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Google Updates and SERP Changes - June 2019

     
4:35 pm on Jun 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Also, with the ad model a majority of people know that you are trying to get something out of them - a purchase, a signup etc - so there is a lesser level of trust there but if they find you through organic whilst they are in the research stage and you provide good info and value, then there is trust built and you get more sales.

On the other hand, people who are actively shopping for a product or service may regard ads as useful information. That was the concept behind Yellow Pages directories and magazines like Computer Shopper.



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11:40 am on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@BushyTop , I am located in India , Entertainment Niche and Yes, we were affected by the june core update , not to death but a noticeable one.

I am pretty sure something has touched down the SERPs today or perhaps since yesterday which is quite evident on SEMRUSH Sensors for non US regions specifically Spain etc. I believe whatever this is will touch other regions too . For me until now this looks good although i won't count on this to stick considering the new trends of weekly Google updates and tweaks :)
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In Spain started yesterday afternoon, is spreading, tomorrow we will have more affected countries.
Touch wood
12:23 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@Danik , your observation is correct. I am not seeing much chatter about it though . Touch wood!
12:34 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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[imgur.com...]

Something brewing up in Spain for sure. 8.3 on Semrush for today and it looks like it started yesterday. And UK is also 7.1

New update has probably started rolling out :)
12:38 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Something's definitely going on right now. One of my money sites is getting the normal amount of converting traffic + a huge influx of sub 10 second visits and this site has never had zombies.
2:25 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Google Analytics real time working ok now?
2:54 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, Analytics is doing fine.
4:00 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I've now regained over 100 top three ranking terms and yet my traffic is still lower than last week and the week before. Where CTR was 1.4% before, now it's .9% on average. Impressions going higher and higher, but nobody is clicking because the page is stuffed with so many ads and other options. Im wondering if they are testing this "page stuffing" for now and might revert it somewhat if user metrics are adversely affected. My gut tells me that this much lower traffic is just the new normal now as it's been going on since March.
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Google Analytics is OK
4:57 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Still seeing some significant changes. The weekend is the key period really where there has been some significant change.
5:47 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Not seeing any improvements yet :(
5:59 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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No improvements here either. Google News / Top Stories still screwed.
6:59 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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interesting is that bing working similar like google
Example for one website
Appeared in Search 30% grow ... clicks from search less -10 %
"Replica..- sometimes better of original"

They have some "deal"
8:51 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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All my domains have had big ranking increases today. (Europe, 9 different countries)
All branded cctld's.
9:04 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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casperb ...ranking increased..and traffic too?
10:13 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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No obvious changes for our information site. I wouldn't have known there was a June "core algorithm update" if Google hadn't announced it.

Traffic has been up modestly for the past few weeks, but that isn't unusual for this time of year, and our top landing pages are pretty much the same as always.

As I've often said, it would be interesting to know more about the sites that took a hit. What are the commonalities? (And no, don't tell me that it has something to do with Google not liking MAGA hats.)
10:29 pm on June 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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As with EditorialGuy you couldn't tell there was an update going by my sites. Google search referred traffic steady or up slightly, conversion percentage steady, business as usual.
6:06 am on June 20, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Because I'm a little drunk, I thought I'd post a little something as an analogy for some of my competitors who (IMO) are unfairly getting ranked a little too highly on Google.

Do you play Call of Duty (COD) and the other team win when they have a couple (or a few players) who just sit on their ass camping in one position waiting for another player to run past? That's how I feel about one or two of my competitors who really don't do anything but scrape content and claim it as their own but somehow end up ranking highly for them.
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A small but noticeable change, but nothing that I'm gonna get too excited over. I checked my Amazon earnings for the last 7 days... $10.. eek! :/

Traffic increase: [imgur.com...]
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Yesterday, Something brewing up in Europe. SEMRush sensor was high in UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, etc.
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Seen nothing... sensors looked to have calmed down. Whatever was passing, missed us :(
9:03 am on June 20, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@universenet, definitely see a nice traffic boost across all the 9 domains. Normally around 140-150 active users around this time of day, now that's 210-220.
This week was a good week :D
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Maybe a small update for local results in Europe and that trigged Semrush/Moz sensors.
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Semrush updated and all regions are stable. Apparently, no new updates are out.
10:50 am on June 20, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Didn't see any changes or improvement here too - tech/info site.
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Are the members on here that havent seen improvement based in the UK?
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There was definitely some movement yesterday and fluctuations. In fact, I had a couple of conversions from Pinterest and Web 2.0 urls yesterday "go figure". Anytime they make changes it muddles things up. Even the last major update was hardly visible with any of the sensors. I think they are getting good at the old whip off the tablecloth trick. [quicklol.com...]
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BushyTop - Are the members on here that havent seen improvement based in the UK?

Monday was a good day but after that has been pretty weak.
12:14 pm on June 20, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@mark_A so you're still seeing massive fluctuations that resemble an update in process?
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I have a little theory (or speculation) about why some sites might get penalized by google's algorithm. To try to illustrate it, consider a hypothetical example of a site about dog breeds.

There are hundreds of dog breeds. But most people only know about a few dozen popular breeds. Google has a lot of data about which breeds people mainly search for information about.

Now someone creates a site about dog breeds, with a separate page for each breed. But this person mostly only creates pages about popular breeds that people search for, because these will potentially attract the most traffic from organic searches. This person doesn't spend time doing the work to create pages about other little-known breeds because those pages wouldn't attract much traffic.

From the choices of which breeds to write about, google's algorithm determines that the main purpose of the site is to attract traffic, and that it isn't intended to be a basic reference on dog breeds. Hence the penalty.

So that's my theory in a nutshell.
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