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Kathleen Garvin

Food for Thought Friday: Panda 4.1 & 100 Blog Post Ideas

Kathleen Garvin

The new Google algorithm has been released.

We've got news on the latest algo, a software bug and one writer's attempt to come up with 100 different ideas for content in 30 minutes or less.

Check out the three articles we highlighted, and let us know your thoughts!

Panda 4.1 — Google’s 27th Panda Update — Is Rolling Out by Danny Sullivan, September 25, Search Engine Land

Google has announced that the latest version of its Panda Update — a filter designed to penalize “thin” or poor content from ranking well — has been released.

Google said in a post on Google+ that a “slow rollout” began earlier this week and will continue into next week, before being complete. Google said that depending on location, about 3%-to-5% of search queries will be affected.

Anything different about this latest release? Google says it’s supposed to be more precise and will allow more high-quality small and medium-sized sites to rank better.

Security Experts Expect ‘Shellshock’ Software Bug in Bash to Be Significant by Nicole Perlroth, September 25, The New York Times

On Thursday, security experts warned that Bash contained a particularly alarming software bug that could be used to take control of hundreds of millions of machines around the world, potentially including Macintosh computers and smartphones that use the Android operating system.

The bug, named “Shellshock,” drew comparisons to the Heartbleed bug that was discovered in a crucial piece of software last spring.

But Shellshock could be a bigger threat. While Heartbleed could be used to do things like steal passwords from a server, Shellshock can be used to take over the entire machine. And Heartbleed went unnoticed for two years and affected an estimated 500,000 machines, but Shellshock was not discovered for 22 years.

I Challenged Myself to Create 100 Blog Post Ideas in 30 Minutes by Sarah Burke, September 18, Spokal

Why can’t I try to create that many ideas, in that time constraint, while also documenting the process and showing everyone the results?

Here’s what happened when I challenged myself to create 100 blog post ideas in 30 minutes.

list of blog ideasImage credit: Spokal

Ed. note: Share your thoughts on the latest Google update in the comments below! Has your or your client's site been affected?

Kathleen Garvin is an online editor and analytics wrangler for The Penny Hoarder, the largest personal finance blog. She's also a contributing writer for I Want Her Job and started a beginner-friendly digital marketing blog, The Maroon House. Kathleen is the former blog editor at SEMrush.

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