POV

Google Announces Core Algorithm Update

Background

Google confirmed the long awaited update to their core search ranking algorithm on March 5. As a result, the appearance and ranking of some, but not all, websites in search results will be impacted. Google has said that the change comes from a desire to improve search results and is a routine algorithm update. The search giant has also shared that there is nothing wrong with pages that may see performance drops, and that there is “no fix” for these pages to regain their rankings other than to focus on “building great content.”

What We Know

Core Algorithm updates are general maintenance to improve functionality, unlike specific updates that are designed to solve a specific issue. Google does not usually publish updates to their core algorithm because these updates typically happen daily. So, why is this update different? With these updates, we know that Google is focused on delivering the best and most relevant answers to a searcher’s query. It’s important to note that there are no issues with sites negatively impacted by this update. Google states that there are no “fixes” that will help a site regain rankings from this update and that they are solely focused on content instead of quality.

Resolution POV

Brands need to understand the difference between algorithm updates. Some updates focus on low or poor quality website pages, while other updates focus on delivering the best answers in search results. Therefore, Resolution’s focus is to guide and recommend that brands pay attention to site content, understand quick answers, and take note of universal results. These areas on Google’s search engine results pages (SERP) are all populated by a website’s well-optimized and curated site content to reach the right audience.

Summary

Google is constantly updating their content requirements and algorithm to provide the most relevant search results for every searcher’s query. They aim to ensure that they have the highest quality content to deliver.  If your SEO strategy is designed around the end user experience vs. “hacking” the algorithm, these updates will almost always work in your favor. The SERPs have a lot of real estate that are populated with content directly from websites with well-optimized and curated content, which requires brands to prioritize Content Optimization and Content Orchestration in their search engine optimization strategy. With detailed measurement and reporting, an SEO team can proactively optimize content to fit within Google’s requirements and prepare for major algorithmic updates as they are released.