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Google Search Ranking Update On January 19th & 20th



Google Algorithm Update

Google has been busy over the last couple of weeks after being taking a bit of a break with the new years. It seems we are seeing again signs of another Google search ranking algorithm update occurring yesterday and today, January 19th and 20th. And no, these updates are unrelated to crawl spike activity.

There is both SEO industry chatter and data from the tracking tools that support this but yes, we do not have a Google confirmation about an update.

Most recently we had unconfirmed Google search updates on January 14th, 15th and 17th, then before that on January 11th and then it was quiet until some tremors in late December.

SEO Industry Chatter

The chatter is just starting to kick up with renewed discussion at WebmasterWorld starting on January 18th, here are some of the early snippets from that thread related to the recent Google volatility:

One of my sites is about a sport called cricket and today lots of terms popped out of nowhere ranking. Guess which country? Moldova – which has no idea it’s even a sport, most would know it as an animal.

I wonder how long this will last? Good traffic again Tuesday at 131.3% and so far today 87.0%

The sources, queries and paths are all normal but, as yet, not driving many new enquiries however this is not unusual.

All my SERPs look normal.

Massive fluctuations again this morning. In our affiliate niche we have a lot of high DA newspaper and blog sites with ‘Top 10 listings’ outranking dedicated affiliate sites. The Herald, The Scotsman, The Denver Post, The Mercury News all appear. A few previously top 10 sites just been kicked into the long grass – pages 4 and 5. It’s happened before and reverted pretty quickly. But there is no let up in the volatility which has been on going for weeks – since start of December.

Very large increases in traffic across the board for the last two days…yesterday was up 30% and that included USA traffic. My ranking has barely budged though…gained back 4 top3 terms, lost them all the next day. My top3/10 ranking remains at less that half of one year ago. So if rank is not improving, then where is all the traffic suddenly coming from?

Also…a popular arts magazine just published an in depth article about me and it has yet to be indexed 5 days later…nothing. The on-page tags are correct, and the site publishes a lot of very high quality editorial using freelance writers, but it does not get indexed or rank well when it does. It’s mystifying to me…


On my side, I see drops in the last two days and today the drop is getting even bigger.

I expect to see more chatter from the SEO space as the day goes on…

Google Tracking Tools

Here is what the tracking tools are showing right now:


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Cognitive SEO:

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Are you folks noticing any big changes for the sites you manage?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Daily Search Forum Recap: September 29, 2022



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 had their Search On event yesterday and it was a lot of small announcements that can help searchers in a big way. Google Ads continues to have latency issues. Google said you should really avoid changing URLs. Google Posts may have an issue with submissions. Microsoft Bing is testing traffic analysis in the search results.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • All The Google Announcements From Search On 2022

    We had another Google Search On event yesterday and in case you missed it or you simply do not want to read through a lot of fluff, here is the short version. Note, I am pretty sure we covered tests of all of these announcements in the past at this site, so everything should look familiar.
  • Google Ads Continues To Suffer From Latency Issues

    Google Ads continues to suffer from ongoing latency issues – mostly from the Google Ads console. This is the place advertisers go in and manage their ads. It has become a joke about how the console can slow down and become almost unusable.

  • Google Really Wants You To Avoid Changing URLs Just For SEO Reasons

    Google’s John Mueller has put down some strong language against changing your URLs for SEO reasons alone. He basically said in most cases, changing URLs will have a negative impact on SEO and that you probably should not change URLs just for SEO reasons.

  • Bing Tests Traffic Analysis In Search Results Snippets

    Microsoft Bing is testing displaying more details in the page insights overlay feature in search. Now Bing is showing traffic analysis, like monthly visitors, the geo-location of those visitors, how they found your site and more.
  • Google Posts Submit Button Not Working For Some

    Over the past 24 hours or so, there has been a ton of complaints that the Google Posts submit button is not working. I personally tested it and it seems to work for me, but a Google My Business help thread has tons of complaints about the Google Posts not submitting.

  • Google Ballroom Dancing

    Okay, this might not be ballroom dancing, I know very little about dancing, but you can see a video below of these Googlers dancing. The post on Instagram says it is during a lunch break.

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