Google Pandemic Update - I'm Feeling Like a Covidiot!
Well, my most mature website is going down in flames! Most every page has taken a hit. And these are pages that have once ranked on page one of Google searches in my keyword niches for years.
This latest May 4th, 2020 update (May the Fourth be with you!) is supposed to continue to be released for up to two weeks beyond its release date. I can't help but think that to release an update that is destroying major websites traffic was a poor choice in this economic crisis.
So, what can you or I do? Well, some experts are still referring back to the August 2019 update suggests:
It seems older websites are the ones that are taking the hit. Some newer players have seen an increase in traffic since the May 4 update.
It appears the new algorithms are looking around your chosen keywords, not just the specific keyword itself. I took one of my two word keywords for a page now ranking on page nine and searched around that keyword with related topics to it. I found another related page from my website ranking on page four.
The Google webmaster website continues to restate its past Core Update recommendations when it comes to SEO and content.
One recommendation I did uncover was not to make drastic changes at this point. Also be sure there are no website health issues. Mine, up until recently, had a sitespeed problem for mobile users. Those issues have been fixed.
I will keep working at this and share what I find as I try to uncover what it is about my mature website that has sent it sinking into the depths of diminished page rankings and traffic.
But right now I'm feeling like a helpless Covidiot!