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Google’s May 2020 Core Update Announcement
On the quiet morning of May 4th, Google announced their latest core update via twitter.
Have your SEO ranking positions taken a hit since Google’s announcement?
What’s Been Happening to Websites Since the Latest Update?
Madness, to say the least. Just take a look at these massive reactions from users on Twitter as well as SEO news blogs:
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- SEO consultant Kes Phelps at Seen Digital
- Lifestyle blogger Eby Bekee
- Digital Marketing blogger Folajomi Ballo at HugeStepUp
Google’s May 2020 core update came as a surprise to many, especially for those still adjusting to the core update from January 2020.
In addition, the corona pandemic and “iso” situation over the past few months has already demonstrated the fates of long-standing brick-and-mortar businesses, which have had to lay off employees (or worse, shut down completely) worldwide.
It’s completely understandable that everyone is worried.
How will the May 2020 core update affect online businesses and websites on a global scale?
To see the latest reactions & responses from users around the world on how the latest Google core update has impacted their websites, click here to read Barry Shwartz‘s article, “Sites Impacted By The Google May 2020 Core Update In A Big Way” published on SERoundTable.
CognitiveSEO‘s blog also has a helpful article on the steps you should take following a Google core update. Adrian Cojocariu‘s post recommends checking your traffic and positions, getting in touch with an SEO expert, reconsider potential penalties (perhaps a change in ranking isn’t related to the latest update), and more.
Hear, Hear: What to Do as Recommended by SEO Pros
Besides for catching up on the latest algorithm news from credible sources, here’s what SearchEngineLand contributor and SEO expert Ryan Shelley suggests you do in the meantime:
“When you are alerted of a major update, stay calm, wait to see the impacts and make calculated adjustments if needed.
We may not know all the factors Google uses to rank, but we do know their mission, which is to provide the most accurate answer in the shortest amount of time.
Focus on your users and their needs, and over time you’ll reap the benefits.”“3 things to do after a major Google algorithm update” by Ryan Shelley @ searchengineland
The pros over at Gadgets360 echo the same sentiments in their article, “Google Starts Rolling Out ‘May 2020 Core Update’ That Could Affect the Search Results You See“:
“It is natural that since Google makes certain changes at the algorithm level, some websites face drops, while the other ones get some gains in their traffic.
There isn’t any hard and fast rule to fix such impacts post an update starts rolling out.
Nevertheless, it’s better to consider analytics to understand ranking changes of your website.”– Gadgets360
It’s Time to Take Action
In summary, after each Google core update, you’ll want to check your site health, run new SEO audits, assess your latest SEO reports, review competitive content, and continue to create content that speaks directly to the needs of your site visitors!
While we’ll have to wait and see how the new changes will impact your website, you may also find it helpful to learn more about the core update from January 2020.
To learn more about January 2020’s core update, check out Barry Shwartz’s article, “The latest data on the January 2020 Google core update“, published on SearchEngineLand by clicking here. I also recommend reading up on Marie Haynes‘ in-depth guide, “January 2020 Core Update” by clicking here.
Alas — and as always, be sure to visit the one and only Google Webmaster Central Blog to learn all about the latest SEO guidelines and best practices for quality search engine marketing to get more traffic, leads and sales for your business.
Until next time!