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4:35 pm on Jun 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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The following message was cut out of thread at: https://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4944194.htm [webmasterworld.com] by robert_charlton - 11:00 am on Jun 1, 2019 - (PDT -8)


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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1:47 am on June 4, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@Cralamarre
Danny Sullivan from Google did say that this update is not big and nothing special.


Yeah, agreed on that. That very well may be the case

@lostshootingstar
this update started rolling out late last week. I saw significantly more fluctuation since Friday and over the weekend than I did today. In fact I've seen almost nothing today and I am always rocked by even small updates that most people barely notice.


Couldn't agree more on that as well. I was just thinking the same thing – parts of the update began being tested and/or partially rolled out early-mid all through the weekend. Where there's smoke, there's fire. I too notice certain volatility within our KWs (which are for various niches) and usually, it's entailed by chatter here. So far, it appears that we have been on an uptick beginning mid last week (fingers crossed).
1:53 am on June 4, 2019 (gmt 0)

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So far it looks like a "core" design change for both the mobile and desktop, with excessive screen space for results other than organic. Expect huge decrease in traffic, even when your ranks remain steady in the coming days and months.
2:03 am on June 4, 2019 (gmt 0)

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So far it looks like a "core" design change for both the mobile and desktop,


specifics?
3:07 am on June 4, 2019 (gmt 0)

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70% boost in desktop organic traffic but mobile still the same as it was before the update began.

If your traffic only comes from mobile you might not see any positive or negative changes because it seems like the update started with desktop serps. When the update gets to mobile serps you might start seeing positive, negative or no changes at all.

I might be wrong but it seems like the update hasn't gotten to mobile serps yet.
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I cannot understand Google's love for big sites that provide "answers" on all topics by "contributors." They are infested with promotional articles and paid link schemes. It's easy to check by going to fiverr or similar marketplaces and paste the names; "contributors" working for such sites advertise their SEO / backlink services there. In the past, such promotional "posts" have been ignored, now they are favorites just because the host site has a strong brand. Spammers who abused DMOZ this way moved to such sites and continue to thrive.
3:39 am on June 4, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Nope. Nothing on my end.
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Definitely continuing to see “Panda-like” shuffling in the SERPs. Something's happening all throughout the day today. @Halaspike I'm seeing swings both in mobile and desktop. One moment I check a certain set of KWs, I get one SERPs, check again in a few minutes or hours, totally different, and it's been like that all day long. So far it looks good for us, but we shall see.
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I retract part of my statement earlier about a -30-50% drop. It seems I have an issue with Cloudfare on my site which is impacting my data on Google Analytics, or maybe GA is just playing up as it went down earlier.

Will update once resolved to see I was in-fact impacted.
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30% traffic drop, some keywords have slipped to the second page from first, second or third position.

I don't know how I can make those pages even better. It has positive comments from readers.

What's funny is that the top 3 sites are now big publications like The Verge but their article doesn't help with the query. This is another update that favours big sites.
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After a couple of months of good growth, it seems i have taken a pounding over the past 24 hours. UK, Automotive
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Just the usual shaving expect 10%-30% less visitors. Spam, scrape, aggregate content sites, sites that haven't updated since 2012, sites that use "keywords" meta tag, sites that spam the meta description and articles with same keywords 57 times will get a boost. That's what i'm seeing.


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I'm still seeing no change. Maybe Google just decided my site (and my competitors) was fine as it was.
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Please, wipe the drool from your chins and stop believing anything Google says. This 'update' won't save anyone. It will only help Google make more &*#@in' $$$$$$$$$$$$. Smh.
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I still observe the 25% traffic increase I mentioned yesterday.
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I can't see any significant changes as yet, but the update may take several days to completely roll out.
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I still observe the 25% traffic increase I mentioned yesterday.


25% is massive. Congratulations.
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@samwest, very true. With every quality update googles income becomes higher. google does not have any interest in showing quality sites in serps,
And in latrst time it is annoying to serach with google ( bing too ) while scrolling through endless useless google properties and ads. On desktop it is worse but on mobile it is hell.

But back to this update. I would wait until the update rolled out fully befor pushing the panic button but it is allways a good idea to have a cold beer aside.
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I'm in the UK and not seen any major issues (yet) but still too early?

The only thing I've seen is a 1.4% ranking drop across all our keywords.

Finance industry here.
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25% is massive. Congratulations.

If it lasts. I've read so many roller coaster stories, that I am not celebrating :) I take what comes, but I keep in mind it might be temporary somehow. As long as, on a long term, my traffic remains rather constant , I am fine.
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Hard to say which way it's going right now but for a few of my keywords, big brands are dominating even with articles that are not relevant to the keyword phrase. With previous updates, it was easier to tell which direction I was headed, but not so obvious now. Maybe there is just not enough time gone by yet.
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Hard to say which way it's going right now but for a few of my keywords, big brands are dominating even with articles that are not relevant to the keyword phrase. With previous updates, it was easier to tell which direction I was headed, but not so obvious now. Maybe there is just not enough change yet.


Yes, exactly same results! Big brands dominating for keywords that are not even relevant to their article. I also got outranked by articles with broken English.
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The thing is "often" small sites are getting their information from bigger sites and rehashing them.
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When their revenue is down we always get a lot of junk traffic on our ads or maybe is just coincidence but still to whom are the buyers sold to? I want to bid on them too.
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I don't see any significant change in traffic from my end but I am still monitoring my top KW and traffic.

Let's see.
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I noticed an increase in traffic almost instantly after the update, which continued until around 8am BST, but back down since then. Hoping the early increases will return and it's just a case of Google rolling it out across all data centers...
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@samsseo same here. I got a 70% increase in organic traffic instantly, checked Google analytics and realized the 70% boost was all coming from only desktop. Now it's back down to zero over here at the exact same time the update started yesterday.

@samsseo please check your Google analytics to see what type of device was giving you that much traffic, mine was coming from only desktop.

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Yesterday traffic seemed pretty much the sa recently for me and today cant see a change yet but I am noticing changes in the serps. I have dropped down a few keywords and jumper up with the ones I have checked. I have seen though some terrible results appearing in keyword serps I check with one site even containing Lorum Ipsum text on half the page coming 3rd in the result lower than me but still above some far better sites.
Not jumping to conclusions yet though as things will likely be moving around for a few days still
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I'm seeing a lot of movement now. For lots of keywords, one minute I'm on page 1, then page 3, and back again.

I'm even more nervous this time because I'm also out of work as of yesterday. Nice timing Google! lol
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Initial trends are in for us : we are -10% down and will probably slide that way with every push of this update to their various DCs . I do not expect anything positive throughout the week either coz the initial trend mostly says where your site is heading for the final settlement .
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@Halaspike >90% of our traffic is desktop, which has remained the same since the update. May be due to timezones so will need to look into whether particular countries are performing better/worse
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