Google releasing a large update today

Since I am dealing with events, sometimes I have to manually re-index old urls with new content. Sometimes, I have to first-index new urls since some events are appearing on a faster rate than Google will crawl/index.

This is due to the site being rather new, but anyway, it used to work. Never had issues of gone over the quota - in a few words, I did not abuse the system at all.

Starting with 23-24 September, this doesn't work anymore. Every re-indexing attempt goes through, but the page is still showing old content.

Anyone having the same problems with indexing or re-indexing?

Yeah I can't seem to index any new content at all. When I request indexing and check later to see if it's been indexed on GSC it just says: "Url is unknown to Google".

Seems like there's some pretty bad issues going on at Google atm.
 
My site has over 200 pages but Google only shows home page when I search for my site using site:domain. It is over 6 months old.
 
Unable to index 20 new events (the most important ones) and unable to refresh old urls with new data (around 10), this happened:
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I totally exclude a penalty, there's no reason for that. In fact, I gained some good organic backlinks during the weekend.

However, it seems like for today and tomorrow things are looking better, SERPS are in fact better than before, the only problem is that about 5% of the pages are actually indexed (out of which 50% are well ranked).
 
Surely I am not the only one seeing pages randomly vanish from the serps and only after manually inspecting them having them re-appear right?

Seen this on 5 different sites now, surely this is a bug no?
 
Google is rescoring all the pages. It's going to be like this for a few days. Recrawling/resorting etc. I'm betting this is going to happen every few months for the forseeable future
 
Google is rescoring all the pages. It's going to be like this for a few days. Recrawling/resorting etc. I'm betting this is going to happen every few months for the forseeable future
It's definitely not that, as the pages return to they're original position when I recrawl them on webmastertools. Well 4/5 did.
 
It's definitely not that, as the pages return to they're original position when I recrawl them on webmastertools. Well 4/5 did.

What makes you say it's not that? Pages going to original position doesn't mean it's not a rescoring. And that could just be for the index you were looking at. You could be ranked lower or higher in different indexes.

That's exactly why you saw pages vanish. It was A/B testing those pages.
 
I have noticed some positive movement for a lot of keywords and a lot of them are now on the first page, mostly in the first three places. The bad news is that the traffic hasn't improved, but actually decreased, reaching new lows. I wonder if anyone sees the same behavior.
Also, sorry for the mini heart attack (from seeing this topic at the top again).
 
I have noticed some positive movement for a lot of keywords and a lot of them are now on the first page, mostly in the first three places. The bad news is that the traffic hasn't improved, but actually decreased, reaching new lows. I wonder if anyone sees the same behavior.
Also, sorry for the mini heart attack (from seeing this topic at the top again).
Hahah, the last sentence :D


I am noticing it right now. Big keyword (before may update on top, giving me 300-600 visitors per day), dropped to page 2, then it actually coming back (top5 right now) but the traffic is lower than on 2nd page :|
 
Sensors still high.

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Few days and will be 1 month of crazy serps.

Never seen a situation like this before.

I don't want to think how many business have been destroyed and families will lost their jobs this month.
 
Sensors still high.

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Few days and will be 1 month of crazy serps.

Never seen a situation like this before.

I don't want to think how many business have been destroyed and families will lost their jobs this month.
It seems, since covid, Google employees have so much free time. So, they playing with algo to Prank us.:rolleyes:
 
I don't want to think how many business have been destroyed and families will lost their jobs this month.

Remember that we are talking here about free traffic. There's always the option to pay for it, so I would not think that too many businesses are actually destroyed by these erratic serps. I got hit pretty hard, recovered, got hit again during one single week. It's crazy, but it did not destroyed me - and I can't even say I'm a business.

If someone has a business and some employees and relies only on free Google traffic, that business is not solid.

I am now trying to make the most out of the users Google already sent, so this month I'll be finishing implementing the V2 of one of my sites, and most improvements are towards user experience and interaction and better data. It will be a quality update but at the same time an SEO update.
 
Remember that we are talking here about free traffic. There's always the option to pay for it, so I would not think that too many businesses are actually destroyed by these erratic serps. I got hit pretty hard, recovered, got hit again during one single week. It's crazy, but it did not destroyed me - and I can't even say I'm a business.

If someone has a business and some employees and relies only on free Google traffic, that business is not solid.

I am now trying to make the most out of the users Google already sent, so this month I'll be finishing implementing the V2 of one of my sites, and most improvements are towards user experience and interaction and better data. It will be a quality update but at the same time an SEO update.
Free traffic? Not really since you need (well needed) to work to stay at the top. Or has the Internet now become Google's platform? And not all websites can rely on ads since in some niches, it just doesn't make sense. Take how-to or review-type websites as some relevant examples.
 
Or has the Internet now become Google's platform?

It is like that for many years, sadly. Is there an alternative to Google's way of sorting out the Internet? A new and better search engine? Every browser on every phone has Google search as default (iOS or Android). And let's not forget that Google delivers results which are still the best ones (overall).

Do you think the countless users who used Google last week are aware that the big G is broken or it doesn't index new pages? :) No, they are not aware and even more, they don't care.

Google's monopoly on information is probably the biggest monopoly that ever existed.
 
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The SERPs have become a gigantic clusterfuck at this point. Google search team releases a new update every now and then only to reverse it a few days later. Legit getting tired of this crap.
 
It is like that for many years, sadly. Is there an alternative to Google's way of sorting out the Internet? A new and better search engine? Every browser on every phone has Google search as default (iOS or Android). And let's not forget that Google delivers results which are still the best ones (overall).

Do you think the countless users who used Google last week are aware that the big G is broken or it doesn't index new pages? :) No, they are not aware and even more, they don't care.

Google's monopoly on information is probably the biggest monopoly that ever existed.
Well, the regular user will notice that something is off with the Google Wide Web when they'll only have two or three major publications to choose from that will push useless content since why bother when you have no competitors. Monopolies need to be broken and I am genuinely surprised that Google has managed to arrive in 2020 and still kept its monopoly over the Internet intact. What the hell are our politicians doing?
 
Something strange start yesterday with one of my project. I've checked and my serp position is not changed but I've this jump

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And the most strange thing is that traffic coming form google .com/search.
What the hell is google dot com slash search? (if I type in browser bar it redirects to google dot com).

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Anyone experienced a situation like this during this update / canonical & index bug?
 
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