Time again for a core update on Google. When the June 2021 Core Algorithm Update was announced around a month ago, the search engine company announced that it would be following with another update in July 2021. This should make outstanding adjustments to the algorithm at Google – which could lead to further significant fluctuations in ranking. The roll-out has now officially started.
The big spam update for search is now completely rolled out at Google. These are the types of spam you should avoid at all costs.
When Google announced the big Search Spam Update in June, it joined an eventful summer at the search engine. On the one hand, the roll-out for the ranking signals of the Page Experience Update began in June. On the other hand, Google launched a Core Algorithm Update in the same month – which will even advance to a double pack through the July Core Update 2021. Now the search engine company announced on Twitter that the second part of the Spam Update has been rolled out and completed. Webmasters should refrain from certain content – even independently of this update.
Google is continuing the fight against spam as AI delivers more and more potential with Google’s blog post addressing the search engine’s fight against spam, which states:
‘’We’ve been fighting spam since Google Search has been around, but recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) offer unprecedented potential to completely transform our approach.’’
For example, Google’s own AI effectively detects spam and new corresponding trends. The company has been able to reduce “the number of websites with automatically generated and copied content by over 80 percent compared to a few years ago.” Every day, the search engine identifies and removes around 40 billion spam pages – so they don’t reach users in the first place. In order for webmasters to know exactly which content Google clearly recognizes as spam, the company provides an overview on the Google Search Central website. There, Google lists the methods to be avoided:
- Automatically generated content
- Participation in link exchange programs
- Creation of pages with no or only little unique content
- Misleading redirects
- Hidden text/hidden links
- Bridge pages
- Copied content
- Participation in affiliate programs without sufficient added value
- Loading pages with irrelevant keywords
- Creating pages with malicious features that, for example, attempt phishing or install viruses, Trojans, or other badware
- Abusing markup for structured data
- Sending automated queries to Google
In addition, website owners should pay attention to the best practices of identifying and removing hacked content on the site, as well as avoiding and quickly removing user-generated spam. After all, Google’s big update is likely to detect even more spam in the future. And if it is related to your website, it will have a negative impact on your ranking.
If you are facing changes with your website and do not know what is wrong or how to go about them, consider contacting Impact Digital Marketing, the trusted search engine optimization company in Michigan. As one of the leading webmasters specializing in SEO services and web creation, we can help resolve all Google update problems your website might be facing, as well as help you prevent such problems in the future.