Google March 2024 Core Update Released: bigger than before!

I'm back to what I was before......

Went down for a few days, but back to normal.....so for me personally I've got something to work with....... hopefully......

Was scary when the traffic went off a cliff, but some new keywords are ranking, some top 3 posts have drooped to 4 - 7+ but the new gains have picked up the slack traffic wise....

looking at the data, I'm pretty sure the drop off in traffic was something unrelated to the update, but I'm still looking into it - if that is the case, I'll make sure it doesn't happen in the future...

Outranking TripAdvisor, Government and Regional Tourist Sites in some fairly competitive areas

Still two weeks to go, so not making any long term plans as of yet, but some things I can crack on with......been a bit of weird roller coaster so far....
 
I’m also wondering about this myself. I have 2 old sites over 8yrs old all hand-written, no issues.

However, I started 2 new websites purely on AI content (GPT4) and both are also doing fine. One of the new site is over 1yr old while the other just 1-2 months old and is using an expired domain, articles which I published on the newer site on the 26th of February is currently ranking 1-10 and 20-50 on SERP.

I don’t believe Google penalized AI contents solely on them being AI generated, I believe it’s about the quality of the AI content and the usefulness of it all.
How many articles did you publish on the new site every day?
 
None of this was because content was AI generated. None of our clients were affected, and at least half saw increases especially in local SEO.

This update was about low quality content that wasn't helpful, something I've been saying for years.

If all you're doing is firing up ChatGPT or whatever OpenAI wrapper you like and copying and pasting content then of course you're going to get hit.

But if you are actually working on your pages and focusing on information gain ***even for mass pages like what we do*** you'll be just fine or in even better position than before.
 
None of this was because content was AI generated. None of our clients were affected, and at least half saw increases especially in local SEO.

This update was about low quality content that wasn't helpful, something I've been saying for years.

If all you're doing is firing up ChatGPT or whatever OpenAI wrapper you like and copying and pasting content then of course you're going to get hit.

But if you are actually working on your pages and focusing on information gain ***even for mass pages like what we do*** you'll be just fine or in even better position than before.

Agreed.

We massively revised our AI strategy and as a test I launched 2 new sites 3 days ago. Both a mix of human/AI.

One site is now ranked on page 3, for a 9,000 volume keyword. In 3 days. With AI content.

The penalty is on quality of content, regardless of how it's made.

AI needs to be used as a foundation, not used without oversight.
 
The penalty is NOT on quality of content... It is rather based on authority of the site and special deals with Google. Look at quora or reddit.
Sometimes you get poor quality article in top 10 just because it is published on "strong" website like forbes or other "know" about everything website.
 
A lot of porn site were hit and you can't say is about quality content cuz you can't write an article for each video in a porn site
 
The penalty is NOT on quality of content... It is rather based on authority of the site and special deals with Google. Look at quora or reddit.
Sometimes you get poor quality article in top 10 just because it is published on "strong" website like forbes or other "know" about everything website.

Completely disagree. Those parasite pages got hit too. Quora and reddit I'm 100% sure got their affected algo manually turned up a bit. However, they are losing some of the rankings they once had now.
 
Nowhere have i seen where google can look at given content and tell if it is high quality or not. They may be able to tell if it has some keywords. They definitely can tell if it has at least AI in part. But they can’t tell directly what articles are more useful.

If they could, they wouldn’t have updates like HCU because they would already have known. If they could then you wouldn’t have parasite affiliate stuff on big sites outranking sites with far more useful pages.

This is all because Google can’t identify GOOD content so they settle on trying to identify and attack what they don’t like.
 
another move from G clea
Almost all my aged & authority sites are tanked. They are all whitehat, some of them have AI content, some of them have writers. But entertainment niches got hit the worse. I have no choice but to fire my long-term writers and go completely AI at this point. (they were already hit hard with the September HCU, but this one completely hammered it).
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same to for some very old affiliate sites with some 90.000 HUMAN WRITTEN content ... like top quality content...
like all content was written by experience natives... good content.
well, so it goes. mainstream medias and high da will survivce, "small" bloggers gone.
well, time to pack it up. unless you got 50 employees, no sense anymore.
SEO is dead.
 
A small website I own, had mostly AI content from the previous owner. Completely de-indexed...
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So, I have one of those "still indexed but lost practically all rankings" sites.


I cannot submit pages to manually index (they are not deindexed yet, but I tested this just to see what would happen).


Sometimes I reload a serp page and my site appears back in number 1 spot, most of the time this doesnt happen at all.

I really dont know what to think, normally sites jumping around in updates aint that crazy, but google added the right

level of colorful language / propaganda in this one to make things feel so out of place.

This site has used AI to help with the content but it is heavily manually edited, it isnt an ai spam site in the pure sense.......

Not much black hat was used on it, the only traits I think it has that other sites dont, is fast growth in traffic and was doing around

1.5 posts a day..... which even before AI wasnt that crazy of a number. It is also extremely young, but on a fresh domain.

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It is "SEO ed" in the sense that it answers search questions related to the business....... but how the heck else do you create content if google will

force you to tip toe around so hard?

Selling christmas trees? welp, guess you cant answer how much they cost, make a buyers guide, compare it to artificial ones etc etc etc

because that would mean you are creating content to attract clicks on search for your business........ go fuck yourself google.


