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Google Updates and SERP Changes - March 2019

     
8:52 am on Mar 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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biggest hit last night into the day.
Refs from google are down by 99%.
Seeing it across several domains.
And again serps are full of shops that i would trust a penny. If it is this that google tries to compete against amazon, google is lost



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3:51 pm on Mar 14, 2019 (gmt 0)

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In the past, when I searched for some information, I would always click on a few links to websites found on the first page to get the details. My clicks would create traffic / possible revenue for those websites.

Now, up to 100% of my query is answered right on Google pages (in a form of the answer box, an embedded Youtube video, text snippets below the links, or "People also ask"). I find what I'm looking for without visiting any external websites.
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Now, up to 100% of my query is answered right on Google pages


Which is ok when the answer is correct however in my widget industry I see a lot of incorrect information especially so from G-favoured US sites.
3:59 pm on Mar 14, 2019 (gmt 0)

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But then, if nobody visits your sites because the "meat" is taken and presented right on Google, how are you going to pay for maintaining the site (not to mention making money).
5:14 pm on Mar 14, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Which is ok when the answer is correct.


No, it's not ok at all. Google is (was) supposed to be a search engine, not a stripped-down version of Wikipedia. Diversity is what keeps the web alive. The web was not intended to become a sort of USSR's Pravda providing one and only one answer to every question. No different views, no different opinions, no different sources of content; this is killing the web and a part of our freedom together with it.
5:47 pm on Mar 14, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Oh, riccarbi, I'm with you. And I'm not even thinking about seo here but about society & information in general.

Finding out by asking about the height of {insert building here} that you could measure from ground or from sea level, that it could differ based on whatever and by that learning a lot about thruthness, science and sparking new interests in physics or whatever, this was the internet once. Now it is: "building xyz is 1234 feet high" - easy (and often wrong) answers. And by that stupitiy on the rise (just look at worldwide politics these days).
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But then, if nobody visits your sites because the "meat" is taken and presented right on Google,


Heck, I have a darned sight more widget information than can be shown in their answer box. My sites are for my global widget trade, if Joe Public is happy with what's shown in the answer box without double checking it then that's up to them however as I wrote above I see a lot of errors in the answer box especially from the USA.

Trust what G shows with scepticism.
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@martin ice web - Yes that's exactly right. Google is cannibalizing its children because it needs to drive quarterly profit. We've all seen this coming for a while. The financial markets will punish Google severely it it doesn't keep delivering increasing returns. The only way to do that is to devalue organic search and shunt everyone toward paid ads as much as possible. It's a calculated move... Google knows that users have no place else to go and most probably won't know the difference or care. Google will feed us what it wants (and what it makes money on) plain and simple. It will be nearly impossible for a serious competitor to arise due to Google's size.
8:11 am on Mar 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Did anybody see any significant change in the last two/three days?
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Did anybody see any significant change in the last two/three days?


jmorgan ,Did you miss the Florida 2 Update Thread?

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3:38 pm on Mar 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Did you miss the Florida 2 Update Thread?

Yes, sorry about that.
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Google News and AMP traffic is all messed up right now.
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Really hard changes on the serps, hopefully will roll back...
my traffic in some of my sites are down around 8% since last week and other are up.
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Facing with very strange traffic patterns. Everything is just terrible since last Thursday, but when the US traffic starting to roll out - everything becomes great again. Like a holidays pattern. Guys from UK and Canada - can you help me and tell if St. Patrick’s Day is a massive holiday or not in your countries? Can it be the reason of such strange things? Or it's just my illusions and I was just hit with Florida 2? Will be very appreciate...
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