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Improving your SEO via content strategy? Google core update you need to know about - March 2024.

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Individuals rely on Search daily to discover the internet's finest offerings. Google consistently implements policies and automated mechanisms to counteract spammers, actively combating new strategies that attempt to exploit their results with subpar content. Google continuously refines these policies and mechanisms to counteract these trends effectively, aiming to maintain the delivery of valuable content and link users to high-calibre websites. Here are some updates they have made to enhance the quality of Search and the relevance of findings.

Improvements to their core ranking algorithms: Google is introducing improvements to their core ranking algorithms, focusing on elevating the most beneficial online information while minimizing the presence of non-original content in our search results.

Revised spam policies: Their spam policies are being revised to exclude the lowest quality content from Search. This includes preventing access to sites that were once valid but have been repurposed as spam depositories by their new owners and eliminating obituary-related spam.

Reducing low-quality, unoriginal results

In 2022, Google initiated adjustments to its ranking algorithms aimed at diminishing the prevalence of unhelpful and non-original content in Search, striving to maintain such content at minimal levels. The insights gained from this initiative are being applied to the core update scheduled for March 2024.

This forthcoming update includes fine-tuning Google's core ranking algorithms to enhance their ability to discern webpages that offer little value, deliver a subpar user experience, or appear to be crafted primarily for search engine visibility rather than to meet the needs of actual users. This encompasses websites designed mainly to align with particular search inquiries.

Google anticipates these enhancements will significantly lower the quantity of low-quality content appearing in search results, directing more users to valuable and superior-quality sites. Based on Google's assessments, it is projected that the amalgamation of this update with prior initiatives will lead to a collective reduction of low-quality, non-original content in search outcomes by 40%.

Removing spam results from SERP

For many years, Google has utilized sophisticated systems and policies designed to combat spam, ensuring that content of the lowest quality does not infiltrate search results—a steadfast commitment. Google is implementing multiple revisions to its spam policies to more effectively tackle new and emerging schemes that result in the proliferation of unoriginal, inferior content on Search. 

Starting immediately, Google will address a broader range of these deceptive practices. Although Google's ranking mechanisms already prevent various forms of low-quality content from achieving prominent placement on Search, these policy enhancements will enable Google to execute more precise interventions per its spam regulations.

Google has consistently enforced a policy against the use of automation for generating content that is either low-quality or not original, specifically when done on a large scale to manipulate search rankings. This policy was initially implemented to combat the apparent use of automated processes to produce content on a large scale.

With the evolution of content creation methods, distinguishing purely automated content has become more complex. To counteract these advanced techniques, Google is enhancing its policy to concentrate on the problematic practice of mass-producing content to elevate search rankings, regardless of whether the content is created by automation, human effort, or a mix of both. This adjustment will enable Google to address a wider array of content that offers little to no value and is generated in bulk, such as pages that claim to answer common queries but fail to present useful information.

Regarding site reputation misuse, there are instances where websites known for their quality content may also feature low-quality materials from third parties aiming to leverage the host site's reputable standing. For example, a third party might post payday loan reviews on a reputable educational site to benefit from its search ranking. This practice of ranking such content highly can mislead visitors who have different content expectations from the website.

Google will now view low-value, third-party content created mainly for ranking purposes and lacking proper supervision by the site owner as spam. This new policy is being announced two months before its enforcement on May 5, providing website owners ample time to implement necessary adjustments.

Furthermore, purchasing and repurposing expired domains primarily to enhance the search ranking of low-quality or unoriginal content will also be regarded as spam. This tactic can deceive users into believing the new content is associated with the original site's legacy, which might not always be accurate.

Google's search engine assists billions in finding answers daily, yet there remains room for improvement. Google is committed to continuously striving to reduce the presence of low-quality content in Search results while increasing the visibility of content designed to assist users genuinely.

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