In this post I am discussing the stress that comes from an official or alleged update to Google search engine algorithm.
By reading this article you will learn what a Google search algorithm update is, how Google make changes to search results and why this can be stressful for both clients, digital marketing agencies and SEO managers.
This article is part of a series of article where I analyse how stressful is digital marketing. The series also includes:
Before I write about the stress element, let’s define a Google search algorithm update.
A Google search algorithm update (or core update) is a major change that Google makes to its search algorithm.
Typically, Google makes a number of updates throughout the year.
The goal of these broad updates is for Google:
to present relevant and authoritative content to searchersMellone, P. Google Search Algorithm Core Update, December 2022, Dec 7, 2020 – Increasily.com.
The most common effects is a significant increase in volatility for keyword rankingsMellone, P. June 2021 Google Core Update: Great Guide + Timeline, Jun 3, 2021 – Increasily.com.
This means website rankings could suddenly drop or spike as a result of the update.
This could generate a significant drop or spike in traffic and / or revenue as a direct consequence of the update.
The main source of stress for clients, business owners and marketing manager is seeing the traffic and revenue drop without much of an explanation.
Digital marketers and SEO managers feel equally stressed for the same reason.
Google gives some tips on what to do if your website has been affected by a core update but no practical steps to take.
Follow these steps if your website has been affected by a Google search algorithm updateMellone, P. June 2021 Google Core Update: Great Guide + Timeline, Jun 3, 2021 – Increasily.com:
Another source of stress is that there is no guarantee that by focusing on content websites affected by a core update will recover recover their original rankings.
If they do, it’s also unlikely it will happen before the next core update.
Broad core updates tend to happen every few months. Content that was impacted by one might not recover—assuming improvements have been made—until the next broad core update is released.
Do keep in mind that improvements made by site owners aren’t a guarantee of recovery, nor do pages have any static or guaranteed position in our search results.
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|↑1||Mellone, P. Google Search Algorithm Core Update, December 2022, Dec 7, 2020 – Increasily.com|
|↑2, ↑3||Mellone, P. June 2021 Google Core Update: Great Guide + Timeline, Jun 3, 2021 – Increasily.com|
|↑4||Sullivan, D. What site owners should know about Google’s core updates, Aug 1, 2019 – Google.com|