Google March 2024 Core Update Released: bigger than before!

Interestingly, this update destroyed a site of mine that had the most manual work put in. I'm talking about product testing, proprietary data, great social engagement, and shares of articles throughout forums, FB groups, etc. Went from 500-1000 clicks per day to 30. Spammy sites that use everything shady possible that I'm overseeing have only seen gains.

Reading up more about the sites that this update affected, I thought that I'll test the theory of Google penalizing sites that are connected to shady sites via GSC. So I deleted 6 sites from my GSC account where I did all of the testing of not so white hat tactics. Within 2 hours, the site mentioned in the beginning came back at even higher positions than it was in before. Could be pure coincidence or could be the connection between that site and 6 spam sites via GSC... Needless to say I will not be lazy going forward and use different GSC accounts.
 
Interestingly, this update destroyed a site of mine that had the most manual work put in. I'm talking about product testing, proprietary data, great social engagement, and shares of articles throughout forums, FB groups, etc. Went from 500-1000 clicks per day to 30. Spammy sites that use everything shady possible that I'm overseeing have only seen gains.

Reading up more about the sites that this update affected, I thought that I'll test the theory of Google penalizing sites that are connected to shady sites via GSC. So I deleted 6 sites from my GSC account where I did all of the testing of not so white hat tactics. Within 2 hours, the site mentioned in the beginning came back at even higher positions than it was in before. Could be pure coincidence or could be the connection between that site and 6 spam sites via GSC... Needless to say I will not be lazy going forward and use different GSC accounts.
I always use different GSC acc when creating websites. One GSC one website. But still I got hit, and I didn't even used AI content or did spam.
 
Could be pure coincidence or could be the connection between that site and 6 spam sites via GSC... Needless to say I will not be lazy going forward and use different GSC accounts.

I think it could be coincidence, I've had two sites bounce back last night and nothing has been changed.
 
Reading up more about the sites that this update affected, I thought that I'll test the theory of Google penalizing sites that are connected to shady sites via GSC. So I deleted 6 sites from my GSC account where I did all of the testing of not so white hat tactics. Within 2 hours, the site mentioned in the beginning came back at even higher positions than it was in before. Could be pure coincidence or could be the connection between that site and 6 spam sites via GSC... Needless to say I will not be lazy going forward and use different GSC accounts.
This is an interesting thought. My site experienced a major loss in traffic as well, looking at my GSC I have 5 other sites that all were hit in the many updates late last year. Will try removing them and report back if I see any changes in rankings.
 
These guys are just screwing us around. How can a comprehensive article on the specific keyword can be unhelpful and some reddit or quora answer can be more helpful? As you can tell, reddit, pinterest, and quora are their friends, so they decided to rank them. Even though they will lose millions on ad revenue.
 
Interestingly, this update destroyed a site of mine that had the most manual work put in. I'm talking about product testing, proprietary data, great social engagement, and shares of articles throughout forums, FB groups, etc. Went from 500-1000 clicks per day to 30. Spammy sites that use everything shady possible that I'm overseeing have only seen gains.

Reading up more about the sites that this update affected, I thought that I'll test the theory of Google penalizing sites that are connected to shady sites via GSC. So I deleted 6 sites from my GSC account where I did all of the testing of not so white hat tactics. Within 2 hours, the site mentioned in the beginning came back at even higher positions than it was in before. Could be pure coincidence or could be the connection between that site and 6 spam sites via GSC... Needless to say I will not be lazy going forward and use different GSC accounts.
It's a coincidence. They see the IPs, everything.
 
These guys are just screwing us around. How can a comprehensive article on the specific keyword can be unhelpful and some reddit or quora answer can be more helpful? As you can tell, reddit, pinterest, and quora are their friends, so they decided to rank them. Even though they will lose millions on ad revenue.
Yeap. Same idea. In every query google shows me quora or reddit. Even if i search like "where is my lost sock, where did i lost it?", bingo! Quora gives the answer. But my 2000+k article that contains 10+ H2 with images can't. So boring. I decided to change the site language. But i i would change, there is another site like quoara :D LOL
 
These guys are just screwing us around. How can a comprehensive article on the specific keyword can be unhelpful and some reddit or quora answer can be more helpful? As you can tell, reddit, pinterest, and quora are their friends, so they decided to rank them. Even though they will lose millions on ad revenue.
Google have been favouring the big sites for quite some time.
Here's my post about reddit traffic:
https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/g...ased-bigger-than-before.1577580/post-17421414G don't care if your content is great... they just care about site authority.
So when people tell me links don't matter I just laugh.
 
Google have been favouring the big sites for quite some time.
Here's my post about reddit traffic:
https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/g...ased-bigger-than-before.1577580/post-17421414G don't care if your content is great... they just care about site authority.
So when people tell me links don't matter I just laugh.
Some people have been using reddit as a parasite recently, especially reddit comments, making a ton of money. If Google is going to keep favoring reddit in the SERPs I imagine it will be spammed even harder. Maybe we should just start with parasite SEO since Google clearly don't want us to rank our own sites any more.
 
Actually alot of the sites that were on the list on X that were deindexed have returned. lol
 
This update aims to reduce unhelpful content in search results by 40%.

Here's the DEMO
Screenshot_20240309-182807.jpg
 
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.
Did you get any update by chance?
 
These guys are just screwing us around. How can a comprehensive article on the specific keyword can be unhelpful and some reddit or quora answer can be more helpful? As you can tell, reddit, pinterest, and quora are their friends, so they decided to rank them. Even though they will lose millions on ad revenue.
Even more, I don't think they can actually tell what good content or a unique view is. They look for patterns to penalize but they can't tell good so they award high-authority instead.
 
Even more, I don't think they can actually tell what good content or a unique view is. They look for patterns to penalize but they can't tell good so they award high-authority instead.
Agree
They are checking patterns not content quality
Ai content is easily detected, remove it all
 
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