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google-penguin-4Google has just released its new Penguin update – and it has been live since the 22nd of May 2013. However, this spam-fighter that is Penguin 4 comes with a very interesting twist. Google also puts in its Penguin 2.0 and they saw that this technology would definitely get rid of spam – for good.

This amazing news was announced by Matt Cutts just this week in a Youtube video (Google Episode 199). He even added an earlier clip of him talking about this update and that it is being worked on in the coming hours. Matt Cutts, for those living under the rock, is the head of the spam team in Google.

He also addressed all SEOs and webmasters in this video. For one, Cutts said that they should expect a lot of changes – major ones – to search results. He also said, very specifically, that the update would definitely and noticeably impact all the English queries by at least 2.3%.

Besides talking about the actual update and its effects on the video, he also posted so much more on his blog. One of the explanations he gave is regarding its effect on foreign languages (non-English). The scope, he said, of Penguin will differ per language. Those with more ‘webspam’ will naturally be affected even greatly.

Just so everyone knows and understands how it all began and happened, here are the different releases of Penguin in chronological order.

The first Penguin was released on the 24th of April in 2012. It impacted ~3.1% of the queries. The second one was on the 26th of May in the same year, affecting less than 0.1%. Penguin 3 was made available on the same year, October the 5th. This had an impact on ~0.3% queries.

It is quite unfortunate that the second and third releases only showed very minor changes from the first. It actually followed its predecessor’s algorithm. Finally, the newest update that is Penguin 4 was released just this year, May 22nd. And, as mentioned earlier, with Penguin 2.0 installed internally, this is a huge change with a great effect.

It is very important to understand all these since the update goes even deeper than the former updates. So many webmasters and SEOs will be affected by this. If you need to know more about this new Penguin update, check out the video of Matt Cutts. He also adds that if you are confused about something or just want to provide comments and feedback, you can do so on the Google Spam Report.

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