






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  1. It is very important for all SEO professionals to Know about The History of Google Algorithms, as here Penguin and Panda always remain top priority by Google.

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