joined:Sept 22, 2017
For what it's worth, my site has endured a DEVASTATING loss in search traffic over the past two weeks. A few things seem to be at play:
-- As I wrote in an earlier thread, there have been some issues with Google News indexing across many sites within our sector. This has definitely hurt us, although I'm counting blessings, because we're still seeing a good portion of our content indexed.
One of our competitors -- a very well-known site -- hasn't had a News article indexed in ten days.
-- The real "damage" seems to be coming from Top Stories.
*Google seems to be showing fewer top stories in general, at least for topics in our sector. It used to be a given that a search for any major news figure would yield a Top Story carousel. Not anymore.
*Google doesn't seem to be including us in as many top stories.
We're credible, on HTTPS, AMP-compliant and generally original with content, and we used to appear in the carousel even for super-competitive terms (think "Hillary Clinton" or "The Rock"). Now, we're not even making the carousel for news that we break.
The thing is, I can't determine what algorithm Google is using to decide which sites qualify. I've seen plenty of local news outlets (low traffic) get in Top Stories, as well as sites that literally just copy-and-paste press releases (scraped, unoriginal content).
--- Mod's note. The above report has its own dedicated thread, and related discussion about recent news serps are best discussed there... Recent Google News Indexing Issues https://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4869538.htm
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:03 pm (utc) on Oct 17, 2017]