On Friday afternoon, March 1st, maybe going through Saturday, March 2nd, there may have been yet another Google search ranking algorithm update. We had one on February 27th and February 22nd and now another unconfirmed one on March 2nd. They seem like tremors, maybe tweaks to previous updates. We have both chatter and trackers showing the updates.To me it seems like tweaks and updates to previous updates from earlier in the week or past couple of weeks. It is hard to say for sure, Google has not confirmed any algorithm updates, I've asked. Here is what the ongoing WebmasterWorld thread has been saying:biggest hit last night into the day. Refs from google are down by 99%. Seeing it across several domains. And again serps are full of shops that i would trust a penny. If it is this that google tries to compete against amazon, google is lost Weird situation since last update, rankings have improved but traffic from Google has drastically gone down.Pretty hard changes today... Fingers … [Read more...] about March 1st Google Search Algorithm Ranking Update
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I am seeing some new chatter and most of the tools are backing up the chatter around another Google search ranking algorithm update that started around yesterday, February 27th. We just reported on another unconfirmed update around February 22nd as well. The chatter is pretty limited and fresh but I suspect it will pick up soon in the ongoing WebmasterWorld forums. Here are some of what the SEO community is saying there starting on the 27th:Anyone seen a drop overnight into this morning?I saw some moderate shifting happening last night before going to bed. SEMRush is back in the yellow again too.Seeing some small shifts in this latest update (27th). I’ve got a handful of pages in fragile balance that go up and down depending on what Google have tweaked. LSI/keywords seems to have become less important and authority more important. Not simply link authority to the page, more like total site authority, or perhaps something to do with branded links. This seems to have been a big … [Read more...] about A Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On February 27th?
I know Gary Illyes from Google is going to roll his eyes when he sees this post, but I find it funny and I want to share what he wrote on this Reddit AMA regarding Google's ranking factors. He was asked to share some more search ranking factors, and one that he shared was "Pornyness."It is basic actually, Google does have an adult content classifier and that type of content does get treated differently for many reasons. So yes, it is an easy factor to pull out and say, yes, Google has a factor for adult content. But just the way he said it was funny.Here was the question:The CEO of Google during his testifying to Congress about user data (how the search works) said that there were 200 ranking signal factors, but he only mentioned 3 of them: relevance, freshness, popularity. Would you like to mention several more ranking factors? <3 So I will be able to implement them on my website and get better rankings.He responded saying local, RankBrain, pageRank/links, language, and he added … [Read more...] about Google Search Ranking Factors Include “Pornyness”
Over the past 24-48 hours, I've been seeing some chatter amongst the SEO communities, a bit more in the black hat space, but still chatter. Chatter of a Google search algorithm update touching down the past couple of days.Some are saying it reversed their Medic Update downfalls while others aren't sure if it is related to that. This is all really new and most of the tracking tools show almost no fluctuations over the past day or so. Some of the tools do show the fluctuations but most don't.The WebmasterWorld and Black Hat World communities have this to say:yep. My rankings almost got back where they were before the medic update.Hit me big time. Top 10 ranking pages are now on page 2 -3.content original, long, over 1500 words. Established website with good links no PBN. No idea whats going on.I dont know whether to add more content, increase KW density or wait it out.Same for me, I didn't change anything on my site, I think Google did a resetTraffic went to 1.5k from 4kAll my rankings … [Read more...] about Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Chatter January 15th
Over the past few days the SEO communities and forums have been in a somewhat state of stress watching their rankings and analytics fluctuate up and down. It is like Google is tweaking things in real time and the search results are very unstable. I am not sure I'd call it one of the many Google algorithm updates we've been covering but it does sure seem weird.SEOs are saying their rankings are all over the place the past few days. I was suspecting there was some sort of update going on or maybe small tweaks but it is hard to say. The automated tools aren't showing much in terms of fluctuations or changes but the community, or at least some of it, feels a bit nervous about what is going on. Here are some quotes from the ongoing WebmasterWorld and Black Hat World threads:Our traffic still appears to be erratic, unpredictable, and generally down a little bit each and every day. However, tracked keywords remain stable in rankings and are not the worst I've ever seen them (but far … [Read more...] about Google Search Rankings Seems Unstable; More Algorithm Tweaks Or Penalties?