Google released a broad core search algorithm on March 12
A rare Google confirmation came related to a Google search algorithm update this week. Google restated previous advice that there is no fix if your site was negatively impacted.
Google on Wednesday confirmed that it released a broad core search ranking algorithm update this week.
“Our guidance about such updates remains as we’ve covered before,” the company said.
Google Search Liaison Danny Sullivan confirmed this update started March 12.
Why it matters. Google does several core ranking updates per year and confirms very few updates throughout the year. Specific to broad core updates, Google has said numerous times that you cannot do anything specific to fix your rankings. Google’s previous advice is, “there’s no ‘fix’ for pages that may perform less well other than to remain focused on building great content. Over time, it may be that your content may rise relative to other pages.”
If your rankings did change recently, it may have been related to this broad core ranking update and not necessarily related to a technical change you made on your website.
What changed? Right now it is very early and it is hard to guess what has changed. Based on the SEO chatter around this update, prior to Google confirming the update, some are saying this was again targeting the health/medical space. But, Google has said there was no specific target at medical or health sites with that August 1st update.
It is hard to know which types of sites were impacted the most right now. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated on any insights we see related to this update.
Google’s previous advice. Google has previously shared this advice around broad core algorithm updates:
“Each day, Google usually releases one or more changes designed to improve our results. Some are focused around specific improvements. Some are broad changes. Last week, we released a broad core algorithm update. We do these routinely several times per year.
As with any update, some sites may note drops or gains. There’s nothing wrong with pages that may now perform less well. Instead, it’s that changes to our systems are benefiting pages that were previously under-rewarded.
There’s no “fix” for pages that may perform less well other than to remain focused on building great content. Over time, it may be that your content may rise relative to other pages.”
To see more advice from Google around Google updates, see this Twitter thread.
More resources on algorithm updates
- Patent suggests how CTR, time on page could be used in search rankings (if Google did that sort of thing)
- Google on the March 2019 core update: This is not the biggest update we've released
- Early data on Google March 2019 Core Update show an interesting pattern
- No more confusion: Google gives core update a name, and a structure