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Google Search Ranking Update Spiking June 23rd

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Google Search Ranking Update January 14th & 15th

We have been watching what I named the Google Juneteenth Search Ranking Algorithm tremors since the weekend and it is now spiking even more this morning. Seems like some sites hit by the May 2022 core update are seeing some big recoveries, many are not, and sites in general are reporting on big swings in the Google search results.

None of this has been confirmed by Google, but most of these updates are not confirmed by someone at Google – except the big pre-announced ones for the most part.

We are seeing a spike in chatter from within the SEO community starting in a bigger way in the past 24-hours and also seeing the tracking tools show much more volatility over the past 24-hours.

Tracking Tools

Today, lets start with what the tracking tools are showing – and again, it spiked this morning on many of these tool provider’s dashboards.

Semrush:

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RankRanger:

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Accuranker:

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Advanced Web Rankings:

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Mozcast:

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SERPmetrics:

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Algoroo:

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Cognitive SEO:

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SERPwoo is high:

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SERPstat:

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SEO Chatter

The chatter is pretty hefty in the ongoing WebmasterWorld and the comments section of the Juneteenth post here. Here are some quotes from both over the past 24-hours:

It’s been happening for smaller sites, but not for significant sites. Perhaps I’ve just come across it and its been going on a while.

This is not a good sign, and I’m hoping it’s just an aberration and will be keeping an eye on this.

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Tuesday’s traffic was 105% for me with a substanital increase in USA visitors however as soon as it went towards the end of my day, say 19.00 EST, it almost ground to a halt and just coming up to 11 hours this morning I am on 14% of average, yes 14.

This is utterly bizarre, I can’t call these traffic flows, they are controlled surges, on / off and completely unnatural by my historical standards.

Big drop few hours ago. Obviously there is no recovery any time soon (or ever).

I also noticed for one of my top keyword phrases which is 100% informational / non-commercial, Google showed large mobile Ad, which looked like organic listing with sitelinks. This top-ad was very large, about 40% of phone screen size. Only reasons why I could tell its not real search result was tiny black “Ad” label in corner, and, of course, the glaring irrelevance.

It was like searching “tallest buildings” and getting “PremiumXYZTapeMeasures.com” as first result with sitelinks. No, Google, I am not going to tape measure skyscrapers. Someone needs to tell Google AI that people don’t always want to buy things when they look up facts.

I don’t recall ever seeing any top ads (even regular size) for this phrase.

Extraordinary … I’ve already exceeded my weekday average with less than half my day gone. Multiple visitors looking at multiple pages from multiple global locations … How long will this last, not long I bet ?

First time, after the core update, I am gaining lots of keywords but the strange thing is, I am gaining new types of keywords that never ranked before the core update. I am still unable to gain my lost keywords.

It is early on for this June 22nd/23rd spike but I think whatever happened with the Juneteenth update is spiking in a much larger way today?

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What are you all noticing?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Google’s Interesting Finds SERP Feature Goes Missing From The Search Results

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Google's Interesting Finds SERP Feature Goes Missing From The Search Results

It seems that Google’s Interesting Finds feature has been removed from the mobile search results. I’m not sure when it was removed exactly, but the removal could have happened a while ago. I realized this while analyzing the SERPs for several clients that once had a number of listings ranking in the Interesting Finds feature. After noticing the removal of the module, it hit me that I haven’t seen Interesting Finds in some time…

To refresh your memory, Interesting Finds was a powerful mobile SERP feature that provided a three-pack of listings. You could also click to reveal up to twenty additional listings from the default Interesting Finds module. It could even sometimes rank number one in the mobile search results and could enable sites to double dip in the SERPs by yielding the same listing multiple times for a query (once in the module and once outside the module). I covered Interesting Finds heavily in my Search Engine Land post about the feature.

This is important to understand since it could be impacting traffic from Google for sites that used to rank well in Interesting Finds. Again, sites could double dip when a url ranked in the Interesting Finds module (ranking in the module and outside the module in the top 10). Just a heads-up to check your reporting for queries that yielded Interesting Finds to see the impact.

What Took Its Place?
While analyzing the SERPs for the queries that previously yielded Interesting Finds, I’m seeing several other SERP features instead. For example, Visual Stories (Web Stories), Short Videos, Google’s new grid layout (which combines linking to Google images and third-party sites), organic product listings, “Found on the web“, etc.

Here are some examples of what Interesting Finds looked like in the past and then some of the features I see now:

Before:

After Interesting Finds was removed:

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After Interesting Finds was removed:

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After Interesting Finds was removed:

I will ping Google to see if they can provide more information about why the feature isn’t showing up in the mobile SERPs anymore. I’ll update this post with any information I receive.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

This is a rare contributed article by Glenn Gabe, an SEO Consultant at G-Squared Interactive focused on major Google algorithm updates and other disturbances in the SEO force.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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