Mid-November Google Algorithm Search Ranking Update

Yesterday I saw signs of a spike in webmaster and SEO chatter about ranking changes in Google. That chatter has built up over the past 24 hours and the monitoring tools, most of them, have spiked as well. It looks like a more significant Google search ranking algorithm update was pushed out over the past 36 hours. It is hard to say exactly what happened but this is not at the levels of a major Penguin or Panda update but it is more significant than the daily Google updates does throughout the day.

Here are some of the comments from WebmasterWorld:

I’m seeing changes in the top 3 results. We’ve seen drops from ~#2 to ~#4

In my niche, there seems to be quite a lot of movement? My site in particular shows in position 7 (where it’s been for over 18 months), then 5, then 13, then back to 7

I’m seeing KWs jumping around too, fortunately in our favor.

There are several threads at the Google Webmaster Help forums also, but here is one of them:

I’m seeing massive drop in search traffic on one of my site, please check if there’s anything that i can do.- I have not received any messages on Search Console – Its an education site – I’ve attached screenshot for past few days analytics traffic data. – Is Google rolling out new algorithm update ?

And some on Twitter also, here is one:

@glenngabe @rustybrick @Marie_Haynes Seeing early signs of volatility in the SERPs since yesterday, which typically result in SEO community chatter within a day or so. Noticing anything on your end? 🙂

The example sites I’ve seen so far are ad heavy, low quality content sites but I only saw a handful of sites. It is way too early for me to say anything concrete about this update.

My concern is that Google said in the past, they will try to minimize updates before/during holidays and with black Friday and the big Thanksgiving shopping season next week, why now Google?

Here are some of the tools showing the update:

Mozcast:

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Algoroo:

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SEMrush:

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RankRanger:

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Accuranker:

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SERPMetrics:

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Do you see changes in your rankings and Google organic traffic over the past 24 hours?

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Google Search Algorithm & Ranking Update : October 7th – 9th

Looks like we had a Google algorithm update over the weekend, starting probably late Friday, October 6th and rolling out over the weekend. Most took notice on Saturday October 7th but the chatter is still fairly strong and will likely remain strong for the net couple of days.

The ongoing WebmasterWorld thread has a lot of weekend chatter around Google ranking shuffles and changes. Here are some of those comments from the thread:

I am seeing our site appear number 1 then number 2 then number 3 or 4 in incognito. Google is now shuffling the serps!

I am seeing now some massive changes on search the Friday 13th update may have been brought forward…. if I’m right I brag naming rights as the “Sunday B|oody Sunday Update” happy!

Huge improvments on my side. +65% comparing this sunday with last sunday.

Looks like my organic traffic is now back to normal and I’m seeing slight increase.

I don’t think we should name it the Sunday Bloody Sunday Update – since the update started before Sunday. Maybe you can call it the Columbus Weekend update since today is Columbus Day or something Fred related or we can not name it anything.

Here are the tools, almost all of them showing significant changes in Google:

Mozcast:
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Algoroo:
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SEMRush:
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Accuranker:
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SERP Metrics:
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Advanced Web Rankings:
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RankRanger:
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RankRanger is the only tool not showing changes, which is weird – maybe there is a bug with their software or maybe they see something no one else does?

In any event, I don’t see any comments from Google on this and I am honestly tired of asking Google about these updates. Maybe that will change with Danny Sullivan joining Google or maybe it won’t? We will see.

Resource URL:- https://www.seroundtable.com/google-search-algorithm-ranking-update-october-24589.html

Google Search Ranking & Algorithm Update Underway? Chatter..

Google Algorithm Update

In the past 24 to 48 hours I have been noticing an uptick in SEO and webmaster chatter around a possible Google search algorithm and ranking update. It is not clear if it is related to specific algorithm changes or maybe changes to how things rank due to user interface changes but there are webmasters asking what is going on.

The ongoing WebmasterWorld thread has a nice amount of early chatter. I am seeing comments on my own site on the past day or so with complaints and other social media mentions.

