The Penguin Update was launched in 2012 and named the ‘Webspam Algorithm Update’. It was created by Google to help reduce the number of sites appearing in SERPs that were using black hat seo techniques to manipulate results with link schemes. It is also now part of Google’s core algorithm.
In recent years, however, Google has diluted Penguin’s effect. The Penguin Update is now granular and real time.
The Penguin 4.0 roll out was actually very beneficial for website creators. It saw the Penguin Update become more selective in relation to penalties.
This means that instead of a whole site being hit by a penalty, now the algorithm can select parts of the website. This could be for example, a single page, or a sub-directory.
The Penguin Update is now also real time. This means that a website can get flagged up for link schemes at any time. For this reason, it is important to stay up to date with your backlinks.
You don’t want a penalty to sneak up on you unknowingly. To keep this from happening, frequently disavow links.
The update, however, is actually a good thing. It means that you no longer must wait for a refresh. If you put in the effort to remedy the situation, Google will notice quickly, and you can hopefully regain your ranking.
Once you have diagnosed it was a Penguin algorithm that hit you, you need to need to figure out a strategy for recovery. Below are some of the techniques that will help you bounce back:
Go through all of your backlinks and assess their quality. If they’re blacklisted, then it's time to say goodbye to them.
Remove all the bad links that you are able to. For the ones you can’t remove yourself, use Google’s Disavow tool.
Use social media platforms. Set up legitimate Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages. Fill them with quality content, and link to these sites on your website.
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