Google: Nothing To See Here, No Update Going On...

May 13, 2014 • 8:07 am | comments (56) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google PageRank & Algorithm Updates

google: nothing to see hereDespite all the signals, chatter and reporting showing that Google's search results appear to be updating as if there was an algorithmic change at Google, Google has told me that there is nothing going on.

Google said that they are not working on anything and there is nothing going on around this. They wouldn't comment more than that.

How can there be this much discussion and noise around a non-Google update? It has happened before. Either this is surrounded around normal algorithmic shifts without a refresh or update, maybe around link penalties or maybe Google is hiding something from us? I am not sure. I am just telling you that Google has denied this.

So if your site took a dive in the past week or so and you have no manual action, then it isn't real - it is fake. No, I am kidding, it obviously is real but we cannot attribute it to a confirmed Google update. In fact, it is Google saying there was no update.

I tried.

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F1 Steve

05/13/2014 12:15 pm

Thanks for chasing it up Barry! It could just be flux from the "de-linking" and "no-following" of the web!

Yo Mamma

05/13/2014 12:30 pm

"How can there be this much discussion" that means a lot of people are involved in the same thing. That could mean either a legal or illegal conspiracy. Could Google be involved in an agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act?

Todd Foster

05/13/2014 12:58 pm

The chatter could be heightened due to everyone being on edge about Penguin since it is due. Every little thing could seem like a bigger thing.

Ben Guest

05/13/2014 12:59 pm

Universal just getting more localized?


05/13/2014 01:02 pm

@rustybrick:disqus Good so now its settled. Thanks for sharing this response from Google (Y)


05/13/2014 01:21 pm

They were definitely testing something rather big, probably didn't like what they saw, and now say there's nothing to see here.

Who Cares

05/13/2014 01:27 pm

Who gives a toss. The sooner these lying bastards die, the better for the internet.

Barry Schwartz

05/13/2014 01:38 pm

no, the tools also show shifts in rankings and people complained or were happy about ranking changes.

Todd Foster

05/13/2014 01:45 pm

I understand that, I have seen some small positive changes but what I am trying to say is it could of been blown out of proportion. I completely agree about some kind of change but it may come off as more scary for a lot of people due to it being the time penguin is due.

Todd Foster

05/13/2014 01:46 pm

Love the updates though, I jump on this everyday for my daily updates. :)

Durant Imboden

05/13/2014 01:50 pm

No change here. Same old, same old.

Yo Mamma

05/13/2014 01:57 pm

May not be an algorithm change but its a BIG Google change ....A top EU court has ruled Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people in a test of the so-called "right to be forgotten". Daymn straight - I want to be forgotten 1 (650) 253-0000 (Consumer) Google Customer Service #5 then Listen to Option #2 - "Unfortunately there is NOTHING that Google can do to remove information from websites without the cooperation of the sites administrator " Based on this "Right to be forgotten" case in favor of the public and against Google, Google had BETTER get its act together, and fast. Quote from bbc - In its judgement on Tuesday, the court in Luxembourg said people had the right to request information be removed if it appeared to be "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". You can use to make your demand based on this court order

Bob Weottababyitsaboy

05/13/2014 02:22 pm

Oh good, I'm glad the thousands of dollars I've lost are for no reason. Thanks Google.

Durant Imboden

05/13/2014 02:22 pm

The "right to be forgotten" law affects search engines in general, not just Google. It also has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

Durant Imboden

05/13/2014 02:28 pm

Of course, it's possible that some other aspect of Google Search is being tweaked or tested, such as geotargeting or personalization. That wouldn't affect the core algorithm, but it would affect search results in some cases.

Yo Mamma

05/13/2014 02:33 pm

And that is your OPINION oh bearded all wise one! (sarcasm) - The chatter has been undefined. Undefined oh not so brilliant one that maybe in need for new spectacles Being that it is undefined chatter, it maybe about the lawsuit that Google is very, very grumpy about and are now having to deal with yet another legal complaint, this time, from me - lol "We have received your legal request. We receive many such complaints each day" - Oh, but Google, expect so many more :-)

Yo Mamma

05/13/2014 02:36 pm

Keep guessing I gave you the update below - You just don't like it being a Google junkie

Durant Imboden

05/13/2014 02:40 pm

Your "update" would be more relevant if it were posted with Search Engine Roundtable's story on the topic:

Yo Mamma

05/13/2014 02:47 pm

You need a life pal. I am contributing and you are policing. This is the CONTRIBUTION section, not the POLICING section. Look up Internet Nazi and police there. And if you look at the TIME the referenced article is, its AFTER I posted my junk, so you can THANK me for that


05/13/2014 02:49 pm

Well, there might not be any update but that doesn't means that they did not tweak any algorithms and tweaked it back to what it was. I do not know why we need to assess so much when they clearly stated out they make changes every day , i just feel they know something is in place however they do not think that can be named as any update . #tiredofupdates


05/13/2014 03:53 pm

Why don't we all just put Chicken Little back in the coup. Who cares about an update, just keep working hard and it will all pan out. Stop with the click bait headlines and listening to Chicken Little Webmaster.


05/13/2014 03:53 pm

Probably a Panda refresh.


