Potential Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On June 27th

Google Algorithm Update

I am seeing chatter within the SEO community throughout the past 24 hours and many of the automated Google tracking tools seem to be corroborating with that chatter that there may have been a Google update yesterday. Now, Google has not confirmed this update – so it is likely not a core update but might be something else going on.

Google likes to confirm those core updates and I assume that since they didn’t pre-announce anything there that this is not a core update. Could it be a tweak to the June core update? Possibly or it can be a completely different Google algorithm update that Google does not want to talk about. It can also be something search spam related impacting a specific set of factors or it can be a bug with Google or a batch of sites.

I don’t know yet – it is way too early. Right now, I am seeing a nice surge in chatter within the industry within WebmasterWorld and some in Black Hat World. Here is some of that chatter:

Yes an update is rolling out, I’m down -15% in today’s update.

I’m seeing the same here, I was down about 15% yesterday and it’s looking worse for today.

More drops for anyone today? Another 10% drop here

-10% today

I am seeing big changes in the SERPs now. I see what feels like an update is underway OR at least some kind of tweaks.

Here are screen shots from the automated Google ranking checkers:

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SERPMetrics:

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Algoroo:

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Advanced Web Rankings:

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Accuranker:

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RankRanger:

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SEMRush:

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Do you see ranking changes and Google organic search traffic changes over the past 24 hours or so?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Algorithm Update, Social Profile Markup, Mobile-First Indexing, Search Console & Tests vs Bugs

This week in search we had a possible Google algorithm update touch down yesterday, June 27th. Google removed support for social profile markup specifically with the knowledge panels, that might cause an issue for some businesses. Google Search Console added awesome features for mobile-first indexing, they also are sending out notifications of big changes in your top queries placements, Google also added copy and paste features to the toolset. Google had a data delay issue again with Search Console, they said they fixed it but they seem delayed again this morning. Google may bring full page rendered screen shots to Google’s testing tools. Google may be testing bringing back the green ad label on mobile search ads, they also might be testing stackable people also search for buttons. A Google bug led to a featured snippet having zero attribution but in that, Google is not showing favicons on all mobile browsers. Google had another bug with tons of links showing in the right panel featured snippets result. Google’s biggest bug this week was its search engine completely not working for some searchers. Sometimes images in featured snippets can confuse your metrics in Google Search Console. John Mueller of Google said perfectly done site migrations can happen in a day for Google but sometimes it can be scary and must be done super well. GoogleBot does not support HTTP pipelining according to Gary Illyes. Google posted an SEO myth busting video on web frameworks and SEO. Google My Business team is running 2-3 weeks behind in responding to people. That was this past week in search at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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Daily Search Forum Recap: June 28, 2019

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Algorithm Update, Social Profile Markup, Mobile-First Indexing, Search Console & Tests vs Bugs
    This week in search we had a possible Google algorithm update touch down yesterday, June 27th. Google removed support for social profile markup specifically with the knowledge panels…
  • Potential Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On June 27th
    I am seeing chatter within the SEO community throughout the past 24 hours and many of the automated Google tracking tools seem to be corroborating with that chatter that there may have been a Google update yesterday. Now, Google has not confirmed this update – so it is likely not a core update but might be something else going on.
  • Google Might Be Testing A Text Based Button In Its Search Box
    Google might be testing, or it might be a bug, or some browser issue, I am not 100% sure, a text based search button in its search box. So instead of the magnifying glass in the search box, there is a text based button or link that says “Search.”
  • Google: Site Migrations Can Take About A Day If Done Correctly
    John Mueller of Google was asked about doing site migrations and if it can impact your SEO. The short answer is that it can impact your SEO but if you do everything correctly it can be a matter of days until everything is back to where it was prior to the migration. But that is a big “if” – if you do it correctly.
  • Google Confirms GoogleBot Does Not Support HTTP Pipelining
    Gary Illyes from Google confirmed yesterday that GoogleBot does not support HTTP pipelining. The truth is, most modern browsers don’t support it either by default. HTTP pipelining is a technique in which multiple HTTP requests are sent on a single TCP (transmission control protocol) connection without waiting for the corresponding responses.
  • Google SEO Mythbusting Video On SEO Challenges With Web Frameworks
    Google’s Martin Splitt and Jason Miller, a Senior Web Developer Programs Engineer at Google, got together to create a video on the challenges around using web frameworks and how that may impact your SEO efforts.
  • Snoopy On Google Bike
    Here is a photo of the iconic Snoopy character on a rare Google bike in the Google NYC office. Yea, you don’t find many Google bikes in the New York office, most of them are in the Mountain View offic

