• Today's HDR Update for 8 May, 2024
  • 1) Number Of Search Results Dropped Google Search Results Page
  • 2) Google Search Ranking Update Volatility Starting On May 3rd
  • 3) Big Brands Receive Site Abuse Manual Actions

On May 3rd, Google's search landscape saw a significant shift in ranking volatility, coinciding with a drop in the number of search results displayed on Google's search results page. Concurrently, reports emerged of major brands receiving manual actions for site abuse. These developments indicate a potentially significant update in Google's search algorithms and enforcement policies, impacting website visibility and compliance strategies for businesses.

Number Of Search Results Dropped Google Search Results Page

It appears that Google has eliminated the results count—the total number of results—from the Google Search results page. It was removed from the Google Search Generative Experience in June last year. Google has been trying to remove it for a long time, but it doesn't appear to be completely gone.

Update: The number is still visible on the page, but you must click "tools" to see it. Some use it for a site command to see how many pages Google indexed from a site, which Google says is not a good estimate. Some use it to say how important and competitive a topic is.

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Google Search Ranking Update Volatility Starting On May 3rd

Even though I'm taking my time to report on this, I thought I'd write it down in case any of you saw any changes or volatility in the rankings between May 3 and May 4. There are indications that Google made changes to its ranking this past Friday, albeit they have not yet been officially verified.

Until I noticed that Glenn Gabe had provided some statistics he is tracking, I almost forgot to report on this. When I looked more closely, I saw that the SEO community was talking more about May 3 and 4. The majority of the tools are also quiet around May 3 and 4.

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Big Brands Receive Site Abuse Manual Actions

A brand that previously distanced itself from 3rd party coupon content quietly changed its disclaimer to now say that there is oversight. Google revealed that pages hosting third-party webpages were receiving manual actions, and some have speculated that these activities may be having an impact on search results.

Google’s SearchLiaison confirmed that Google’s site reputation abuse update started on Monday, May 6th. In the future, automated activities will be replaced with manual ones. Numerous websites from all around the internet removed pages that can be interpreted as having third-party content hosted for search engine optimisation. Google's "site reputation abuse" update​ began rolling which will consider low-value, third-party content produced primarily for ranking purposes and without close oversight to be spam.

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