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    Now Finished: March 2022 Google Product Reviews Update

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Apr 12, 2022
    The March 2022 Google Product Reviews update is now fully rolled out, Alan Kent from Google told me. The updated started on March 23, 2022 and ended 19 days later on April 11, 2022.

    Immense Google Search Ranking Volatility; The Tail End Of The Product Reviews Update?

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Apr 6, 2022
    As of yesterday afternoon and certainly today, I am seeing signs of some really large Google search ranking volatility and ranking changes. The question is, are these fluctuations from the tail-end of the March 2022 product reviews update or is this some sort of new update?

    April 2022 Google Webmaster Report

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Apr 4, 2022
    Welcome to April, the real April, not April 1st, and with that, I have the monthly Google webmaster report for you all. This is a big one, so get comfy and start reading. We had the product reviews update start rolling out, we had the page experience update for desktop finish rolling out and several unconfirmed updates.

    Now Seeing Volatility For The Google Product Reviews Update (v. March 2022)

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 31, 2022
    Earlier this week I reported that we were not seeing huge changes yet for the March 2022 Google Products Reviews update. Well, it seems like some of the tools and a number of SEOs are now noticing larger changes specific to sites that would match the product reviews categories.

    For Google Updates, The Product Reviews Update III Is Not That Huge - So Far

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 29, 2022
    So far, I will say that the Google Products Reviews update version 3, the March 2022 version, is not that huge. That is, not that huge compared to the previous product review updates or core updates. Some would say this update is a mild update, again, so far...

    Google Local Search Update On March 23rd 'Corrects' Vicinity Update

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 28, 2022
    On March 22nd and 23rd I noticed the BrightLocal tracking tool spike up a bit, so I kept tabs on that we may have had a Google local search update. Well, Joy Hawkins posted in the Local Search Forums that this update seems to have been a "correct" of the "Vicinity Update," which was the update we reported on in December 2021 that later Google confirmed.

    March 2022 Google Product Reviews Update Rolling Out - Everything We See So Far

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 24, 2022
    Google has rolled out its third version of the product reviews update, named the March 2022 Product Reviews Update. The previous two versions were the April 2021 Product Reviews Update and the December 2021 Product Reviews Update. The March version was updated to incorporate more signals and criteria in this niche ranking algorithm.

    Spring 2022 Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 20, 2022
    Google may have started to release another Google search ranking algorithm update starting Friday, March 18th through today, March 20th. This is an unconfirmed update but unlike the last one we reported, we have both chatter from the SEO community and also the tracking tools are picking up on it. I am calling this the Spring 2022 Google search ranking update.

    Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Algorithm Weirdness, Google Analytics 3 Going Away, Google Local Review Bugs & More

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 18, 2022
    This week, I covered a possible Google update that ticked off a week ago, but it was weird, the tools didn't pick up on it. Google announced it is sunsetting Google Analytics Universal Analytics in 2023 and you will need to start using Google Analytics 4...

    Reaction Towards Google Killing Google Analytics 3 For Google Analytics 4

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 17, 2022
    So Google is doing away with Google Analytics 3, aka Universal Analytics and you will all have to switch to Google Analytics 4, aka GA 4. Universal Analytics properties will stop processing new hits on July 1, 2023. That means you need to set up GA 4 really soon so you can compare year over year data - GA 3 data won't migrate to GA 4.