I know, Google updates every day, but I promise, I try to limit my coverage of these Google search ranking updates to those that drive a lot of chatter within the community and show additional signs of evidence around a ranking update. And today I am seeing signs again of a Google update, which makes the past several weeks jammed pack with algorithm tweaks and updates.
As you know, I just reported one on October 4th then one on September 27th, the 19th, 11th, 6th, and then on August 22nd. It has been a rocky several weeks and we are seeing more fluctuations as of yesterday and today – October 8th and October 9th.
We have chatter both in WebmasterWorld and Black Hat World. Here are some of that chatter:
Slight upswing today – anybody seeing something similar?
I had very strong traffic this morning. Something atypical for a Monday.
Something seems to be rolling out this morning, some kind of testing. I’ve been hit pretty hard by the Sept 27th update, it erased my gains over the month of September and then some. But last hour I saw a massive spike in traffic 10x, but it was short lived, it lasted about 10 or 15 minutes and then fizzled. Traffic was coming from Google to wide array of landing pages, as is normal for my site. Bounce rate, time on page and Adsense CTR were all normal. So it appeared to be legitimate traffic. Now my traffic has resettled to where it was before the peak.
Yes, on my highest volume keywords I’m seeing my pages appear and disappear from the search seemingly at random every time I check. Traffic is quite inconsistent and Adsense keeps having a fit and showing bad ads in response to the traffic surges. I assume it can’t tell the difference between genuine traffic and clickbombing.
I said that my site benefited yesterday. I had a peak traffic on Monday morning. Something very unusual.
Semrush, Organic Research in UK, I had an immense improvement in my position. Something around 1500%
Here are some of the automated tracking tools, not all are showing signs yet of an update, but some are:
Advanced Web Rankings:
Are you noticing fluctuations? It can be those ongoing tweaks that we’ve seen since the Medic Update? Should I run another poll asking if those impacted by the Medic Update saw reversals or changes?
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and Black Hat World.