December SEO Notes: What is happening in the industry
As a leading Denver SEO agency, Denver Media Group always tells clients that there is always a change happening, but some are nothing to worry about, and others are worth the notation and watching your accounts. While this year has been interesting, it has shown our experts a number of new opportunities and challenges that we have to work with!
With that being said, here’s what our Denver SEO agency experts have noticed in the industry this month and this massive update that has launched?
In the beginning of December, Google released their first Core Update in seven months! In the past years, the updates have been every couple months, but this time this one was quite the wait.
Timeline leading up to the Core Update
In February, our experts reported that volatility was higher than average, and again in March, but there was never any definite reporting or press releases stating that there was an update released. Around April, several bugs and different notions were launched and fixed, and with COVID-19 in the middle of its first spike, Internet traffic was surging.
However, in May Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, and Google’s WebMaster, John Muller, released statements that confirmed a Google Core Update had indeed started on May 5, 2020.
RankRanger called the May Core Update a “monster” of an update compared to January’s 2020 Core Update and September’s 2019 Core Update. Why is this? This is because this broad update focused both major industry updates across the board and niche industries.
SEMRush has stated that the core update in May of 2020 is, “stronger and influences more SERPs and positions.” This means that this update is affecting organic rankings and website’s positions in Google’s search engine.
A number of SEO experts have explained in the short time frame, some of their clients have lost 90 percent of their rankings but others have gained from this same update.
However, experts are saying that the December Core update is even larger than the “Monster” of the update that happened earlier this year in May.
What is the December Core update all about?
December Core update
With this in mind, Search Engine Land estimated that this core update this month was even bigger than the May update.
With most updates, there are industries who are hit harder than others, and this round in the updates, these are the hardest hit ones:
Law and Government
Jobs and Education
Pets and Animals
As a Denver SEO agency, it isn’t uncommon to see these industries hit harder than others. These industries are being hit harder than others on a number of devices, but overall, they are the hardest hit. What does it mean to be “hit harder” than others?
The industries that are hit harder are the ones that will notice a massive increase or decrease in their overall ranking from the number of backlinks to the number of keywords they have, and with this in mind, the ranking on SERP.
With such large Core updates continuously happening, what can a company do if they notice that their ranking is declining time and time again?
“Waves of updates”
It takes about two weeks, on average, to start noticing any decreases or increases based on Core Updates, but as usual, Google states that any company following their guidelines should bounce back with no need to worry. The December update has had two large waves which is unusual for most updates.
The “waves” of the update is when SEOs start to notice that there is something coming, but these “waves” don’t always result in an update as February and March proved to us this year.
These waves are the update or changes taking its course. These waves are when companies notice their ranking either go up or go down, but no matter the outcome, do not be alarmed, unless you are working with a black hat SEO agency, you will level back out.
There is very rarely a moment that a company stays down for very long! There is never a guarantee that it doesn’t or won’t happen, but doesn’t happen often.
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