Google’s Core Update Mid-January 2020

On January 13, Google announced that it will be releasing a core update:

Unlike core updates in the past, such as the speed update, Google did not warn webmasters, marketers, and business owners that they were going to be releasing a new update.

What’s Being Changed

This is still unknown for the most part right now, but like every core update, you should expect that your rankings may change as the algorithm populates across the various data centers.

So keep an eye on your keyword rankings and the indexing of your website.

However, here are some visual changes Google has formally announced:

How to View Core Updates

In this article by Search Engine Journal, the author provides a great analogy that Google has given regarding core updates:

“One way to think of how a core update operates is to imagine you made a list of the top 100 movies in 2015. A few years later in 2019, you refresh the list. It’s going to naturally change. Some new and wonderful movies that never existed before will now be candidates for inclusion. You might also reassess some films and realize they deserved a higher place on the list than they had before.”

Google reps go on to explain that while the list will always change that’s not to say that the “movies” that decrease in rank are “bad movies,” but just that some others are now more deserving of a higher rank.

Just like the seasons change, so do trends and important factors in SERP rankings – simply another reason to remember why it’s always important to keep your SEO up to date and in check.

What to Do If You Are Affected

Unless you are practicing various black hat SEO tactics, there isn’t much you will need to do to recover if you are hit hard from a core update. However, you can check out Google’s advice on how to make sure you aren’t affected in the future.

Stay Up to Date on Google Updates

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Sarah Blocksidge

About the Author

Sarah Blocksidge

Sarah is the Marketing Director at Sixth City Marketing and has been with the company since 2016. Her main role is to attract more B2B clients for the company. Over the years, she has been mentioned on HubSpot, Content Marketing Institute, Fast Company, Mashable, and many other notable sites.

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