Google Algorithm Updates - Latest News & History



Throughout the year Google is constantly making updates to their algorithms, and that causes rank fluctuations in the search results. So far In 2019, Google has already rolled out several confirmed core algorithm updates.

Below you’ll find an up-to-date summary of the confirmed and unconfirmed updates with additional resources and links to help you better understand the nature and impact of these changes.

More resources: Rank Risk Index | Google SERP Features | Visual SERP Feature Guide

2022 - Google Updates

Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
May 2022

Mother's Day Weekend Search Algorithm Update

Unconfirmed Update
May 08, 2022

On May 7th, the Rank Risk Index reported high levels of rank fluctuations on mobile. The following day on May 8th, rank fluctuations spiked dramatically on both mobile and desktop. Fluctuations gradually decreased over the next few days returning to normal by May 13th. 

On May 8th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported on significant industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
March 2022

March 2022 Product Reviews Update

Confirmed Update
March 23, 2022

On March 23, Google announced on their blog that the March 2022 Product Reviews Update went live. Two days later on March 25th, the Rank Risk Index reported a small spike in SERP fluctuations. The fluctuations decreased the next day.

On Mar24th Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported what the focus of the update was and what it included. He also mentioned low levels of rank fluctuations and industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
March 2022

Spring 2022 Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update

Unconfirmed Update
March 20, 2022

On March 18th the Rank Risk Index reported a small increase in SERP fluctuations on both mobile and desktop. The fluctuations increased reaching a peak on March 20th and slowly decreased over the next few days.

On March 20th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported large amounts of industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
March 2022

March 4th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
March 04, 2022

On March 4th the Rank Risk Index reported a spike in rank fluctuations on both desktop and mobile. The fluctuations died down the next day.

On March 6th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
January 2022

January 22nd Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
January 22, 2022

On January 22nd the Rank Risk Index reported high rank fluctuations on both desktop and mobile. The fluctuations peaked substantially the next day and fluctuations returned to normal on January 24th.

On January 23rd, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
January 2022

January 14th and 15th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
January 15, 2022

On January 14th the Rank Risk Index reported moderate levels of rank fluctuations which were followed by a massive spike in fluctuations the next day on both mobile and desktop. The fluctuations returned to moderate levels on January 16th and died down the next day.

On January 17th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported moderate amounts of industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
January 2022

January 12th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
January 12, 2022

On January 12th the Rank Risk Index reported moderate rank fluctuations primarily on desktop. The fluctuations returned to normal the next day.

On January 12th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported on industry chatter.

2021 - Google Updates

Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
December 2021

December 2021 Product Reviews Update

Confirmed Update
December 02, 2021

On December 1st, Google announced on the official blog that the December 2021 Product Review update had begun rolling out.

The Rank Risk Index showed a spike in SERP fluctuations on both desktop and mobile on December 2nd. High levels of fluctuations continued to December 7th and returned to normal on December 8th.

On December 5th Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about the high levels of fluctuations as well as industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
November 2021

November 2021 Core Update

Confirmed Update
November 18, 2021

Google announced on November 17th, that they were to be releasing the November Core Update that day. On November 18th the Rank Risk Index reported a spike in SERP fluctuations both on mobile and desktop. The fluctuations reverted back to normal levels the next day.

Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported industry chatter on November 18th.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version

November 2021 Spam Update

Confirmed Update
November 04, 2021

Starting on November 3rd, the Rank Risk Index tracked a moderate jump in fluctuations on both desktop and mobile.

The next day, Google announced on Twitter that a spam update had been released.

On November 4th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported limited industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
October 2021

October 2nd and 3rd Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
October 02, 2021

On October 2nd and 3rd, the Rank Risk Index reported a large spike in rank fluctuations on both desktop and mobile.

On October 4th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about limited industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
September 2021

September 24th and 25th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
September 24, 2021

On September 24th the Rank Risk Index reported a large spike in rank fluctuations which were still active on the 25th. They returned to normal on September 26th.

On September 27th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
August 2021

August 15th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
August 15, 2021

On August 13th the Rank Risk Index picked up massive fluctuations on both mobile and desktop which continued the following day.

On August 15th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
July 2021

Link Spam Update

Confirmed Update
July 26, 2021

On July 26th, Google announced that they began rolling out the Link Spam update. The update is designed to broadly identify and nullify spam across multiple languages.

The Rank Risk Index only reported an increase in fluctuations on the 29th which disappeared the next day.

On July 27th and July 29th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported limited industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version

July 2021 Core Update

Confirmed Update
July 01, 2021

On July 1st, Google announced on Twitter that the July 2021 Core Update had been released. This was the second part in a two-part core update that was originally announced on Twitter on June 2nd.

A day later, the Rank Risk Index reported dramatic fluctuations on both desktop and mobile which died down the next day.

On July 2nd, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about the unique nature of the update, as well as industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
June 2021

Google Spam Update - Part Two

Confirmed Update
June 28, 2021

On June 28th, Google announced on Twitter, that they had released part two of the spam update. Google also confirmed that the update took one day to complete.

The Rank Risk Index did not report any unusual ranking fluctuations.

On Jun 29th Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported that the update went live. He also reported a low level of industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version

June 23rd Spam Update

Confirmed Update
June 23, 2021

Starting on June 23rd, the Rank Risk Index tracked moderate fluctuations on both desktop and mobile.

On the same day, Google announced on Twitter that a spam update had been released and confirmed that it was completed that day.

On June 24th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported a small amount of industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version

Google Page Experience Update

Confirmed Update
June 15, 2021

On June 15th, Google announced on Twitter that the Page Experience update begun slowly rolling out. Google stated in the tweet that the update would be completed by the end of August.

In keeping with the slow nature of the update, the Rank Risk Index showed a record low level of fluctuations on the 15th.

On June 16th Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported that the update went live.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version

June 2021 Core Update

Confirmed Update
June 04, 2021

On June 3rd, Google announced on Twitter that the June 2021 Core Update was released. A day later, the Rank Risk Index reported dramatic fluctuations which lasted until June 6th.

On June 7th Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported on unusually low levels of industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
May 2021