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Google August 2023 Core Update Final Wave Of Volatility?

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We are expecting Google to announce that the Google August 2023 core update has been completed any minute now. But yesterday, I believe we saw another wave of volatility, maybe the final wave of fluctuations before Google calls this Google algorithm update as being done.

The issue is that the tools are not picking up on this change, so maybe it was just a traffic change from the Labor Day holiday weekend.

As a reminder, the Google August 2023 core update was announced on August 22nd, we didn’t really see much movement until August 25th. Then we saw another wave of movement around the 30th through the 1st.

Now, I am seeing a larger spike in chatter within the SEO community on September 5th, yesterday. Some suspect the volatility is related to ranking changes due to this core update, while others think it might be to layout changes in the Google search results.

To be fair, the tools seem pretty calm but the chatter did 100% spike. Was it the Labor Day rush? Maybe? I am not sure.

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SEO Chatter

The WebmasterWorld forums and the comments here have some people noticing big swings yesterday, September 5th. Here are just some of those comments:

This past holiday weekend was good traffic…today it’s dropping like a stone. USA and Canada are -50%+ at 11am, while every other country is much higher. Strange how it’s always USA and Canada that drop off a cliff. It all appears to be “direct” traffic (down 60% today), not search (up 32%). Typically that means Google Images.

Over here too. Dropping like a rock today, USA and Canada…

Yup, 10am and exactly the same results. Currently -33% over the same period yesterday. Was picking up at 9am but at 10 a complete nose dive. So I guess G hasn’t finished wrecking everything yet. Despite yesterday being the ”apparent” last day of the G update.

Though, if the update started on the 22nd of August, maybe today is the last day? I can never keep up with these updates *sigh*.

Worst drop over night ever. We are at 33% of normal level.

Google is a roulette now

Massive drop today, anyone else experiencing this?

Google Search Tracking Tools

The tools, at least on September 5th, are not showing huge volatility. Maybe they will show later, I am not sure… Either way, this gives you a quick look at the volatility they tracked over the course of this core update release.

Here are screenshots.

Semrush:

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SERPmetrics:

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Advanced Web Rankings:

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Accuranker:

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Mozcast:

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Cognitive SEO:

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Algoroo:

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RankRanger:

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SERPstat:

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Wincher:

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SERPwoo:

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Here are some recent charts from Glenn Gabe but they show it mostly before this time frame that I am talking about:

Again, I expect this update to be completed soon but did you notice any big changes yesterday or today?

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Daily Search Forum Recap: February 26, 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.


This weekend we had massive Google ranking volatility reported by the third-party tools but chatter was not that high. Google Analytics has a Polish referral spam problem. Google Ads updated is change history page for some. Google Search is testing a “most-read articles” carousel. Google reviews has this “beta questions” section, do you know what it is. Will Google make a content deal with Quora next, some signs lead to that.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:


  • Massive Volatility Reported – Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update?


    I am seeing some massive volatility being reported today after seeing a spike in chatter within the SEO community on Friday. I have not seen the third-party Google tracking tools show this much volatility in a long time. I will say, the tracking tools are way more heated than the chatter I am seeing, so something might be off here.

  • Google Analytics Referral Spam From Poland – Complaints


    There is a large thread in the Google Analytics help forum with complaints from site owners of being flooded with fake referral traffic originating from Poland. This seems to be the typical referral spam issue and it started around February 17th or so.

  • Google Ads Tests New Change History Page


    Google Ads is testing a new change history page that shows more details on the changes made to your ads and campaigns. It now documents the change overview by user and by performance as a toggle.

  • Google Most-Read Articles Search Carousel


    Google Search is testing a new carousel named “Most-read articles.” I guess Google is using click data to see which articles are being read the most. Or maybe Chrome or Google Analytics data? Maybe?

  • Google Reviews Disclaimer For Beta Questions


    Now when leaving a review on a business within the Google local and maps results, the disclaimer has a notice about “beta questions.” It reads, “For beta questions, your answers may not be displayed publicly during the experiment and may only be visible to you and/or others participating in the experiment. We may delete answers after the experiment.”

  • Google To Make A Content Deal With Quora Next?


