The Google May Update is what we would be talking about in this article. Google carries out several updates to its search engine. In a day, Goggle makes at least one update or change to the algorithm of the search engine and hundreds of these in a year. Most of these updates are not so significant that go usually go unnoticed on the Search Engine Result Page (SERP). Others are noticed because of how it affects Google SERP.
Google May Update
The most significant updates, which Google makes to the Search Engine Result Page (SERP), are the Google Core Updates. Google carries out these core updates once every few months and the impact of the updates on all sites and contents in the search engines date base is usually inevitable. These updates are very broad significant changes done to the search engine’s algorithm and they cut across every site and content on the result database.
The Google May Update refers to the recent core update that Google has rolled out. The announcement of the core update was made by Google itself on its twitter page a few hours to when the update was to roll out. The core update, which has been officially named by Google itself, is called the May 2020 Core Update. Google also went ahead to give a link to guidelines for every webmaster whose site or content is on the Google result database.
May 2020 Core Update
This Google May 2020 Core Update rolled out on the 4th of May, 2020, hence the title. It has been speculated to last for about two weeks as other core updates before it. The Google May Update is the second core update for the year 2020. The very first core update was in January 2020 and there has not been any core update till May.
So far, the Google May 2020 Core Update has been categorized as a very broad one as it has made pretty big impacts on both contents and sites. This impact has affected the search engine results a lot thereby affecting the ranking of sites and contents.
Google Core Updates
The Google core updates are changes made to the algorithm of the search engine. The algorithm of the search engine is the process the search engine follows to retrieve result data and display on the search engine result pages. The main aim of the Google core updates is to serve every Google searcher with better and relevant results to their queries.
Over the years, Google has made some core updates to its search engine, a few times a year. Some of the core updates that Google has made so far are listed out below;
- May 2020 Core Update in May 2020. This is the recent one and was rolled out on the 4th of May.
- Google January 2020 Core Update in January 2020. This is the first core update in the year 2020.
- Google March 2019 Core Update in March 2019.
- Broad Core Algorithm Update in August 2018.
- Broad Core Algorithm Update in April 2018.
- Google September 2019 Core Update in September 2019.
- Panda Core Algorithm Incorporation in January 2016.
- Google June 2019 Core Update in June 2019.
- Core Algorithm Update which was in March 2018.
These are some of the very significant core updates Google has made to the algorithm of its search engine.
Google May Update Webmaster Guidelines
You made wonder who a webmaster is? A webmaster is the person in charge of maintaining a website for either companies or individuals on the internet. A webmaster is saddled with the responsibility of handling the technical aspects of overseeing website construction, maintenance, management of content, marketing, advertising, and fulfillment of orders for e-commerce.
Google always give guidance about their updates. This guidance is very useful to webmasters as they help to guide their decisions on what to do if their sites or contents get imparted by the core updates. Following these guidelines as a webmaster, would help you recover from drop experiences.
During and after a Google update, sites and contents may experience either a drop or rise in their ranking on the search engine result pages. Google has taken time to create some questionnaires for webmasters who think they have quality content but have been affected negatively by the core updates. Some of these questions are;
- Is your content providing original information, reports, and research analysis?
- Is the topic of your content substantial, fully understood, or completely described in the content?
- Does the content give insights, or useful information aside obvious and common knowledge?
- Does your content that gets information from other sources (contents) just copy and paste the information gotten with adding something new and relevant to it?
- Are your contents reliable or can they be trusted in issues relating to life or money?
- When compared to other contents with similar or the same topics, does your content provide essential value?
- Can your content display well on mobile devices?
- Does the topic of your content give a helpful summary of the content?
- Would your content be referenced by magazine, encyclopedia or book?
- Is your content the sort one can share with a friend, bookmark, or recommend to others?
- Does the headline to your content shocking or exaggerating in nature?
- Is the content being written by experts or not?
- Is the content free from easily verified genuine errors?
- Does the content default in plagiarism?
- Is the content well produced?
- Do the words in the content have issues with spelling? Is it easily readable?
- Are there excessive amounts of ads that may distract visitors from the contents or site or do the ads interface with the content?
These are some of the questions you should answer as it would help you make corrections to your content and also make quality content.
The routine of the search engine algorithm is not disclosed to the public so as to avoid manipulations of contents and sites in ranking very high on the search engine result pages. Not revealing the routines, helps webmasters to focus more on unique and quality content.