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Another Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On October 28th?

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Some SEOs are noticing a possible Google search ranking algorithm update on or around October 28th where sites hit by the unconfirmed October 13ish update and even the October spam update (amongst others) are noticing big swings the other way in terms of their Google rankings and traffic.

Glenn Gabe shared a number of charts on Twitter documenting some large publishers based in the United Kingdom and beyond that showed big swings on October 28th, after being hit by previous updates. Here are those charts:

Other SEOs also noted:

The weird thing is that the overall chatter within the SEO community around October 28th was pretty light. I saw one mention of an update on October 28th in the WebmasterWorld forums and that is it. That SEO said “I saw some changes as well on the 28th, let’s wait a few days to see how it moves. It’s Halloween, so change of user behaviour.” You can tell by how they wrote behavior that they are based in the UK region. While a different WebmasterWorld thread has an SEO saying “After 40 days of torturous nonstop decline my oldest site suddenly showed some recovery today. It may be a temporary technical phenomenon and it may continue to slide for another month or forever. But the magnitude and instantaneous nature of this uptick is really stunning (for the size of the site). It erased 2 weeks of declines instantly.” Someone replied to that post agreeing, saying, “whatever Google released around 10/14 or 10/13 was seemingly reverted yesterday 10/29.” Another posted later Monday, “We had a decline on Friday and a very very big hit on Sunday. And today is worse.”

In the comments area here, there are some talking about changes around October 28th, for example, one said that he “lost traffic almost 90%, now my pages are not indexing with no reason. it’s been 3 days now.”

What about the tools?

RankRanger showed the most volatility on mobile out of all the tools on that date:

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Mozcast was showing pretty warm weather:

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Semrush showed a small spike on that date, note switching it to just UK results didn’t make it any more volatile:

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SERPmetrics shows a blip:

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Algoroo is calm:

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Advanced Web Rankings spiked up a bit on the 28th but not huge:

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Accuranker was calm:

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CognitiveSEO was calm on October 28th:

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SERPwoo shows more on that date:

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So did any of you see anything on October 28th? Can you share?

Forum discussion at Twitter and WebmasterWorld.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Daily Search Forum Recap: July 22, 2024

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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.


Google is testing new link citations in the AI Overviews. Google is also testing saving AI Overviews for later. Google is showing some AI-generated images in some knowledge panels. Microsoft Advertising is rolling out new brand lists in Performance Max. Bing is testing related searches at the top.


Search Engine Roundtable Stories:


  • Google Tests Link Icon Citations For AI Overviews


    Google is also testing link icons in the AI Overviews to show citations for statements generated in the AI Answer. These links, when clicked, will take you to an overlay window that shows those links in a search result format page. No, clicking the link icon will not take you directly to the source but you will see the search result snippet.


  • Google Testing Save Button For AI Overviews


    Google is testing the ability to save your AI Overviews to your Google Interests section. If you are opted-in to labs in Google, and you see AI Overviews, at the bottom of the AI Overview, you may see a new “Save” button.

  • New Microsoft Advertising Brand Lists For Performance Max Campaigns


    Microsoft Advertising is rolling out brand lists for Performance Max campaigns. “Brand lists allow greater control over brand image and ad visibility, including the brands you don’t want your ads to be associated with,” Microsoft wrote in its help documentation.

  • Google Knowledge Panels Using AI-Generated Images


    Google is showing AI-generated images in some of the knowledge panels they show in Google Search. Google is not creating these images; they come from images on third-party sites. And honestly, I kind of like it, at least in some cases.

  • Bing Tests Related Searches At Top – Below Search Bar


    Bing is testing placing the related searches at the top of the search results page, directly under the search bar. The searches are exactly what you would see in the bottom but in a different format at the top.

  • Google Wooden Hive Tree


    I don’t know what this is, but I spotted this photo at the Google office in Kirkland, Seattle. It looks like some sort of wooden art, maybe of a tree, maybe of some hive, I am not sure.

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Billions Of Google goo.gl URLs To 404 In The Future

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Google announced that it will stop serving the Google URL Shortener, so any URL that was set up to redirect using goo.gl, which Google stopped supporting adding new ones back in 2019, will also stop serving.

Starting August 23, 2024, goo.gl links will start displaying an interstitial page for a percentage of existing links to notify users that the link will no longer be supported after August 25, 2025 prior to navigating to the original target page. Then after August 25, 2025, the link will then 404 and not redirect to the right destination URL.

So any redirects you have pointing to your site using goo.gl Google’s service, will die and not be counted.

As Glenn Gabe noted on X, that means billions of URLs on the web will simply vanish and begin to 404. Glenn shared how Majestic knows of 3.6 billion goo.gl links 36 billion historical links in its database.

This is the Interstitial page shown for some goo.gl links starting on August 23, 2024:

Goog Gl Links No Longer Work

Here is the Majestic report from Glenn Gabe:

Majestic Goog Gl

Google wrote:

Over time the percentage of links that will show the interstitial page will increase until the shutdown date. This interstitial page should help you track and adjust any affected links that you will need to transition as part of this change. We will continue to display this interstitial page until the shutdown date after which all links served will return a 404 response.

Note that the interstitial page may cause disruptions in the current flow of your goo.gl links. For example, if you are using other 302 redirects, the interstitial page may prevent the redirect flow from completing correctly. If you’ve embedded social metadata in your destination page, the interstitial page will likely cause these to no longer show up where the initial link is displayed. For this reason, we advise transitioning these links as soon as possible.

Note: In the event the interstitial page is disrupting your use cases, you can suppress it by adding the query param “si=1” to existing goo.gl links.

Is this a pain for any of you? I personally won’t be asking anyone with goo.gl links to update them for me.

Forum discussion at X and WebmasterWorld.



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Google Core Update Coming, Ranking Volatility, Bye Search Notes, AI Overviews, Ads & More

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Google said that the next Google core update should be coming in the coming weeks. Google had some search ranking volatility, an unconfirmed Google update, around July 18th. Google said it will host more creator meetings. Google Search Notes is coming to an end this month. Google is testing AI Overviews for Workspace accounts and in the UK. Google barely shows Reddit and Quora in the AI Overviews anymore. Google may have an AI generated content score for sites. A public company lowered its earnings forecasts because of the Google site reputation abuse policy. Google said removing your disavow list should not make you worry. Google URL shortener links will stop serving in a year, resulting in billions of links and redirects to all 404. Google is testing AI-organized local search results pages. Google may be rolling out more 3D and AR images in Search. Google Merchant Center Next is rolling out to all merchants. Merchant Center Next now also supports supplemental feeds. Google knowledge panels are testing store rating reviews. Google Search chat feature for local businesses no longer works. Google Ads changed broad match to intent match in Japan. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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