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

2021 - Google Updates

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
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

May 22nd Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
May 22, 2021

On May 20th Rank Risk Index reported a spike in fluctuations. The following day, there was a decrease in fluctuations, but fluctuations resumed on May 22nd. The fluctuations stopped on May 24th.

On May 23rd Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported massive fluctuations that occurred on May 22nd and noted that the industry chatter did not match the levels of fluctuations.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
April 2021

April 30th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
April 30, 2021

On April 30th the Rank Risk Index reported a large spike in rank fluctuations. The fluctuations peaked the next day and fluctuations returned to normal on May 2nd.

On May 3rd, while reporting industry chatter, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable speculated that the update had an impact on the Product Reviews Update.

April 23rd Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
April 23, 2021

On April 23rd, the Rank Risk Index began tracking a moderate increase in rank fluctuations which carried through to the 24th. The update affected both global web search results and local search results.

On April 26th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version

Product Review Update

Confirmed Update
April 09, 2021

On April 8th Google announced the launching of the Product Review update which is specifically focused on product review content.

Starting on April 9th, the Rank Risk Index reported a massive spike in ranking fluctuations both on mobile and desktop. The volatility carried through to April 11th and settled by April 12th on desktop. On mobile, the fluctuations carried through to April 13th.

Fluctuations resumed on April 15th and died down on April 18th on both Desktop and mobile.

Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported on the update on April 9th.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
March 2021

March 10th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
March 10, 2021

On March 10th, the Rank Risk Index reported an increase in Google SERP fluctuations on both mobile and desktop