What You Need to Know About Google Penguin’s Latest Update: Penguin 4.0
First off, what is Google Penguin? Google Penguin is a codename used to describe an algorithm developed by Google to aptly punish websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Google Penguin works by decreasing the search engine rankings of websites that violate the aforementioned Google’s guidelines. Websites are punished when they deliberately manipulate search engine indexes in order to make their website’s search engine ranking go up, this is known as black-hat SEO techniques. They are also called link schemes, as they work by manipulating the number of links pointing to a page, thus artificially increasing the rank of a webpage.
In simpler terms, the Google Penguin algorithm works as a filter for sites that spam Google’s search results. Google already has a spam system checker in employ, but it needs Google Penguin as sometimes the former isn’t able to detect some methods in use. Google penguin’s filter is run periodically to catch sites that are deemed spammy, and will continue to be penalized until the filter ran again and the site improved.
Google Penguin has been around for roughly 2 years, specifically being released in September of 2012, and has released about 7 updates all in all periodically, having released the latest one after a 2 year wait. Google Penguin’s latest release has many major updates in its package, and is named Google Penguin 4.0, or Google Penguin 7, being the 7th update in the series.
Google Penguin 4.0, being the latest release now includes the feature of being completely real time, gaining a far significant improvement from its previous versions. Google Penguin, unlike its previous versions now run constantly, in comparison to previous counterparts running on a periodical basis. With the many spam algorithm and guidelines in set, any website that is violating these rules will be subject to Google Penguin 4.0’s capture, free and recapture process. The changes that are implemented by Google Penguin are now visibly faster than before and will take effect shortly after they have visited a site. Google Penguin 4.0 is able to catch websites that violates guidelines by using spam link and black hat SEO methods in a much more quick manner as possibly as they can, and is also able to keep low quality sites rankings relatively low.
So with Google Penguin’s latest update, you have to improve your site and use fair and tested techniques in order for your site to rank well in their search engines. You also have to consistently audit and review your website and it’s links and perform necessary cleanups.