Google March 2024 Core Update Released: bigger than before!

Key Takeaways:​

  • Helpful Content is now part of the core update.
  • The Helpful Content update is better refined to understand different webpages where content is made for search engines more than for people.
  • Spam updates will affect sites via manual action or algorithmically.
  • Expired domain abuse is now against Google's guidelines when used for ranking purposes only
  • Bulk content at scale which is used primarily for manipulating search rankings is now being targeted.
  • 'Parasite SEO' or Site Reputation Abuse is also being targeted,
  • The roll out of the update will take a month to complete.
  • Over the coming weeks there'll be major ranking fluctuations.
  • Google predicts it will reduce low quality content in its search results by up to 40%.
 
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?
I received the same message as everyone else "Spam", anyway i made some changes and removed a plugin Gtranslate.
When i submit the first time to recheck the blog, i see a huge crawler increase on the plugin URLs (I use PHP to check each IP accessing my blog with my custom plugin)
First resubmit to Google Webmasters Tools in 12 hours i got an answer and rejected to add back on Google.
Now already been 24 Hours and still been no answer from Google Support, so not sure if i found out what was the main issue or not, still waiting for the answer.
 
Looks like I've been killed off today - traffic has dropped to basically zero

4 year old site ( country .org domain) domain is over 20 years old
2 ai posts out of 170 that had been carefully modified
all niche relevant - travel and tourism
no spammy backlink tactics
no blackhat

Site is still indexed, but how much longer will that last.....

Pretty gutted, this was a labour of love, I might not of been pumping out on Social Media, doing enough outreach for backlinks but still it was outranking big sites on good keywords, good/decent content, good internal linking and was, I like to think a nicely structured site......

Don't know what to think now, do I wait until the end of the month, do I create out more content targeting long tail keywords, move over to Social Media or something else - feel a bit deflated really
I have 6 out of 500+ pages which are AI generated and I just checked serp and it seems like those pages dropped in ranking but the manually written content is absolutely fine.
So I'm a bit shocked to hear that G punished all your 170 pages just because of 2 AI pages... That's insane.
 
I have 6 out of 500+ pages which are AI generated and I just checked serp and it seems like those pages dropped in ranking but the manually written content is absolutely fine.
So I'm a bit shocked to hear that G punished all your 170 pages just because of 2 AI pages... That's insane.
Sorry - I have 294 indexed pages, around 170 posts - my seo terminology needs some work......

Anyway it's completely fuc**d up - I can't make sense of it, I'm getting close to zero traffic the last couple of days.....

There is obviously something they don't like - I'll see how it pans out over the next couple of weeks, look into it and adjust from there

My initial thoughts are lack of new backlinks, (domain had a strong, relevant backlink profile when I bought it) not sticking to a regular content schedule and lack of Social signals has played a part in it......
 
Sorry - I have 294 indexed pages, around 170 posts - my seo terminology needs some work......

Anyway it's completely fuc**d up - I can't make sense of it, I'm getting close to zero traffic the last couple of days.....

There is obviously something they don't like - I'll see how it pans out over the next couple of weeks, look into it and adjust from there

My initial thoughts are lack of new backlinks, (domain had a strong, relevant backlink profile when I bought it) not sticking to a regular content schedule and lack of Social signals has played a part in it......
So you have pretty much what I have... this makes me think that you were NOT penalised for those 2 AI posts. Just my 2 cents.
Yeah, unfortunately, I have to agree that velocity plays an important role (links and content).
 
Sorry - I have 294 indexed pages, around 170 posts - my seo terminology needs some work......

Anyway it's completely fuc**d up - I can't make sense of it, I'm getting close to zero traffic the last couple of days.....

There is obviously something they don't like - I'll see how it pans out over the next couple of weeks, look into it and adjust from there

My initial thoughts are lack of new backlinks, (domain had a strong, relevant backlink profile when I bought it) not sticking to a regular content schedule and lack of Social signals has played a part in it......
So you have pretty much what I have... this makes me think that you were NOT penalised for those 2 AI posts. Just my 2 cents.
Yeah, unfortunately, I have to agree that velocity plays an important role (links and content).
This seems to be a global problem:
 
Do you see 70% deindex in gsc?
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Yes in GSc from 280 pages / articles to 120 and counting
 
Yeah the same I don't see my blog at all in Google search.
Same! i am too Facing this issue but the twist is my Pages are indexed. but they are not Ranking. i usually get 25k Impression on daily basis and Not it Dropped directly to 9K. where my Majority of targeted Keywords and some Keywords which i was not targeting primary but there ranking dropped they are not in top 100
 
Why gtranslate. I just translated my whole site last week. Now I'm scared.
I used this plugin for a long time to ...
So when i first request review after the "Spam" notification

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The Google crawler insane jump on the translate pages, /jp/ or /es/ etc.
So in the first request, before i got the new alert with spam and the blog didn't was fixed message from Google and i saw a huge crawler scan via translate pages.
After Google sent the message that "The website hasn't been fixed" i saw a drop in the crawler on the translate pages.
So after checking this information i gather, i decide to remove the translate plugin, and request it back to Google.
So after i request the second time, i see again a huge crawler on the translate pages only.
So 99% is translate pages crawler ...
So first request in 12 hours i have the answer "no" from Google, now even after 24 hours still no answer, and still a big crawler on the translate pages.
I just said my experience here, I'm not sure if this fixed the issue, till i don't get an answer from Google i can't know but hope this can help some other webmasters study and share their own experiences trying to fix their blogs/websites.
 
I got 3 posts out of 50 that were ai generated. Already had them removed in GSC but seems that I've been killed off here too. The site is still indexed but I see it keeps swallowing organic kws every 5-10min on Ahrefs until I reach zero traffic I presume.
 
All the URLs of my sites are indexed but the organic traffic from Google seems to have disappeared.
 
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