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Google: Passage Indexing vs Featured Snippets

So when Google announced Passage Indexing at the Search On 2020 event, there was a lot of confusion around it. We cleared the big one up, i.e. it’s ranking, not indexing. But there is another one, how is this different than featured snippets. Danny Sullivan of Google was asked about this and he said on Twitter that passage indexing is different from featured snippets. He […]

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Is There A Google Search Ranking Update Or More Indexing Issues & Fixes?

As we have been covering, the Google Search results have been pretty unstable recently. Yesterday and this morning are no different. I am getting complaints both about indexing issues and ranking changes over the past 24-hours or so and honestly, I have no idea if this is a feature or a bug or both. By feature, I mean, is this a Google ranking update, an […]

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Is It Google Search Ranking Updates Or Instability Over Bugs?

Over the past week or so, the search tracking tools have been showing a lot fluctuations, volatility and instability. We know Google has had a number of bugs that it is still actually working on resolving. All of that can cause volatility in the search results but is it just that? Here is a summary of some of the issues in the past month or […]

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Pages Dropping Out Of Google’s Index With More Google Ranking Fluctuations?

This morning I am seeing a number of complaints around pages being dropped from Google’s search index. This is coupled with a few of the automated tracking tools showing some ranking turbulence this morning in Google Search. Just to catch you up, last week we saw some signs of a Google search ranking update on the 23rd. But it turns out, it may have been […]

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Early Signs Of A Google Search Algorithm Ranking Update On September 23rd

I am seeing signs both in terms of SEO community chatter and the automated tracking tools of another Google search ranking algorithm update. Unlike the last one, where all the tools were spiking but the community chatter was at the same level of the tools, this one seems to have support of both the community and the tracking tools. The chatter at WebmasterWorld began early […]

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Google Search Ranking Volatility Continues But Is There A Google Update?

The tracking tools are still going insane, some are higher today than they were yesterday or the day before around a Google algorithm update. I am even seeing tools in the local space show bigger fluctuations now. But the chatter, again, seems mostly around the tools and not about their own rankings or client rankings going up or down. Yesterday I reported on a possible […]

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Google Local Algorithm & Ranking Weirdness Last Week

Last week, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2nd and September 3rd, the Local RankFlux tool showed significant changes to the local rankings in Google Search. But I didn’t see much chatter in the local communities. So I asked about it in the Local Search Forum. First, here is the chart from the tool showing some really big changes on September 2nd and 3rd: But again, I […]

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August 15th – Another Possible Big Google Search Algorithm & Ranking Update

Super rare that I come on, on a Saturday night, and write something here. But I turned up the computer after Shabbat ended and I see the SEO community is buzzing in a big way about some significant changes to the Google search results today. This is not as big as that bug (the indexing system failure) from last Monday but it does seem very […]

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That Massive Google Update Was Glitch & Bug – Search Results Back To Normal

Yesterday afternoon I reported on one of the biggest Google updates we have seen in a long time. It was so big and the results were so all over the place, many suspected it was a bug. And a bug it was. A Google spokesperson confirmed with me over email last night ” I confirmed with the team that this is a bug that we […]

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Big Google Search Update Rolling Out Now – August 10th

It looks like there is a big Google search ranking algorithm rolling out now, on August 10th. This is not a confirmed update by Google, at least not yet. But the chatter since 2pm ET today has been really high within the SEO community. The rank checking tools have not yet updated, but I suspect the tools will show something tomorrow. To be honest, this […]

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