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The fall of 2016 was an extremely volatile time from a Google algorithm update standpoint. Actually, I believe it was the most volatile fall I have ever seen. We saw numerous updates from Google, including partial rollbacks. For example, we had Penguin 4 in late September and early October, and then massive volatility in November (with some rollbacks), which then rolled into December.
Google’s Mobile Popup Algorithm Launches – First Examples of Negative Impact January 12, 2017 By Glenn Gabe Leave a Comment When it comes to Google algorithm updates, it’s not often we know about those updates before they roll out. Typically they roll out and we react, analyze the impact, and then try to determine what’s going on. But that’s not always the case.
Last year I wrote a post explaining how Google can treat redirects to non-relevant urls as soft 404s. Google’s John Mueller explained that during a webmaster hangout video and it was great to hear confirmation from Google that it can happen. I’ve seen that first-hand many times and provided a case study of that happening in my post. You should check it out if you haven’t already.
I’ve written about Murphy’s Law for SEO before, and it’s scary as heck. And that’s especially the case for large-scale websites with many moving parts. Murphy’s law is an old adage that says, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” For example, no matter how much you plan and prep for large-scale SEO changes, there’s a good possibility that something will go wrong.
Google’s quality algorithms are always at work. And Google’s John Mueller has explained a number of times that if you are seeing a decrease in rankings during algorithm updates, and over the long-term, then it could mean that Google’s quality algorithms might not be convinced that your site is the best possible result for users.
Google has been busy, that’s for sure. Since the August 19 update, we’ve seen a number of significant updates causing serious volatility in the SERPs. Sure, Google pushes many updates per year, typically between 1,000 and 1,500 annually, but some are small updates that many don’t even notice. But then there are larger changes that cause the earth to shake. That’s what I’m focusing on here.
While helping companies deal with major algorithm updates, I tend to field a lot of questions. For example, marketing teams, developers, designers, and even c-level executives tend to pepper me with questions about quality updates, Panda, and other disturbances in the Google force. When answering questions about topics like these, it’s great to respond with information direct ...
Nothing says “end of summer” like fading tans, empty propane tanks, sunscreen aversion, and… a fresh quality update. Yes, here we go again… As I mentioned in my post about the May 17, 2017 update, Google seems to be pushing quality updates almost monthly now (refreshing its quality algorithms). That’s great if you are looking to recover, but tough if you’re in the gray area o ...
If you have been following my posts over the past few years, then you know I’ve heavily tracked Google featured snippets. They are fascinating to me, take up a large chunk of real estate in the SERPs, and can drive a ton of traffic. You can read my previous posts about featured snippets to learn more about this.
When performing SEO audits, it’s not unusual to surface pages being noindexed that also contain rel canonical. And that setup does’t make sense. Using the meta robots tag or x-robots-tag with noindex tells the engines to not index the page, while rel canonical tells the engines which is the preferred url for indexing. You can end up sending Google very confusing signals.
Ever since features snippets landed in the SERPs, I’ve been heavily analyzing their impact. They have always fascinated me based on their unique SERP treatment, the amount of traffic they can drive, and how the featured snippets algorithm works. And If you’ve read any of my posts about featured snippets, then you know the algorithm is extremely temperamental.
We’ve seen our fair share of major core ranking updates this year with an update in early January, then the February 7 update, then Fred on March 7, and then more movement in late April and early May. And just a few weeks from the last update, we witnessed another big core update that rolled out on May 17, 2017.
Yes, it’s possible to filter GSC data using regex. Like many of you, I’ve been asking for regex support in GSC for a long time. But as we know, the search analytics reporting unfortunately only provides basic filters for queries and landing pages. In addition, you can’t export more than one thousand rows in the GSC UI, which is limiting.
March 7, 2017 will not be forgotten any time soon (at least for SEOs). That’s when a major algorithm update rolled out that impacted many sites across the web. It was named Fred (unfortunately) and there was quite a bit of controversy surrounding the update. Google finally confirmed the update, which is great, but there was so much obvious impact that a confirmation almost wasn’t necessary.
While helping companies improve overall quality, I’m typically neck deep in performing technical audits and analyzing crawl data. And with many large-scale sites, it’s not uncommon to come across a heavy amount of pagination used throughout those sites. Now, pagination is totally fine to have and can help both users and bots get to your content through organized categories.
When experiencing a traffic drop due to an algorithm update, redesign, migration, or some other event, it’s important to dig into the drop to understand the queries and landing pages that saw the biggest change. When you do, you can have a strong feel for the pages impacted and the queries leading to those pages (and that can sometimes help you begin to identify the cause of the drop).
I’ve been fascinated with featured snippets since they hit the Google search results, and I’ve written a number of posts about them over the past few years. During that time, I have conducted a boatload of research to determine when they get surfaced, how quickly that happens, how to win featured snippets, and how to retain them. The reason I’m so fascinated by featured snippets is simple.
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