September 12, 2022 Confirmed

September 2022 Broad Core Update

Google announced rolling out its second broad core update of the year. The update started rolling out on September 12, 2022, and the rollout was complete on September 26, 2022. This update by Google ensures that users see an impact on the search engine rankings after reassessing your site’s content.

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After the successful completion of Google’s helpful content update on September 09, 2022, this is the second update from Google in the same month.

Google frequently releases one or more algorithm changes to improve search results with helpful and quality content. Most aren’t noticeable, while sometimes an update might be more noticeable, like the broad core updates.

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August 25, 2022 Confirmed

Google's Helpful Content Update

Google announced rolling out its Helpful Content Update in its official blog post. The update started rolling out on Aug 25, 2022, and will take 2 weeks to roll out fully. This update is part of a broader effort by Google to ensure that users see the best content possible in search results.

With this update, Google attempts to demote low-value content from search results. And the update is expected to be as big as Panda, which targeted low-quality content, and Penguin, which targeted webspam.

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August 8, 2022 Confirmed

Peak SERP Volatility due to Google Outage (August 2022)

The Google outage on August 8th, 2022, caused major disruptions for many businesses and website owners who rely on the search engine for traffic.

The outage seems to have been caused by a software update leading to issues with the indexing system. This has resulted in pages dropping out of the search results and poor quality or dated results being served up.

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July 27, 2022 Confirmed

July 2022 Product Reviews Update

Google announced rolling out a new product reviews update on July 27, 2022. This rollout will take 2-3 weeks to complete and will impact a wide range of websites.

This update builds on Google’s previous product reviews update, which was released in March 2022. The main aim of this update is to provide users with more accurate and relevant information when searching for products online.

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June 23, 2022 Unconfirmed

Unconfirmed Search Ranking Update (June 2022)

Google seems to be rolling out yet another algorithm update, as SERP trackers show severe volatility on June 23, 2022. However, Google has not confirmed any algorithm on their part.

The May 2022 broad core update finished rolling out on June 9, 2022. While the volatility from the former update settled down, the current unconfirmed update stirred up another round of fluctuations in SERP.

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June 3, 2022 Confirmed

Title Link Algorithm Update for Multilingual and Transliterated Titles

Google announced making an algorithmic update for title links. This update targets multilingual and transliterated titles to ensure the title link is in the same language or script as that of the actual page or content.

In case you missed it, Google started rewriting titles last year, which initially didn’t go well with the SEO community, and this current update is seen as a further improvement to the algorithm.

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May 25, 2022 Confirmed

May 2022 Broad Core Algorithm Update

Google announced rolling out a new core update on May 25, 2022, and the update is likely to take two more weeks to roll out completely. This is the first broad core algorithm update of 2022 since the last core update in November 2021. Several webmasters and SEOs are concerned with this update as they are expecting to experience some turbulence in the SEO rankings.

Google has been making substantial improvements to the overall ranking processes several times a year. So, with that, we can conclude that these updates might produce some noticeable changes to how sites perform, which we’ve noted in previous core algorithm updates. 

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May 6, 2022 Unconfirmed

Unconfirmed Google Search Algorithm Update (6th-8th May 2022)

Google might have been possibly rolling out a new search ranking update causing significant spikes in web traffic. The update might have begun affecting many on 6th May, causing a significant drop in traffic for many regions.

Later, there was a surge in web traffic on the 8th of May, which happens to be Mother’s Day. While Google has not officially confirmed this issue, we can expect some time for the search movements to get settled.

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April 20, 2022 Unconfirmed

Unconfirmed Search Ranking Algorithm Update (Apr 2022)

Google seems to be rolling out another major search ranking algorithm update as several SERP tracking tools have reported massive fluctuations on April 20th and 21st, 2022. The SERP fluctuations are also recognized by several webmasters and SEO experts.

Although the update seems to be big, Google has not announced rolling out any search updates during this timeframe.

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March 23, 2022 Confirmed

March 2022 Product Reviews Update

Google has started rolling out yet another product reviews update on March 23, 2022, and it will take a few weeks to fully roll out. The update is meant to enhance Google’s ability to identify high-quality product reviews.

This is the first product reviews update of this calendar year, and Google has shared the criteria they use to evaluate product reviews with this update.