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Daily Search Forum Recap: June 27, 2019

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

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Daily Search Forum Recap: June 26, 2019

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google May Bring Full Page Screenshot Renders To Testing Tools
    Google’s John Mueller hinted that Google may be bringing the full page from top to bottom as Google renders it in the testing tool’s screenshot section. John said on Twitter “I understand the desire to check full pages, & we’re looking into getting that, but a browser should get pretty close nowadays.”
  • Google: Sitemaps Do Not Directly Impact Your Search Rankings
    Gary Illyes from Google said that XML Sitemap files do not directly impact your rankings in Google Search. This is not new news but I like how he said “No, not direct anyway” to answer the question.
  • Google Deprecates Support For Social Profile Markup For Knowledge Panels
    Google announced yesterday that they have deprecated support for social profile markup specifically for the knowledge panels. Instead Google said you can either claim your knowledge panel and/or let Google figure it out without the markup.
  • Google Bug Shows Tons Of Links In Featured Snippets
    There is a Google bug that can show tons of links in the featured snippets box on the right hand side panel of the search results. Andy Haley spotted the issue and Ryan Jones shared it on Twitter, Valentin Pletzer was able to replicate the issue as well. Danny Sullivan from Google said this looks like a bug and he escalated it.
  • Google May Be Testing Bringing Back Green Ad Label
    About a month ago, Google dropped the green ad label and switched it to a black ad label. The SEM community was not a fan, they felt it blended too much with the organic ads espesially since Google also rolled out favicons in the organic search results. Well, Google may be testing bringing back the green ad label now.
  • Wood Google Search Console Sign
    Daniel Waisberg from the Google webmaster team shared a photo of a wooden Google Search Console sign. The sign is from Google I/O earlier this year and I think it made its way from California to Tel A

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Daily Search Forum Recap: June 25, 2019

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google: Influx In Google Alert Spam Shouldn’t Impact Your Google Rankings
    We have probably all seen it, an influx in spam related to the subscriptions you set with Google Alerts around your web site and brands you track. But Google’s John Mueller and Danny Sullivan said that influx of spam in Google Alerts should not have any impact on your Google search rankings.
  • Google Search Console Adds Copy & Search Code
    Yesterday Google added two new features to Google Search Console’s tools. You can now copy the code in the testing tools and you can also search for words within the code in those tools as well. This works within many of the tools including the AMP Test, Rich Results and URL Inspection tool.
  • Google Search Console Data Delay Resolved But Google Is Investigating
    Yesterday we reported that the coverage report within Google Search Console was delayed by 10-days. This morning Google fixed the issue or it fixed itself, but Google did say “but we’re still looking into this to make sure the issue has been completely resolved.”
  • Google: We Do Not Show Favicons On Some Browsers
    So while not showing attributions on featured snippets was a bug, in that same screen shot, Google not showing favicons is not a bug – it was intended. Danny Sullivan from Google confirmed on Twitter that “lack of favicons is not a bug here.” “With some browsers we show a simpler results format.” he added.
  • Google: Featured Snippet With Zero Attribution Was A Bug, Not A Test
    Google has said that the featured snippet without an attribution was a bug and 100% not something Google is testing. Danny Sullivan from Google was pretty upset with me for calling this a test when I never asked Google if they were indeed testing it.
  • Google Rainbow Bagels For Pride Month
    Google has been giving out rainbow colored bagels at the Google Mountain View office and New York City office and probably more. Here are some photos of the rainbow pride bagels I found on Instagram.

