On Friday, August 8th, there appears to have been a Google algorithm update that Google said they will not comment on. It may likely be a monthly Google Panda refresh but we cannot confirm if there was an update and if so, if it was Panda or not.
I reported the details at the Search Engine Roundtable, citing webmaster chatter, reports sent to me directly from webmasters who recovered on August 8th, as well as the various automated tracking tools. SearchMetrics also shared screen shots of sites impacted by this unconfirmed update.
Here are screen shots of the tracking tools showing significant changes to the Google search results Friday through the weekend.
One webmaster emailed us a screen shot showing how his site was hit by another unconfirmed update on January 9th but recovering on August 8th.
Again, Google would not confirm or deny there was an update on August 8th.
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