Google Panda Alert: Data Refresh Starts Tonight

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If the last few days haven't been chaotic enough for you, what with all the confusing link warnings, brace yourself for some more fun. Google announced the following tonight via Twitter:

Google Panda first went live in February 2011. Google rountinely announces these algorithm refreshes, though the amount of time between each one varies – sometimes it happens within days; other times there have been several weeks between updates.

Panda aims to reward "high-quality" websites. Google pointed users to this post for more context on how to determine whether your site meets the criteria. For some more pointers on content creation, check out our 23-point web content litmust test.

Last week, Google's Panda algorithm debuted to a new audience – Japanese and Korean languages. In a tweet, Google noted that rollout, which didn't impact any other languages, and affected less than 5 percent of queries.