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Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On Saturday



Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On Saturday

I am seeing signs again of yet another weekend search ranking update from Google Search. Again, this is unconfirmed and it is hard to tell what this is from. It might be the tail-end of the Google link spam update, which is not fully done rolling out, even as of Friday. Or it might be something new.

I am seeing chatter, even over the weekend, in the various forums. And I am seeing big fluctuations and volatility reported from the tracking tools, virtually all of them are showing big swings yesterday, Saturday, August 14th. The chatter started to pick up a bit on Friday and through Saturday.

Again, Google’s Danny Sullivan told me on Friday the link spam update was not done yet but should be done soon. So I do wonder if this is related:

Google Update Chatter

Here is some of the chatter from WebmasterWorld:

Yes, we also notice some drop in our health niche client

After 3 days of normal traffic with lots of sales, we got hit yesterday in the evening again ( -50%).

Very big drop today.

A 32% drop in USA traffic from 8am this morning, but search and direct traffic appear normal. It appears to be coming from lower traffic via referral links and social media. Perhaps people are just out enjoying their summer Saturday. Sales have been awful this entire summer…non-existent really, and also hearing that it’s quiet from friends in other niches not related to mine.

Looks like a major update is being rolled out, good luck everyone

Ugh huge drop – hoping it’s just turbulance.

everything down again, especially sales

But like with every update Google makes, not everyone is seeing it. But there is nice levels of chatter for me to check the tracking tools to see if they see an update – and they do.

Tracking Tools

Mozcast is showing hot weather:


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Semrush was pretty high on Saturday:

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Cognitive SEO:

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I know it is Sunday when I am reporting this but I figured since I am going on a family vacation this week, I get it live ASAP.

Have you seen ranking and traffic changes that are out of the norm for this weekend?


Glenn Gabe added some charts:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.



Google Workspace vs. Microsoft 365: What’s the best office suite for business?



Google G Suite vs. Microsoft Office

Once upon a time, Microsoft Office ruled the business world. By the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Microsoft’s office suite had brushed aside rivals such as WordPerfect Office and Lotus SmartSuite, and there was no competition on the horizon.

Then in 2006 Google came along with Google Docs & Spreadsheets, a collaborative online word processing and spreadsheet duo that was combined with other business services to form the Google Apps suite, later rebranded as G Suite, and now as Google Workspace. Although Google’s productivity suite didn’t immediately take the business world by storm, over time it has gained both in features and in popularity, boasting 6 million paying customers, according to Google’s most recent public stats in March 2020.

Microsoft, meanwhile, has shifted its emphasis away from its traditional licensed Office software to Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), a subscription-based version that’s treated more like a service, with frequent updates and new features. Microsoft 365 is what we’ve focused on in this story.

Nowadays, choosing an office suite isn’t as simple as it once was. We’re here to help.

Google Workspace vs. Microsoft 365

Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 have much in common. Both are subscription-based, charging businesses per-person fees every month, in varying tiers, depending on the capabilities their customers are looking for. Although Google Workspace is web-based, it has the capability to work offline as well. And while Microsoft 365 is based on installed desktop software, it also provides (less powerful) web-based versions of its applications.

Both suites work well with a range of devices. Because it’s web-based, Google Workspace works in most browsers on any operating system, and Google also offers mobile apps for Android and iOS. Microsoft provides Office client apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, and its web-based apps work across browsers.

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