Head of Search Spam for Google, Matt Cutts, recently announced that Google Panda Updates would soon be integrated into their overall regular algorithm updates.
These ongoing algorithm updates will likely mean that Panda Updates will be less severe, and have a less noticeable effect as they roll out. This will be music to the ears of SEOs and online marketing professionals.
During the announcement, which took place at SMX West, Cutts also explained that the change could take place as early as next weekend, in line with the next Google Panda update. These updates have taken place on a regular basis over the past two years, but this latest refresh marks a very significant change in the way these updates will take place.
The next Google Panda Update is expected in the next few days. The last Panda refresh took place on 22 January, it was the 24th version of the algorithm. This marks one of the longer periods between updates.
Cutts also announce that a large Google Penguin update would arrive in 2013, and represents one of the most talked about Google algorithm updates of the year. Penguin was last updated in October 2012.