Another Google MayDay Tweak, June 23/24th?

Jun 25, 2010 • 8:19 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A new WebmasterWorld thread that has continued Google obsessive watching, is showing signs that Google did another tweak to their latest ranking algorithm.

It seems like the Google MayDay update, which we covered at exhaustion here was not just tweaked a bit on June 2nd but also possibly June 23rd and 24th.

Several SEOs and Webmasters are asking if there is a new update going on. Walkman, a senior member of the forums said:

Lots of tweaking, ups and down for no reason. As much as 10-20% a day.

Another senior member, Shaddows summed up his recent Google experience:

We've had a major shift in referal patterns again.

Just to be clear, when I say "major" I mean, Vince-like. Normally, we see one or two a year. Recently, we have seen them

MayDay Part I
Mayday Part II (around 14th)
June 2
June 23/24

Each of them are "game changers" that would cause a strategic change in SEO practice- a change in how you go about things, not fixable by "fiddling" at a page level.

Have you noticed a change over the past two days with your Google rankings or traffic?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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06/25/2010 12:49 pm

checked all sites rankings for the last week and theres no drastic changes... hmmm wonder which market or sector these webmasters are seing the changes


06/25/2010 01:04 pm

We saw a huge ranking change on one of our sites serving long tail business traffic in a European traffic. Mayday I saw traffic drop of 80%, June 19th a traffic increase to 85% of former levels. We have verified this with another similar but unrelated site in the same country, who experienced exactly the same pattern.


06/25/2010 01:37 pm

Some of the search results in the UK are some what bizarre. I was searching for a DVD authoring company earlier and searched via the term "DVD authoring". There were not any sites in the first five pages of the results - that is hardly a good "search experience". The site third in the results was a German website! I have to say that the majority of other search queries that I have tried are fine however.

Lou Storiale

06/25/2010 05:04 pm

Yep! I noticed one of my clients moved down 30 spots at the End of May, then moved up even higher than previously shown (to #46 on a desired keyword phrase), now back down 18 ranks in the past 3 days. It has been frustrating to explain to a customer what is happening to their site rankings.

No Name

06/25/2010 05:08 pm

Hey if it knocked Wikipedia off the list then I am all for it. I suspect that these changes are affecting the bigger more robust sites. News, Articles, Shopping carts.... If you are a smaller site, like a pest control company, then most of these changes don't affect you much. And hopefully it will even help.

Jamie Barclay

06/27/2010 06:59 pm

Yes I see changes in the statistic lately. Thanks for this information.

Kristi Davis

06/28/2010 10:17 pm

I'm seeing something on a different note but I can't remember the post you did on traffic being down. We had no changes to our main keywords but our traffic went down about 20% (guessing) from May 26th to June 15th. Very noticeable. I still need to go through and figure out if it was long tail keyword related but it also seems like it was just less searches for our main terms. It seems really strange that it would be for that period though.

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