This might be something Google reverted or is rolling out slowly, it is not clear. Of course, with any of these, without Google confirming it, we have no way to say for sure if Google did do an update. Google will just give us their typical line that they make updates all the time or say “Fred.”

Here are some of the mentions from the forum threads:

We had a horrific morning at 50% down, but it’s back to normal for the last hour

Whatever they did but today we have a drop of 50% right now with bounce at 99%.

I’m more than 50%, closer to 75%!

Seeing two sets of results. One obviously one better than the other.bad set: traffic about 5% no user action, no transactions, bounce 100% good result: normal traffic, user action, bounce at 30%, normal sales

I’m seeing a few drop in visitors on my site. Might be it has something to do with this update or else.

Virtually all the automated Google tracking tools show normal “weather” behavior and no real signs of a major update yet. Maybe they will pick up on it tomorrow or maybe like I said, it was just Google testing here and there.

I am not seeing mass complaints in the normal Google forums with specific webmasters complaining yet. I am just seeing this analysis from SEOs and Webmasters in the more Google focused forums.

Are you seeing ranking changes and traffic changes?

Resource: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-search-ranking-algorithm-update-24419.html

Google Algorithm & Ranking Update Chatter

Google Update Brewing

Starting over the weekend, mostly Saturday and Sunday on August 19th and 20th, there were some chatter in the webmaster channels around Google fluctuations in the search results. The chatter was intense for a day or so and died out a lot since then, but there was chatter.

Both WebmasterWorld and Black Hat World both had chatter around a weekend Google update. But like I said, the chatter mostly died down since, although the black hat forums are more “chatty” about it.

The threads are talking about both personal ups and downs in the Google search results and also overall lack of quality in the search results over the weekend.

Some of the tools show a spike of some sorts near the weekend, not that I fully trust the tools but it is good when measured against the chatter in the webmaster community.

Here is Mozcast:

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Here is Algoroo which is missing the 19th:

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Accuranker:

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RankRanger:

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SEMRush Sensor:

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To be 100% clear, the chatter is very limited compared to large updates but there is chatter and the tools do correlate to the chatter.

Did you notice ranking changes and traffic changes from Google since the weekend?

Resource: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-algorithm-ranking-update-24341.html

Poll: Is Black Hat SEO Dying?

There is a pretty large new thread at Black Hat World where “black hats” are discussing if their methods are dying out now. Black hat SEO is the SEO practice of going against Google’s webmaster guidelines in order to manipulate the Google search results in their own favor. These practices can include link spam, hacking into sites, hurting competitors, and many other forms of spam listed in the webmaster guidelines.

The thread was started a couple days ago and now has dozens and dozens of replies. Some believe it is way harder to do black hat SEO these days then it was years ago. Some are saying Google’s algorithms are way smarter now. Some are saying that Google acts too fast to remove their sites and the effort is not worth it. While others are saying it still works well and although it may be harder, it is still very effective if you know what you are doing.

Here are some quotes from the thread:

If it is an algorithm, it can be gamed. That should sum it up.

It’s just evolving.

Blackhat works. Yes, still it is working well. The question is, how experience you do have and how well you could implement them.

It all depends on what niche you are working on and how much you got power to dominate. It’s a game

Do you do black hat SEO? Do you know people that do? Please take our anonymous poll below and have your friends take it. I’d love to share the results in the near future.

 

Google: We Penalizes Egregious Link Manipulation; Otherwise Ignores The Link

As you know, Google treats links from spammy sites vs unnatural links differently. But Google also treats different types of unnatural links differently as well. Unnatural links that are classified as “egregious link manipulation” would likely penalize a site whereas other links that are unnatural are likely just ignored by Google.

Gary Illyes from Google said this on Twitter:

If you have a footer nav with the same links on each page, would Google view this as attempted manipulation & penalize? @methode @JohnMu

@_newsbulletin @JohnMu That depends on the purpose of that link really, but if it’s not a egregious link manipulation scheme, we’re more likely to just ignore them

Google’s new real time Penguin algorithm devalues links and no longer penalizes or demotes links – so this is a similar statement.

Source link:- https://www.seroundtable.com/google-penalizes-egregious-link-manipulation-23957.html

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