Today, Google announced that they are now rolling out their long anticipated penguin update which will now monitor links and various other spam signals in real time, meaning algorithmic penalties will be flying fast and hard.
What is Penguin?
Penguin is an algorithm developed by Google to start penalising black hat tactics used to manipulate the search engine and gain high rankings for specific search terms. Being penalised by the Penguin algorithm can result in de-indexation, loss of rankings and subsequently the loss of organic traffic to your site.
What this means for your business
The face of link building and SEO in general has changed drastically over recent years; buying links, directory submissions and comment spam are all now obsolete methods of increasing your rankings. You will have had to evolve and adapt to new and more advanced activities to increase your organic traffic.
If you are an online business who has delved into link building in the past or had an agency build links on your behalf, you should be auditing your link profile; analysing and disavowing any links which could be deemed as ‘spammy’ through Google’s own disavow tool in Search Console.
If you are an agency performing online marketing services for clients, you should be checking your clients’ previously built links and disavowing any unnatural links.
SEOs no longer have the luxury of preparing for another Penguin update release date, Penguin is now part of Google’s core algorithm to ensure any ranking manipulation is stopped as soon as it is detected and genuine online businesses are able to flourish In their fields.