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Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On January 11, 2022 (Unconfirmed)

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There may have been a Google search ranking algorithm update on January 11, 2022. This would be the first real unconfirmed update for the 2022 year. I am seeing both chatter spike up starting on January 10th and continue through today. Plus, many of the tracking tools are showing big movements in the Google search results.

SEO Chatter

The ongoing WebmasterWorld has many folks saying big changes in their rankings over the past couple of days. Here is what some of the SEOs said:

I think Google released an update yesterday, even if no sensor has signaled it. Every competitor’s keywords position has suddenly changed and my own as well. Curious that everything is so quiet.

I think you might be right. It’s been eerily quiet(er). That would make sense.

My USA traffic dropped considerably again yesterday, but International remained very strong. Today USA is also down, while international traffic is very strong. Sunday just looks like a reversion back to the previous throttling of USA traffic.

Heavy bot traffic this morning, Google crawling and few real humans in-between. Constant shuffling in the SERPS, but Amazon crowded listings remain a permanent fixture at the top which is a huge help to our Chinese competitors I’m sure.

For me Europe woke up from its Xmas / New Year yesterday along with a torrent of USA single page visitors. The single page visitors all went to individual widget pages which, for me, is most un-botlike.

Traffic was at 308.3%.

My traffic was also up yesterday and looks quite perky today too, so far. Mine much more in line with what I would expect this time of year.

Huge drop today. Semrush again on fire now… Another coincidence? 🙂

Something was definitely rolled out. All competitors in my niche are up (semrush). Some +10, +5. +3, +7 etc. Me? +0.05.

Clobbered again, zero-day.

Tracking Tools

Like I said, the tracking tools are showing big movements as well. Here are some of those tools showing a Google update.

Mozcast:

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Semrush:

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RankRanger:

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Accuranker:

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Advanced Web Rankings:

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Cognitive SEO:

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SERPMetrics:

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Algoroo:

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What are you seeing?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.


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Programming Note: Offline For Shavuot 5784

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This is a programming note that I will be completely offline for the holiday of Shavout/Shavous, from Tuesday night, June 11th, through late Thursday night, June 13th – I return Friday, June 14th. Any stories published here will be scheduled, written beforehand, and not written during the holiday hours.

I will be completely offline, so any social media posts, tweets, or anything coming from this site, or my social channels are all scheduled beforehand.

I won’t be able to reply to comments, remove spam or break any stories on those days. I will catch up when I get back online. If a core update happens, I will also catch up on that when I get back. There also won’t be the It’s New daily podcast on those days.

Feel free to check out the archives or catch up with the weekly videos or just browse the search pics. Oh, and if you have nothing to do, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

For more on this holiday, check out Wikipedia.

For all those celebrating the holiday – have a good one and I’ll be back late Thursday night.

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Daily Search Forum Recap: June 10, 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’s Search Liaison commented on the Google search leaks, navboost, clicks, user interactions and the helpful content update. There as another unconfirmed Google ranking update this weekend. Google said you cannot completely disregard your desktop site for SEO. Google spoke about fixing a few pages out of many pages to recover from the helpful content update. Google Business Profiles is working through the locksmith reinstatement. Google needs to fix an issue with product variant structured data. Google is testing a local five pack again.


Search Engine Roundtable Stories:


  • Google Responds To Specific Search Leak, Navboost, Clicks & User Interactions


    The Google Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, gave a more specific comment to specific signals and elements mentioned in the search leak, well above and beyond what is mentioned in the original and very vague comment gave us a couple days after the search leak. Sullivan responded to questions on Navboost, clicks and user interactions as it related to the Helpful content update.

  • June 8th Weekend Google Search Ranking Algorithm Volatility


    Hope you are all having a nice relaxing weekend because it seems like the Google Search rankings were super volatile again this past Saturday. I am seeing a spike in SEO chatter and the third-party Google tracking ranking tools are showing significant ranking fluctuations on June 8th.

  • Google: You Can’t Completely Disregard What’s Served On Desktop For SEO


    Last week we reported that Googlebot will pretty much halt crawling and indexing websites using its desktop crawler and just crawl using its smartphone crawler (which caused a lot of confusion). But John Mueller of Google said on Reddit that he doesn’t think it means you can “completely disregard what’s served on desktop in terms of SEO.”