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That being said, and maybe im coping, but the way I see some sites behaving without manual penalties etc, sort of reminds me of

october through nov when many pages were disappearing from the top 100 and by the end of the 2 months, most everything for my sites

returned back to normal and I stopped following it. So maybe this is just some errors that will self correct?

Or maybe this is them refining last years efforts to kill small businesses.

Was helping a family friend make their first site (pure white hat and hand written with their own eeat) It just reached 1k visits in a whole month.....


today, it cant be found for any keyword without directly using its name.




no manual penalty has appeared yet?

100% ai content

I was hit and i used IA just for the 100 first videos now I'm trying to recover

Guys,
Your content was pure AI and detectable, or modified with some tools and detectable as 100% human?
 
another move from G clea


same to for some very old affiliate sites with some 90.000 HUMAN WRITTEN content ... like top quality content...
like all content was written by experience natives... good content.
well, so it goes. mainstream medias and high da will survivce, "small" bloggers gone.
well, time to pack it up. unless you got 50 employees, no sense anymore.
SEO is dead.
Agree...

Funny how many people still believe in G guidence bullshit haha
SEO is done.
 
How many articles did you publish on the new site every day?
Right now, I'm not keeping count, but starting from the 25th of February to the present, I've published 32 Articles. I'm a family man; this is just my side stuff. Some days, I publish 2-3, and other days, I don't. I plan to get 100 articles within a month and then start link building. I applied for Adsense and within 6hrs, it was approved.

None of this was because content was AI generated. None of our clients were affected, and at least half saw increases especially in local SEO.

This update was about low quality content that wasn't helpful, something I've been saying for years.

If all you're doing is firing up ChatGPT or whatever OpenAI wrapper you like and copying and pasting content then of course you're going to get hit.

But if you are actually working on your pages and focusing on information gain ***even for mass pages like what we do*** you'll be just fine or in even better position than before.

I partly agree with what you said. I agree about AI articles; like I said, it's the usefulness of the article that matters most. HOWEVER, Big G used this update to show more love to the BIGGIES out there, high DA sites. I think G wants to kill off many small bloggers.

I'm building 2 new sites, purely on AI-generated articles + Grammarly + human editing + AI images + COFFEE; I haven't submitted it to GA yet, but both sites are already ranking. so we'll see how this will all go.

I'll probably add a few more websites in the next few weeks.


In other news, my 8-9yr old health-related site that I thought was hit is actually getting more clicks now than before even with 50% impressions gone since the update. I haven't worked or updated ANYTHING on the site for over 2 years. I don't what gives...
 
Right now, I'm not keeping count, but starting from the 25th of February to the present, I've published 32 Articles. I'm a family man; this is just my side stuff. Some days, I publish 2-3, and other days, I don't. I plan to get 100 articles within a month and then start link building. I applied for Adsense and within 6hrs, it was approved.



I partly agree with what you said. I agree about AI articles; like I said, it's the usefulness of the article that matters most. HOWEVER, Big G used this update to show more love to the BIGGIES out there, high DA sites. I think G wants to kill off many small bloggers.

I'm building 2 new sites, purely on AI-generated articles + Grammarly + human editing + AI images + COFFEE; I haven't submitted it to GA yet, but both sites are already ranking. so we'll see how this will all go.

I'll probably add a few more websites in the next few weeks.


In other news, my 8-9yr old health-related site that I thought was hit is actually getting more clicks now than before even with 50% impressions gone since the update. I haven't worked or updated ANYTHING on the site for over 2 years. I don't what gives...

Eh, I'm not sure it's so much that Google wants to kill off the smaller bloggers on purpose, it's just unintended consequences I think.

What Google's been going more to the past 5 years or so is branding, click data, and in some respects knowledge based trust.

What we've seen is our clients that have better branding ie better entity build out, more branded searches and clicks, are the ones that saw the most uplift.

One thing smaller bloggers don't do is branding and getting those branded searches, clicks and unlinked mentions.
 
Guys,
Your content was pure AI and detectable, or modified with some tools and detectable as 100% human?
Actually after doing more research, my site had little to no ai content. The reason it got hit is because it was a PAA type site (I bought this from someone, it had nice traffic)
 
Right now, I'm not keeping count, but starting from the 25th of February to the present, I've published 32 Articles. I'm a family man; this is just my side stuff. Some days, I publish 2-3, and other days, I don't. I plan to get 100 articles within a month and then start link building. I applied for Adsense and within 6hrs, it was approved.



I partly agree with what you said. I agree about AI articles; like I said, it's the usefulness of the article that matters most. HOWEVER, Big G used this update to show more love to the BIGGIES out there, high DA sites. I think G wants to kill off many small bloggers.

I'm building 2 new sites, purely on AI-generated articles + Grammarly + human editing + AI images + COFFEE; I haven't submitted it to GA yet, but both sites are already ranking. so we'll see how this will all go.

I'll probably add a few more websites in the next few weeks.


In other news, my 8-9yr old health-related site that I thought was hit is actually getting more clicks now than before even with 50% impressions gone since the update. I haven't worked or updated ANYTHING on the site for over 2 years. I don't what gives...
Seriously man... don't waste time on it. How much you make at the moment? Think about value for money of what you do. How much time it costs you? Is it worth it?
 
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