Earlier this month, on June 3, Google released a new algorithm update dubbed the June 2019 core update. Google has claimed that this is not a massive algorithm update but there are many SEO experts and business owners who think otherwise. In fact, we are still seeing changes and fluctuations in rankings as the algorithm continues to settle.
If you are a bit of an SEO nerd, you will know that this is not the first time a big algorithm update has happened this year. Earlier in March, SEOs began to notice big fluctuations in the way that Google ranked particular websites. So much so that many predicted an algo update before Google even announced one. Yet again, however, Google said that it was not a full-on algorithm update and only affected a small section of websites.
If you’re unsure what this June update means for you, we’ve rounded up the leading SEO opinions to fill you in. Here’s what the SEO experts have to say.
Moz: Health sites improve despite no changes in SERP features
Pete Meyers of Moz fame was one of the first to notice and comment on the changes. He found that health brands such as Healthline, Verywell Health and Dr. Axe saw big gains as a result of the update.
This was despite no change in SERP features such as the Health Panel. As a result, we can expect that any website who has or doesn’t have content in the Health Panel feature will stay the same over the next few months.
Sistrix: More movers and shakers than in March
SISTRIX used their Visibility Index Tool to look at the changes created by the June update from a UK perspective. Looking at data collected in May and comparing it to the most recent data in June, they noticed huge changes in visibility across a number of domains. News websites in particular changed significantly with the Mirror Online and the HuffPost gaining, and the Daily Mail losing out.
This, Sistrix pointed out, set the June update apart from March. In March, only Your Money or Your Life websites (like health websites) were affected. This time around websites in a huge number of verticals appear to have been affected.
SearchMetrics: New update reverts previous changes
Marcus Tober, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of SearchMetrics, thinks that a lot of the changes we are seeing in June is a reaction to the fallout of the March update. In particular, he thinks big, trusted brands that suffered big losses in traffic on March have now been restored. This includes websites like WebMD and Dr. Axe who suffered at the hands of a blanket drop in health website rankings in March.
RankRanger: Your Money or Your Life was still affected in June, however
RankRanger looked at a huge number of top 10 search results across the US in a number of different niches. The software provider noticed that fluctuations fell into normal ranges for the most part. But three niches suffered huge fluctuations in particular. They were gambling, health and finance.
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