We are seeing potential signs of an incoming Google algorithm update for July 2019. Up to this point July has been a relatively quiet month in terms of Google activity. Although they are constantly bringing out various updates these are not always centred around core algorithm updates and will usually have no impact upon us individually.
There are many factors important in allowing sites to rank effectively. Quality of content, user signals and backlink profiles are just some of these factors. However, a major ranking factor that can often be overlooked is the HTML title tag. When implemented correctly they drive in extra traffic and alongside other HTML tags such as meta descriptions can drive other behaviour metrics such as click-through rates. Understanding what title tags actually are and the SEO best practice for using these can pose problems. That is why we have compiled a brief guide on what title tags are and the benefits these can provide for you.
As ever there are big movements in the SEO world. Announced by Google on June 2nd, there has been a roll out of a core Google algorithm update for June 2019. This process took several days to fully roll out but is now complete. What makes this update interesting is the fact Google pre-announced it. As we know they are usually very quiet on any potential update and very rarely do they pre-announce it. This has been confirmed as a core update to the search ranking algorithms.
Brighton SEO is always a fantastic occasion and 2019 did not disappoint. With such a strong line-up of speakers and talks covering the whole span of digital marketing there certainly was plenty for everyone to enjoy! The digital team here at Unsworth Sudgen took a trip down to Brighton and below are a few observations we took away.
We may only be the start of April 2019 but once again we are seeing signs of volatility throughout the search engine result pages. After the mayhem that was March and Google announcing a core algorithm update as of the 12th March it is safe to say 2019 has seen a hectic start from an SEO perspective.
It may only be the start of March but we are already seeing significant positional changes and keyword shifts throughout. This is also consistent with various volatility sensors, such as SEMrush. So far for March 2019 it has already recorded scores of 8.1 and 5.9 in the UK for desktop viewports on the 2nd and 5th respectively.
There appears to be chatter of a potential February Google Algorithm Update in the SEO world in 2019. The signs also support this. Our trusted sensor over at SEMrush is showing us a score of 7.6/10 for Thursday 7th February in the UK. This also appears to be consistent throughout various other locations in Europe. As the past few weeks have been rather quiet relatively speaking it will be interesting to note the consequences of this latest update. Google frequently tells us to focus on the quality of content. The importance of content marketing can not be underestimated. As Google rarely informs us of any incoming updates it is crucial we ensure our content is of a high quality and give no reasons to be penalized.
As we have covered in previous posts, Google loves a Google Algorithm update. It is estimated there are hundreds a year. Throughout the SEO world there has been positive talk of a potential Google Algorithm update around the start of January 2019. Evidence certainly seems to support this. Our trusty rankings tracker SEMrush sensor recorded a SERP volatility score of 7.4 for Monday 7th in the UK and this appears to be ongoing throughout the week. This may not seem particularly high but the general consensus seems to be noticeable shifts in rankings. We are seeing positive ranking shifts right across the board. It will be interesting to note the effects this will have upon traffic once the changes settle down.