March 2016 Google Webmaster Report

Mar 7, 2016 • 9:07 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Google Search Algorithm Updates

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This may be one of the largest set of links in my Google monthly recaps ever. Truth is, there weren't any major algorithm shifts, but lots of medium to small things that need to be mentioned.

We did see a potential Google update but it was not Penguin - at least not yet. We may have learned something new about Panda as well. I should add that the ongoing WebmasterWorld thread has some vibrations of chatter from the update I mentioned above.

The big news was AMP went live in Google but it is not yet a ranking signal.

Google did penalize a Japanese link network, told us they act on 65% of user generated spam reports and Google was caught buying a link for Chrome ;-).

On the ad side, Google dropped the right ads is testing carousels like crazy and referrer spam seems to have died down.

Finally, The Google Dance rocked even if Google doesn't have an SEO partner program. And it is sad to see Amit Signhal retire from Google this past month.

Here is the recap and you can see last month's over here.

Google Updates & Algorithms:

Google AMP: Google Webmaster & Spam: Google User Interface Changes: Google Tidbits:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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