History of Google Algorithm Updates

Google is constantly changing all the time so obviously, it would have a long history of Algorithm updates. The reason for thousands of updates is to produce high-quality and relevant content for the users and provide them with better search results. In this blog, we have compiled a list of the most important Google algorithm updates. Let’s dive into the blog.

Florida Update — November 16, 2003

A very first algorithm update that created a huge impact on retail sites the most. Hotels, clothing, jewelry, and other businesses ranking for high commercial terms were targeted first by google.

Jagger Update — September and October 2005

This is next to Florida which impacted newer websites, which helped the people to believe that Google ranked more prominent brands and well-established sites. It tackled the black-hat SEO tactics, which were spammy backlinks

Big Daddy Update — March 29, 2006

It’s an extended version of Jagger. This update pushed down the sites with low-quality incoming and outbound links to enhance the quality of Google’s search results.

Vince Update — January 18, 2009

The Vince update was created for improving the quality of big brands with offline businesses.

May Day Update — April 28, 2010

It improved the quality of search, and showed up a huge impact on long-tail keywords, targeting big companies. Penalized pages with duplicate or low-quality content.

Caffeine Update — June 8, 2010

One of the biggest Google updates that came in 2010 is Caffeine. This update was all about delivering up-to-date information to the users. It discovered fresh and high-quality content and boosted up.

Panda Update — August 12, 2011

This update affected the sites with bad or low backlink profiles and penalized the sites with high bounce rates and repetitive content across pages.

Penguin Update — April 24, 2012

The Penguin update is the next major update in 2012. It was created to tackle webspam. It affected the sites with low-quality links.

Hummingbird Update — September 26, 2013

This update helped Google to understand search intent so it could produce more relevant results for the user.

Mobilegeddon Update — April 21, 2015

Google produced its next big algorithm to improve the user experience for those searching on mobile. It was created to increase mobile searches.

RankBrain Update — October 26, 2015

It’s a machine learning system that affected the pages that didn’t provide context information.

Medic Update — August 1, 2018

It affected health, medical, and other life decision-based websites. It helped the users to find trustworthy results.

BERT Update — October 22, 2019

It followed the Hummingbird and RankBrain updates by improving Google’s language processing technology to understand search intent. It uplifted the sites with good content.

Google January 2020 Core Update — January 13, 2020

Actually, it showed a great impact on the health and finance sectors. It’s an extension of the Medic update. The sites that displayed less trust and credibility were penalized.

Google May 2020 Core Update — May 4, 2020

This was the second update of 2020. Larger businesses benefited from this update.

Google December 2020 Core Update — December 3, 2020

It didn’t impact most websites, just focused on content interpretation and search intent. Small retail sites, news, and reference sites are affected.

Product reviews update- April 8, 2021

This search ranking algorithm update was created to promote the products which have better content rather than thin content that explains a bunch of products.

Broad core algorithm update – June 2, 2021

The June Core Update reportedly rolled out from June 2-12, some well-planned improvements are not ready for this update. It will be shown in the second rollover.

Page experience update – June 15, 2021

This is a long-awaited page experience update that included Core Web Vitals and impacted both organic results and News results (including Top Stories).

Core Update – July 1, 2021

This is a follow-up to the June Core Update, the July 2021 Core Update rolled out from July 1-12. Takes about two weeks to complete.

Google Link Spam Algorithm Update – July 26, 2021

A link spam update reportedly rolled out over 2-4 weeks. According to Google, this was one of the major algorithm updates across multiple languages.

Broad core update – Nov 17,2021

On November 17, Google announced the rollout of a broad core update. This update officially wrapped up at the end of November, most tracking sites showed a strong single-day spike.

Product Review Update – December 1, 2021

Google announced another update to reward high-quality product reviews (and a refresh of the April 2021 update). It rolled out over three weeks, and MozCast recorded multiple days of high SERP volatility in December.

Page Experience Update – Feb 22,2022

Google announced an update via Twitter that the page experience update is rolling out for the desktop search. Google offers more relevant information about page experience to the developers.

Product Algorithm Update – March 23, 2022

This Update will help the users to identify the product with high-quality reviews.