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Google Algorithm

Updates
June 25, 2017

Confusing update

There has been a confusing algo update that took more time than usual to stabilize. According to Rank Ranger, it made the most significant impact on the positions 6-10 (not that other positions weren’t affected, but the extent wasn’t as nearly as great). Webmasters didn’t pick this one up as quickly as the tools did, though, and it took them a bit longer to react. The real consequences of this update are yet to be determined.

June 11, 2017

Local ranking algorithm update

Fluctuations were spotted with Google local results between June 11 and June 18, indicating that they have done some major updates to their local search.

May 17, 2017

Long one

This update probably started on the 17th of May; however, while the tracking tools went bananas, it took quite a while for the webmasters to pick up on this one. There are indications that this has been some sort of a quality-related update.

April 17, 2017

Update rumors

There was massive volatility on April 17 and 18. The webmasters were quite vocal about their findings, and the tools also picked up on this, which suggests a rather significant update might be on the way.

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.