Google is constantly introducing changes to its ranking algorithm. While some are just minor tweaks, others have a huge impact on the SERPs. The search engine giant releases thousands of updates each year, but we’ll take a look at the most important Google algorithm changes and glitches in 2020.

January 2020 Core Update

On January 13, 2020, Google announced via a tweet that they would be releasing a broad core algorithm update, just like what they do several times every year. Although Google assured that a core update is not a penalty, some sites were badly affected for three days after it was launched.

Unnamed Update

On February 7, 2020, multiple rank tracking tools registered a high-ranking flux (MozCast peaked at 116 F on February 7). Although Google reps clarified that it was not another core update, some marketers remained doubtful. By February 12, the changes reverted to normal.

Featured Snippet Deduplication

On January 22, 2020, Google’s Danny Sullivan announced that web pages in a featured snippet position would no longer be repeated in the search result listings. In short, featured snippets are counted in the top position. Google didn’t announce this update until SEO professionals saw it live and started asking questions about it. According to Sullivan, this Google algorithm update helped to declutter the results so users can more easily find relevant information.

May 2020 Core Update

On May 4, 2020, Google tweeted that they would be releasing another broad core algorithm update. This update brought significant volatility to the rankings. Several industries, such as travel, health, real estate, and pets, have seen the biggest fluctuation in rankings.

Google Bug Fix

On June 22, 2020, rank tracking tools started showing heavy flux again, with MozCast reaching 96 F. Google did not confirm any algorithm change until Gary Illyes announced an indexing bug affecting Disqus comments and explained that a fix would be rolling out soon. It wasn’t revealed how long Google has had issues indexing Disqus comments.

Google Glitch

On August 10, 2020, the SEO community noticed massive ranking changes in the Google search results for a few hours, which disappeared then reappeared again. Google eventually confirmed that there’s another glitch in their indexing systems. Ranking changes were also recorded the following day, but it’s unclear if they were related to the glitch. Things went back to normal shortly after.

Keep Yourself Updated

It’s not easy to keep up with continuous Google algorithm changes and updates. That’s why it’s best to leave it to the experts. D-Kode Technology can help you understand how algorithms work, and how they can impact your business. Get started by calling us at (925) 855-3282, or send a message by clicking here.