  • Google On Fixing A Few Pages To Recover From Helpful Content Update


    John Mueller from Google responded to a question on Reddit about the likelihood of fixing just 10 pages out of 20,000 pages on a site, how that might help that site recover from the Helpful content update. The site owner said only 10 pages were hit by that September helpful content update, and asked if the 10 pages can hurt the other 20,000 pages on the site.


  • Google Fixing Product Variant Structured Data Star Rating Bug


    Google is currently working on fixing a bug that prevents the product variant structured data from showing rating stars in the search. This bug was spotted by Jarno van Driel and Ryan Levering from Google confirmed it and said they will work on a fix soon.

  • Google Business Profiles Locksmiths Reinstatements Now Being Processed


    Google paused Google Business Profiles restatements for the locksmith industry but has now resumed those requests and is working through the backlog now. Google paused them early last week and began processing them once again on Friday afternoon, June 7th.


  • Google Tests Local Five Pack (Up From 3 Pack)


    Google is once again testing showing five local results, a five-pack, instead of the typical 3 local results, a three-pack, in the search results local results section. Google tested this in 2021 and also had this for the SGE labs results and now it is being tested again.



  • Google Elevator – going down…


    Here is a photo from the Google office in Washington, D.C. of a Google super G logo on the elevator door. Guess which way it is going?

Other Great Search Threads:

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Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice

SEO

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Search Features

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Google Search Ranking Algorithm Volatility On June 8th

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Hope you are all having a nice relaxing weekend because it seems like the Google Search rankings were super volatile again this past Saturday. I am seeing a spike in SEO chatter and the third-party Google tracking ranking tools are showing significant ranking fluctuations on June 8th.

I really do try not to post stories on the weekend, but I am seeing a possible Google Search ranking update again this weekend. And yes, it has been a super volatile time in the Google Search results for the past several weeks now.

Again, it was super heated yesterday, Saturday, June 8th.

Previous Recent Google Volatility

Here is the recent Google Search ranking volatility we reported on. The most recent was on June 5th and then on the weekend, June 1st. That was followed by the Memorial Day weekend, then we had around May 22nd, May 16th, May 9th, May 3rd and April 25th. Before that the March 2024 core update started on March 5th and ended on April 19th, 45 days later.

Google Tracking Tools

Just look at how heated these tools were yesterday, most of the tools have data for today already, so look at the previous day on these charts:

Semrush:

Semrush

SimilarWeb:

Similarweb

Advanced Web Rankings:

Advancedwebranking

Mozcast:

Mozcast

SERPmetrics:

Serpmetrics

Accuranker:

Accuranker

Mangools:

Mangools

Wincher:

Wincher

SERPstat:

Serpstat

Cognitive SEO:

Cognitiveseo

Algoroo:

Algoroo

SEO Chatter

Here is some of the early chatter at WebmasterWorld and comments here:

Worst traffic I have seen in a while. Both for my HCU boosted and HCU demoted sites.

Yes, there is quite a drop not only because of the algorithms, but also because of the launch of the Gemini app in my case. We’ve pretty much got everything against us.

So for keywords where I answer queries I’ve lost positions, while I’ve gained where my site has nothing to do with the query. Years and years of hard work by Google’s engineers to get sites that responded perfectly to queries and then became like the worst search engines completely messed up.

They are onto something, dropping since a few days!

Traffic today is so bad it is laughable. Before you say it is a Saturday, we have had Saturdays before. We have Saturdays from previous years to compare to this exact week.

For the first time, I was surprised to see this low traffic. Now, the traffic has gone so low that it was beyond my expectations. I was disheartened, and that’s why I had even shared about it the day before yesterday. Traffic today is so bad it is laughable—it goes the same for me.

Weekends are definitely the worst days of the week now.

For 10 years they were the most busiest and profitable days of the week for us, not anymore.

For us, they weren’t. We had about 5 or 10% drops on the weekends because our site only covers a couple of news items instead of 10 or 20 on weekdays. However, now it is sometimes 40/50% down on the weekends in our niche.

This is no longer funny!! This happens on a Saturday, when most SEOs and webmaster should enjoy some sparetime. Google has become unpredictable with its damn AI-driven (?) algo, which must have developed its own dynamics.

Massive fluctuations has happened in the past 24 hours. Lost a load of rankings. Again, my competitors are nowhere to be found now.

Check the SERPs and, well, no surprise… More spam.

What are you all seeing over the weekend?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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