Category: Analysis

Core Update thumb

The new year has begun with a confirmed Google update. However, what was initially believed to be either a change to Panda or Penguin is in fact a core ranking algorithm update. Here, we take a look at the fresh data from the Searchmetrics Suite. Background to Google update We were expecting a Penguin update […]

January 13th, 2016 | Analysis 121 comments
Google Quality Update / Phantom III

Everyday countless webpages are evaluated by Google quality raters (with the goal of improving the overall quality of search results). On 12 November 2015 Google updated its comprehensive guidelines (Quality Rater Guidelines), according to which webpage and content quality is evaluated. Not long after this we began to notice significant movement in our ranking and […]

December 2nd, 2015 | Analysis 82 comments

Seldom has the hype surrounding a Google update been so feverish as was the case with the infamous mobile-friendly update. Let me set the scene. Once upon time, back in early April, the mighty Google decreed that sites that do not pass its new mobile-friendly test shall be banished from its mobile kingdom, ahem, rankings, […]

November 4th, 2015 | Analysis 12 comments
Autocomplete small

Access to the autocomplete API is set to be restricted as of today, 10 August 2015, according to an official post on the Google Webmaster Central Blog. From now on users who wish to continue to have autocomplete functionality on their site are being guided towards Google Custom Search Engine. Meanwhile, for keyword research tools, […]

August 10th, 2015 | Analysis 7 comments
blogpost ranking factors 2015

The Searchmetrics Ranking Factors study 2015 for Google.com is finally here! Once again we made the annual epic journey to the center of our data pool, analyzed, averaged and correlated for our lives, and more than once burned the midnight oil. Our mission as always: To figure out just what it is the top-ranking sites […]

July 30th, 2015 | Analysis 24 comments
Google Panda Update 4.2

After ten long months since the last Panda update, it seems that Google has begun its roll-out of Panda 4.2. We have completed a rapid analysis to present the first winners and losers after this update in this week’s SEO Visibility. The roll-out of this Panda update is expected to take several months to be […]

July 24th, 2015 | Analysis 13 comments
Google Shopping & AdWords study

We have analyzed the two most important advertising forms in the U.S. search results of google.com – Google AdWords and Google Shopping (Product Listing Ads, PLA). The results of the study can be downloaded as a whitepaper below. It contains findings about the 10 biggest advertisers in AdWords & Shopping as well as information about the […]

July 8th, 2015 | Analysis 4 comments

Within a few weeks, Google has tweaked its core algorithm and rolled out an update for the second time without officially anouncing it. According to our quick analysis, this update seems to be primarily concerned with trending keywords as well as temporary search intentions related to informational (shorthead) keywords. First-glance-winners are first and foremost media […]

June 19th, 2015 | Analysis 56 comments

In the beginning of May 2015, webmasters far and wide witnessed severe traffic fluctuations, with some sites losing over 50% of their traffic! Clearly, Google had changed something, but what? Because of the initial uncertainty, it was called the “Phantom Update” (II). In this post, I’ll provide you with Searchmetrics data to shed more light […]

June 10th, 2015 | Analysis 28 comments
Universal Search 2015 Title Thumbnail

The annual average for 2014: Google has enriched 80% of all keyword queries with additional integrations of the Universal Search. Once again, we have  analyzed the precise developments according to absolute and relative growth for Videos, Images, News, Maps and Shopping this year, which we present  in a new white paper that is free to download. […]

May 4th, 2015 | Analysis 31 comments