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Google Algorithm

Updates
March 14, 2017

Guidelines targeting offensive, upsetting, inaccurate and hateful results

New quality rater guidelines are out, specifically updated to tell the quality raters how to detect offensive, upsetting, inaccurate and hateful pages. The purpose of this is to make the algorithm more accurate when penalizing this type of websites.

March 8, 2017

Fred

The so-called “Fred” update is officially confirmed. It affected quite a large number of websites. Google classified it as a quality update. Ad-heavy sites with low-quality content saw the heaviest penalization.

February 7, 2017

A big one

There has been an update accompanied by wild fluctuations in SERPs. Although unconfirmed, a vast amount of analysis suggests that it’s primarily related to content quality and site usability.

February 3, 2017

Big in Japan

There was a significant quality-related update targeting only Japanese market. Google Japan confirmed it.

February 1, 2017

Links and PBN

This update was spotted more by the tools, than on webmaster forums. However, it was discussed on black hat forums. It seems to target links, mostly from PBNs.

January 23, 2017

Minor update

There was a small update spotted both by webmasters and the tools. SERP fluctuations have been more pronounced than usual, but not alarming nevertheless.

January 10, 2017

Mobile interstitials penalty

Google started penalizing mobile websites that are using interstitials (ads that block main content when accessing the website).