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Daily Search Forum Recap: June 24, 2019

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Images In Featured Snippets & Google Search Console Rankings Can Confuse You
    Do you ever notice that your rankings in Google Search Console shows you rank for a particular keyword phrase in position one but you can’t figure out why. Sometimes it is related to regional rankings and you need to use the filters to narrow it down, but other times it can be related to featured snippets.
  • Google My Business Team Backlog & Experiencing Delays Of 2-3 Weeks
    Google My Business has told one local SEO via Twitter direct message that the team is delayed 2-3 weeks. They wrote “please be aware that the team is currently experiencing a backlog and responses may be delayed for up to 2-3 weeks.”
  • Google To Webmaster: Start Over & Make A New Web Site
    Every now and then you hear advice from Google to a webmaster where they simply give them the hard news that they need to start over. Google’s John Mueller did that on Sunday when he told one webmaster that he needs to start over.
  • Google Search Console Coverage Report Suffering 10-Day Delay
    Yet again, Google Search Console is having reporting issues. This time the coverage report is now experiencing a 10-day delay. Normally this report is about two to three days behind schedule – which is normal. But 10-days is not a normal delay.
  • Google Tests Knowledge Panels Without Attribution
    Google is testing displaying knowledge panels in the search results that do not show any attribution. When I test this, I get Google attributing Wikipedia for the content but in a test that @Venkatramani spotted, it shows a similar knowledge panel but has no link or attribution to Wikipedia for the content or images.
  • Google Cloud On Mount Everest Base Camp
    Here is a photo I found on Twitter from Robert Enslin, President of Google Cloud sales, who brought the Google Cloud flag up to Mount Everest. He posted a message about joining his team at Google.

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Google Maps Fake Business Problem Gets Big Media Coverage

You and I and the whole local SEO community know how bad the Google Maps business listing spam issues are. We’ve been covering it forever. We know Google is trying to make efforts to improve things but the spammers are always one or two steps ahead of them.

Well, now this problem has made its way to the big media with the Wall Street Journal writing Millions of Business Listings on Google Maps Are Fake – and Google Profits. “Google Maps is filled with false business addresses created by firms pretending to be nearby,” they wrote. And then it goes through everything you and I know that these spammers are doing. They make the story very personal and real.

The local SEO community is happy for the coverage, hoping it leads to bigger and more significant efforts from Google:

Google did respond explaining How we fight fake business profiles on Google Maps – again, all stuff you know.

In any event – we will see if this larger more widespread media coverage will make a difference in how Google tackles this big problem…

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Algorithm Shift, Google vs Genius Lyrics, Google Search Console, Maps, YouTube & More

This week in search I covered a possible Google algorithm and ranking update on June 19th. Google said the core update and Panda update are not the same thing. Google was accused by Genius as stealing their lyrics, Google said they will investigate but they license the content from third-parties and now labels it as such. Google Search Console removed the preferred domain setting. Google is testing the new evergreen GoogleBot in the mobile-friendly test, URL inspection tool and other tools. Moz said the Google diversity update really didn’t do much to diversify the search results. Google does show hidden content as featured snippets. Google said there is no fixed time to snapshot rendered content. Google posted a poll asking if you would want a filter to see which links are nofollowed for your internal link report. Google said disallowed URLs do not impact your crawl budget. An SEO poll shows that too many SEOs are still focused on desktop analysis vs mobile. Google Search Console image search performance data is missing from June 5th through 7th. Google can show emojis, links and unicode in rich results for FAQ markup. Google is testing a lot of new interfaces, I summarized a bunch of them. Google My Business launched new features yesterday around short names, cover photos, logos and more. Local SEOs are complaining that Google My Business suspension reinstatements are taking too long. Google Duplex is now working on mobile, I posted some screen shots. Google is testing hotel search boxes without a local identifier. Google is testing showing Google Posts that are related to your searches. Google Maps fake business listing problem is getting some big attention now. Google is testing a new ad carousel that is named people also considered. Google’s Webmaster YouTube channel broke 300,000 subscribers! That was this week in search at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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