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Google’s August 1st core algorithm update: Who was impacted and to what extent?

Google updated its search algorithm on 1st of August and here is everything you need to know about it. This broad core update by Google focuses on medical and health sites. But many sites apart from them are also impacted by the update. There is basically nothing you can do to fix your site but you can offer great content and a unique experience to the users. The update is known as Medic Update because it focuses on the health and medical space. Google has stated that this is a broad, core update and it does similar updates many times each year.

There is no particular method you can use to fix the pages. Instead, remain focused on building great content for the users. Google stated that some sites could notice drops or gains. The changes introduced into the system are benefitting the pages which were previously under-rewarded. This rollout will impact all Google search results across different regions and languages. 

Who was impacted?

This is a global update which means every type of site has been impacted. However, it has been noted that there is a focus on medical and health sites in addition to entertainment and gaming niches. It has also impacted ‘Your Money, Your Life’ sites. These sites are focused on money and life.

What can you do?

Now that you know there is a change in the Google’s algorithm, there is nothing you can do to fix it. There is no solution to the same but Google suggests that you improve your website, create better content and make it a unique experience for your users. This could lead to a better ranking of your site on the next update.


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Google Optimizes It’s Ranking Algorithm With Markup Changes

Since time immemorial, structured data and markups have helped webmasters create search result snippets richer. Usually initiated with a goal to increase the click-through rate from organic search results on leading search engines, most users miss on higher SERP rankings due to lack of attention on quality markup language.

Google from time and time again uses modifications in the ranking algorithm to make a web page rank better. Of course, adding structured markups to your pages won’t directly lead to a better PR.

But, that all may soon change!

In a recent Google Hangout session with Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst, John Mueller, it came into spotlight that over the course of the next few months or years, structured markup is something that might go into the Search Engine rankings.

According to Mueller, Google currently doesn’t use this [markups] for ranking purpose. But over time, it may gradually start using it. Explaining concisely, he added: “If we can recognize someone looking for a car, we can tell them, we have these pages that are marked up with structured data of a car. This can be pretty useful in depicting results that really matter.”

Of course it makes sense to use structured data for depicting relevant results, but one shouldn’t assume that using structured data markup can make a site jump up in the rankings automatically. A structured data markup can only help a search engine distinguish between a site that is done technically well, and one that has great content.