05/13/2014 05:25 pm

I agree with the chicken little and click bait sentiments, but "keep working hard and it will all pan out" smacks of faith-based SEO which is usually a bad idea... I know business is an art but you have to be at least a little bit empirical to truly understand and predict.

Nicholas Chimonas

05/13/2014 07:28 pm

Clearly it was an exponential surge in self attained sentience by the machine learning algorithms.


05/13/2014 08:11 pm

Could Google be testing the "softer Panda" update before running it?


05/13/2014 08:39 pm

And SMX Advanced I am sure Matt is going to announce just what happened this week during the shift. :) Oh, wait...sssshhhhh... :) ;D Naaaahhhh.


05/13/2014 11:58 pm

My site also got a massive drop in SRP, this is the site can anyone suggest me some ways for improving.?


05/14/2014 12:00 am

so google tests a new aglo, monitors chatter at bhw. No one bitches, then they return things back to normal only to roll out a new ball breaker. Always happens near a 3 day holiday,,and memorial day weekend coming up.... hello penguin 3


05/14/2014 12:01 am

what purpose does the site above serve?


05/14/2014 05:33 am

My search traffic increase and decrease from 23/04/2014 My site

Håkan Persson

05/14/2014 05:42 am

Has anyone seen the relationship between big changes in serp and sites affected by any previous Penguin update ?

Osse Cutler

05/14/2014 11:26 am

I think people are mentally disturbed... always its not an update peeps :p let them work

Osse Cutler

05/14/2014 11:29 am

next time its better to spend those dollars on doctor


05/14/2014 11:31 am

May be it's new strategy of Matt cutt so that everyone got relax then he will do any blast by sudden update...:-o ;-) :-P :-D I also saw some drawback in traffic of my website in recent weeks....:-/


05/14/2014 01:20 pm

No. There was definitely a shift. SERPS had significant changes, then reverted completely back the next week.


05/14/2014 01:39 pm

Your website is an ingenious masterpiece, it deserves high traffic.


05/14/2014 01:43 pm

Not a useful website. Very little content ("no posts in x category"), and what content there is is not original. So do the complete opposite of what you have done. Well you asked. Or was it just a way to get a link? Which incidentally is no-followed. Also you up-voted your own post. Brilliant.


05/14/2014 02:13 pm

how much traffic did you expect brother?


05/14/2014 03:00 pm

Thank you so much for posting your site. It gives great insight into those who are pinging Barry and always noticing updates. I think it's because your site is on the fringe of greatness.


05/14/2014 03:03 pm

Better just keep checking your rankings. It looks like you have put a lot of effort into your site and there's really no reason why it should be ranking high. Keep working!

F1 Steve

05/14/2014 04:42 pm

to be fair, it actually looks far, far better than Durants!!


05/14/2014 04:50 pm

I clicked your ad for sheer cheek. Its not just an adsense site! Its a retro adsense site!


05/14/2014 05:02 pm

Don't listen to the others... The don't understand your niche so they don't see any value... You do need more text content on each page. It wouldn't hurt to have a nicer web design. It is pretty cheap these days to find semi-professional web templates ranging from free to $20... Change your home page title, meta description, and keywords to be "Desi TV" and nothing else... Number 1 and 2 on Google for your niche are both PR1 sites... You should be able to do pretty well with good content tuning.

Ben Guest

05/14/2014 05:03 pm

Be nice, and please ignore my laughter. It's not you at all. It's me. ;-P


05/14/2014 05:04 pm

It is a collection of Middle East TV shows. Very Niche, but potentially a good niche. The leaders in the space are all PR 1. His site makes total sense to me... Can be done better though.

Kartik Kadia

05/14/2014 06:32 pm

I think people are disturbed, because after few days they will be in tension, if any major updates in Google?

Stuart David

05/14/2014 07:46 pm

It's all waste anyway, sites like, and (now you see as latest breaker) killing SERPS with their wordpress spam - and all the relative to the,, and network that Google took down, they have lost the battle

Jim Christian

05/14/2014 08:51 pm

It's more interesting to figure out which South Park character Matt would be...

Charles Floate

05/15/2014 02:37 am


05/15/2014 07:19 am

From what Im seeing the changes made last week are back, in my opinion its a softer algo, Im seeing the return of sites that have done extensive de-linking and content creation work.


05/15/2014 07:38 am

Durant Imboden is EditorialGuy on - he doesn't like people pointing this out - perhaps he'll use the "right to be forgotten" law to not have Google index this page?


05/15/2014 07:55 am

Hi. Franco from Italy. I'm seeing changes on many serp. I think it's an update. Today my serp are going crazy! Many site from position 1 disapperead. It's impossible: no.. it's an update.

Raghu K

05/15/2014 07:56 am

I did received an email alert from Neil Patel's blog [] where he warns us all about something Penguin 3 major updates. Here you said Google has denied any updates, so what may be the conclusion. Google hiding us or there really isn't any update.


05/15/2014 09:38 am

Ciao! All serps or some specific sectors?

Hailey Kaester

05/19/2014 10:57 am

I have come across many sites that gave rough estimate of what search engine optimizers (SEOs) and webmasters should expect in the next few months. But all these sites portrayed a wrong news. I am also in a dilemma. I too think there is an update. Fingers crossed!!!


06/26/2014 10:48 pm

Google says there was no update... well... somehow one of my client sites managed to fully recover... lol. I don't believe em.

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