We mentioned the new Vicinity update Google has going on. It was an algorithm update no one was prepared for and caused quite a commotion in the community. To avoid history from repeating itself, we must learn from our mistakes – and what better way than going through all of the things that have already happened? It could benefit you if you go through all the major updates Google had in store in the past year and come up with a strategy for the year ahead.
Google Search Biggest Updates in 2021:
For us to have the most relevant and reliable results, Google Search Algorithms are updated thousands of times throughout the year. Of course, most of them go unnoticed, but every now and then one comes along *cough cough* Vicinity *cough cough* and makes a mess. That’s why it’s better to keep track of each change, make sure to understand what is happening and learn how to use them so it can benefit you.
The Page Experience Update
This update was designed to improve the website experience searchers have. Mobile usability, security issues, HTTPS usage, Web Vitals and Ad Experience are all taken into account. The main goal is safer browsing for users and resurfacing flags in the Page Experience Report.
What To Do?
- Work on your loading speed
- Make sure your page has a mobile-friendly version, with no usability errors
- Make sure your page is secure and use HTTPS
- Don’t use interruptive, distracting or unfavourable advertising techniques
Here’s a helpful resource for optimizing your page for this update.
Link Spam Update
This was when Google reminded us about the importance of good content and quality links. The update was and still is effective at identifying and nullifying link spam across multiple languages.
What To Do?
- You need high-quality link building
- Create high-quality content
- Focus and improve the user experience
- Avoid useless linking!
Broad Core Updates
It took longer than expected, but it is done. As usual, Google didn’t offer a lot of advice on how to deal with a core update except to try hard all the time. This update had also caused big commotion since we saw some pretty weird pages ranking high. The conclusion was, again, to use quality backlinks.
ProTip! – Improving content and backlinks might help you to recover more than fixing the technical aspect!
Product Reviews Update
This update was designed to reward in-depth product reviews and “punish” irrelevant, summary-of-a-product type of content. Instead, a review should be relevant and detailed. We have also learned that Google and potential customers like seeing realistic reviews, even if that means seeing a few bad ones as well.
What to do?
- Write longer, knowledgeable reviews
- Add your own content, not just the manufacturer description
- Describe how a product has evolved from previous models
- Include the Pros and Cons
Here’s more advice on what you should know about the product reviews update and how to handle it.
Google also introduced us to the Multitask Unified Model which uses AI to help searchers. It “speaks” 75 different languages and understands both image and the written word. However, it might understand much more in the future, since Google keeps saying they’re working on expanding this capability to video and audio.
One of the first things MUM learned to do is to keep track of vaccine queries and it will continue bringing more understanding to Google’s algorithms.
This is a fresh one and we’re still trying to figure out what exactly happened so that keywords aren’t as important anymore. Maybe the lesson with this update is not to violate Google’s guidelines and add keywords for the sake of it. It seems like new businesses are winning with this one.