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Google Pigeon increases businesses visibility in directories

So on the 24th of July, Google rolled out another new algorithm update, this time affecting local searches.  The algorithm update, aptly nicknamed "Pigeon"  by Search Engine Land, has been created to give more accurate searches for local businesses, giving businesses better visibility in organic search. So why has this update happened?

Well, local listings will now be set out in the results section, similar to where you'd expect a website to be, with less favouritism being placed on "Google my business". There has been a lot of speculation over why Google have released this update, most believe that it was due to Google's own directory "My Business" appearing higher in Google rankings than other online directories, even when people include the directory in with the search of the business.  This was commonly known as the "Yelp problem" as Yelp noticed that there search prominence had dropped with the integration of Google places in 2012, it was thought that Google may be manipulating rankings so Google places appeared higher (bad Google).   

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Google, Pigeon, Update, Algorithm, Seo

5 ways take advantage of the Panda 4.0 update

I briefly touched on the recent Google Panda update in my last blog, so I thought I'd give you a better insight into what's changed and how this will affect your website performance.

Google rolled out Panda 4.0 in May of this year, but what is Google Panda? Well, Google Panda is an algorithm Google uses to rank websites, ranking higher quality sites and improving overall user experience. So what's changed and how will this affect your SERP (search engine ranking performance). Well, the update is mostly centred around having quality and original content on your website, but there are other areas that it has affected.

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Google, Panda, Seo, Serp, Update, Search Engine1 Comment