I am not at all a tech person so not quite sure what this all means, but I got an email from my web hosting service for my website that there will be a new Google algorithm in May that will have some sort of metrics to see if websites offer good user experience . It was a heads up to make sure sites are in good good shape. As I understood the email, the better the website scores, the higher it ranks, which is logical. I'm sure that there are plenty more tech savvy people than me who will understand this better.
That may affect us here on HP, just not sure how. Should be interesting.
Interesting indeed. And much more when we get on board. Should be fun.
Thanks for alerting us to this. It sounds a little alarming. I just hope that it doesn't have too negative an impact.
Always low-key frightened of these updates.
Thank you for sharing. I am just currently in the process of doing just that lol.
Thank you. It likely means some type of roller coaster ride is to be expected. I guess we should hang tight. Maybe update our best articles. Mine are up to date.
Google making changes is always scary. But how does that influence Maven?
I can't see any mention of it on SEO Round Table. That doesn't mean it's not happening. But it's important to note that there are algo updates happening all the time, I think there were maybe three this March. Of course, some are bigger and more radical than others, but they always say it's about "improving user experience", maybe I'm jaded, but it seems like a term that's deliberately designed to sound vague but benign.
In my opinion hubpages no longer offers a good user experience due the number and placement of ads in articles. Just hope the Google algorithm doesn't score on this.
Who know? Google can come any time and say time to move...you've got to improve your...and no one knows what's at the end? Great Google.
This would certainly be my concern. I definitely dislike looking at my own articles in viewer mode without an ad blocker on. Not a great user experience at all.
Yet another update today it seems looking at the activity on Semrush. I'm noticing a 15 to 20% traffic drop in the hourly figures reported by GA compared to last Sunday, whereas they should be higher than last week.
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