    Last week, Google revealed it signed a deal with Reddit to access its content using an API so it can get the content faster and in a structured format. This deal costs Google $60 million annually. There is now speculation that Google might make a similar deal with Quora.

  • Concrete Steel Plant At Google


    Here is an interesting plant that is at the Google Kirkland, Seattle office. It is a concrete, steel ball with a plant embedded within it. I wonder how that works.



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Google Helpful Content System, Reddit’s Google Deal, Product Variant Schema, Google Ads, Bing Search & Search Volume Predictions

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Google spoke more about the time it takes to recover from a helpful content update and then said it is up to you to decide ice what old content is helpful or not. Google said it wants to reward the best content no matter the site size. Meanwhile, Google will now pay Reddit $60 million annually for faster access to that content – I am not kidding. Google Search now supports new product variant structured data. Google said many of those using the Indexing API wrong are spammy and low-quality sites. Google has a but with negative search operators in shopping. Google’s Shop with AI seems live. Google Ad Strength formula to weight assets quantity and variety more with AI expansions. Google Merchant Center updated how it estimates delivery times. Google Merchant Center now requires images made with AI to be labeled as such. Google is pushing Google Ads ads in Gmail. Google Ads prohibits using famous people or companies to entice people to part ways with money or information. Google Ads API version 16 is out. Google Search is testing a new search bar design. Google Search is testing having forums in the search bar filters. Google is testing fading in the search result text. Bing Search has sub and expandable sitelinks. Bing is testing a next page and refresh page button for pagination. Google local packs tests showing pricing. Gartner predicts search volume will drop 25% by 2026, and only 20% of SEOs think search volume won’t change. And if you want to help sponsor those vlogs, go to patreon.com/barryschwartz. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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Massive Volatility Reported – Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update

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I am seeing some massive volatility being reported today after seeing a spike in chatter within the SEO community on Friday. I have not seen the third-party Google tracking tools show this much volatility in a long time. I will say the tracking tools are way more heated than the chatter I am seeing, so something might be off here.

Again, I saw some initial chatter from within the SEO forums and on this site starting on Friday. I decided not to cover it on Friday because the chatter was not at the levels that would warrant me posting something. Plus, while some of the tools started to show a lift in volatility, most of the tools did not yet.

To be clear, Google has not confirmed any update is officially going on.

Well, that changed today, and the tools are all superheated today.

Google Tracking Tools:

Let’s start with what the tools are showing:

Semrush:

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SimilarWeb:

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Mozcast:

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SERPmetrics:

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Advanced Web Rankings:

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Accuranker:

Accuranker

Wincher:

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Wincher

Mangools:

Mangools

SERPstat:

Serpstat

Cognitive SEO:

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Algoroo:

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So most of these tools are incredibly heated, signaling that they are showing massive changes in the search result positions in the past couple of days.

SEO Chatter

Here is some of the chatter from various comments on this site and on WebmasterWorld since Friday:

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Speaking of, is anyone seeing some major shuffling going on in the SERPs today? It’s a Friday so of course Google is playing around again.

Something is going on.

Pages are still randomly dropping out of the index for 8-36h at a time. Extremely annoying.

Speaking of, is anyone seeing some major shuffling going on in the SERPs today? It’s a Friday so of course Google is playing around again

In SerpRobot I’m seeing a steady increase in positions in February, for UK desktop and mobile, reaching almost the ranks from the end of Sep 2023. Ahrefs shows a slight increase in overall keywords and ranks.

In the real world, nothing seems to happen.

yep, traffic has nearly come to a stop. But exactly the same situation happened to us last Friday as well.

USA traffic continues to be whacked…starting -70% today.

In my case, US traffic is almost zero (15 % from 80%) and the rest is kind of the same I guess. Traffic has dropped from 4K a day to barely scrapping 1K now. But a lot is just bots since payment-wise, the real traffic seems to be about 400-500. And … that’s how a 90% reduction looks like.

Something is happening now. Google algo is going crazy again. Is anyone else noticing?

Since every Saturday at 12 noon the Google traffic completely disappears until Sunday, everything looks normal to me.

This update looks like a weird one and no, Google has not confirmed any update is going on.

What are you all noticing?

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