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February 22, 2022 Confirmed

Page Experience Update for Desktop

Google has begun rolling out the page experience update for desktop on Feb 22, 2022 (Twosday). The update will roll out slowly over the next several weeks and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2022.

Similar to the page experience report for mobile, Google had launched a dedicated report for desktop pages earlier in the Search Console report, so webmasters could understand how well their site has fared in the eyes of Google.

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February 8, 2022 Confirmed

Google Enhances DMCA Update

Google has shared information on the demotion signal developed to enhance the DMCA update (also known as Pirate update). Any website demoted by this update, on average, loses 89% of the search traffic.

Google’s DMCA update was originally launched in the year 2012 and was further updated in the year 2014. Since then, this is the first time, Google has advised regarding DMCA update.

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December 1, 2021 Confirmed

December 2021 Product Reviews Update

Google has announced the rollout of a new product reviews update on December 1, 2021. The update is now rolling out only for English language pages and will take about three weeks to roll out completely.

This is the second product reviews update this calendar year, and expected to make changes to how your product reviews rank in search results. In case if you were hit by the previous update, any improvements made to improve the overall quality of your reviews are likely to be rewarded in search rankings.

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November 30, 2021 Confirmed

November 2021 Local Search Update

Google announced the completion of their November 2021 local search update rollout. The update started rolling out on November 30th and ran till December 8th. Several SEOs have noticed these fluctuations in local search results during this time period.

This update is global and involves the rebalancing of various factors that Google considers when generating local search results.

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November 17, 2021 Confirmed

November 2021 Core Update

Google announced rolling out a new core update on November 17, 2021, and the update is likely to take two more weeks to complete.  Several webmasters and SEOs are concerned with the timing of this update as the holiday season is just around the corner.

As it goes with any core update, the update is more general and would reassess how your website’s content has performed since the last update. With that said, SERP fluctuations are expected during the rollout of this update.

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November 3, 2021 Confirmed

November Anti-Spam Update

Google has rolled out an anti-spam update on November 3, 2021, and the update will be fully rolled-out within a week. While the exact details of the update are not disclosed yet, webmasters are encouraged to follow the best search practices.

This update is a part of Google’s continuing measures to eliminate spam from search results. And it’s worth noting that we’ve already seen three spam updates this calendar year (Link spam update, Anti-Spam Update I, and Anti-Spam Update II).

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October 2, 2021 Unconfirmed

Peak SERP Volatility in October 2021

SERP Tracking tools have picked up strong fluctuations in search results, as high as seen around during core updates. The volatility was seen on October 2nd & 3rd (varied across different regions and timezones) but was prominently seen across all the regions on October 3, 2021.

This could be likely a change made by Google that has triggered the SERP tools, but the traffic and rankings might not have been impacted at the same level.

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September 8, 2021 Unconfirmed

Possible Long Volatile Search Ranking Update (Sep 2021)

SERP Tracking tools are off the chart for over a week-longsigns of a possible search ranking update. The SERP volatility started on September 8, 2021, and carried on till September 15, 2021, which goes for over a week.

In the last few months, we’ve come across a number of algorithm updates, but this update seems unusually long, especially for an unconfirmed update. However, the intensity of this update is not as massive as compared to the core updates.

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September 4, 2021 Unconfirmed

Unconfirmed Google Algorithm Update (Sep 4th, 2021)

SERP tracking tools have picked up strong signals of SERP fluctuations around September 4, 2021. Some movements in search results were also seen on Sep 3rd and 5th in certain regions, while the spike on Sep 4th was clear and widespread across all regions.

This update is different from the changes that Google announced earlier on September 3, 2021, for the Google News app — as with the current unconfirmed update, the fluctuations are seen widely across many niches, very likely a distinct update.

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August 18, 2021 Unconfirmed

Unconfirmed Google Search Update (Mid-August 2021)

SERP tracking tools have picked up signals of SERP fluctuations starting on August 18, 2021. But a lot has happened on Google search around this time. The spike in SERP fluctuations could be due to the slow rollout of the link spam update or a bug discovered in the Top Stories carousel, or a tweak that Google has made to rewrite titles completely.

While the exact reason is not easy to conclude as Google has not announced any update on their part, the fluctuations are evident as some webmasters have even seen a spike in traffic and CTR.

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