SEO in 2019 has been the year which has caused a lot of grief for Professional SEOs. Just recently, the de-indexing bug put a lot of us through hell. One minute Google said it had been fixed and then next, that they were still fixing it. As an SEO, we had to go through each of the websites we managed to make sure that it didn’t happen to us. Unfortunately, it happened to one of my biggest clients. On a Saturday night! Anyway, the website was eventually re-index although it did lose some traffic, which could’ve been attributed to other things that I won’t go into now. Today, I want to discuss the algorithmic updates (so far) for 2019.
January, 2019 Algorithmic Updates
- Unconfirmed Google update, which targets new sites and blogs.
- Google did not confirm if this was a broad update or a core update.
- Some SEOs were calling this the “Newsgate Algorithm Update 2019”
- Other sites affected were sports, education, travel, government and automotive
- Google released “Ways to succeed in Google News“
February, 2019 Algorithmic Tweak
- Ranking sensors were up and down pretty much at the beginning of the month and at the end of the month but there were not major disruptions
- No significant data to suggest a big algorithm update suggests a tweak in the algorithm instead of an update
- Algorithm trackers noticed 3 spikes during the month of February
March, 2019 Algorithm Updates
- Google launches major update on March 1st
- Google Search Liaison via Twitter announced that it was a “broad core algorithm update”
- SEOs name of this algorithm update, “Florida 2“
- Google calls this update, “March 2019 Core Update“
- Advice from Google: “There was is fix for pages that rank lower and only to focus on building quality content”
…and this is just the first three months of the year. I wonder what other surprises Google has in store for us for the remainder of 2019.