Penguin 2.0 has been rumored to be on the brink of release for a while now. Well it’s finally confirmed here by none other than Matt Cutts himself. We all know that it’s only a matter of time before all of the fear mongers start posting jargon-filled posts meant to scare you into paying for protection. Well I thought I’d attempt to beat them to the punch. Here’s what you need to know:
- Original content is more important than ever. A big part of the original penguin and what’s being revised in 2.0 is how links are being built. Great content builds natural links. Period. If you are building links in any other way you are at risk of this and future spam updates. I know content can seem cumbersome but it’s not as bad as you think…
- Get signed up with webmaster tools! A great and much less ‘scary’ update will be the enhanced messaging through webmaster tools. If your site gets hacked, hit by this update or if any significant events occur Google will reach out through webmaster tools with tips on what to do. Given all the tools and insights that were already available in webmaster tools there is no excuse to not have this set up for your site(s)!
- Social signals appear to be on the rise. As Google continues to try to offer the best results it knows that social relevancy is harder to game than a web index. Plus they REALLY want you to use Google+. So something this update will do is add influence from sites that have a social relevancy for a certain topic. (That’s automotive for you, folks.) Be sure to be active on the main social channels and put your expertise on display!
That's the gist of it! Not so scary right? It’s all about putting the time in and doing things the right way. So now get out there and fight the good fight. Make awesome content. Sign up for webmaster tools. Be social!