Search engine optimization (SEO) is based on implementing certain guidelines to help websites achieve a higher ranking on search engine results pages (SERPs). For those who are unfamiliar, these rankings are determined by an algorithm, which is basically a set of instructions that help computers reach a certain result. The Google algorithm has over 200 unique factors that it uses to decide what rankings pages receive for a given result.
However, this algorithm is not set in stone. Google is constantly making updates to this algorithm to respond to changes in technology, such as the rise of artificial intelligence and mobile search, as well as changes in the best practices for search. The year 2019 was no different for the search giant, and these updates will continue to drive search results well into 2020.
To give you a clearer picture of the key Google algorithm updates in 2019, we’re sharing the following guide to help your SEO efforts.
What were the most important Google algorithm updates in 2019?
Here’s a quick summary of the most significant updates to the Google algorithm in 2019:
- March 2019 Core Update — Google is constantly updating, but the biggest updates are called core updates and happen a few times a year. While Google and SEOs at large used to use colorful names for these updates, the March update was the first to use a more straightforward naming convention. Beyond confirming the update itself, Google did not release any exact specifics on how the update changed search rankings.
- June 2019 Core Update — In the second quarter of 2019, Google released an algorithm update that was the first to be “pre-announced” to help webmasters take a proactive approach. According to SEO researchers, this update affected a wider range of sites than normal, with some sites in the medical space seeing visibility gains.
- September 2019 Core Update — According to researchers, this was a smaller update compared to others from 2019 and caused less search volatility overall.
- BERT — This update was released in October 2019 and is an open-sourced project that stands for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers. This is a neural network-based technique for natural language that is possibly Google’s largest update since the 2015 Rankbrain update. This update is designed to continue the Google algorithm’s effort to better understand and respond to conversational searches.
Some of the major goals stated by Google across these updates are to increase domain diversity, to raise standards of trustworthiness for so-called “your money or your life” searches where users need critical information and to make featured snippets more current and timely.
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