Compare Google’s search results before and after the algorithm change

Just a few days back, Google announced that it had changed its search results algorithm. Normally Google tweaks its algorithm frequently from time to time, but this time the change was considered to be a major one.

 

Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.

We can’t make a major improvement without affecting rankings for many sites. It has to be that some sites will go up and some will go down. Google depends on the high-quality content created by wonderful websites around the world, and we do have a responsibility to encourage a healthy web ecosystem. Therefore, it is important for high-quality sites to be rewarded, and that’s exactly what this change does.

These changes are expected to primarily affect the so-called “content farms”, ie the websites which reproduce content or post content based on the search-trends of the day.

If you want, you can test the change and see how it has impacted search queries or even your websites status.

To see the Google results as they appeared before the algorithm change visit the IP address 64.233.179.104. To see the current results, simply visit Google.com.

While some have reported drops of upto 40% in the last few days, The Windows Club does not seem to be majorly affected either way.

 

 

As an end-user have you noticed or liked the changes? As a blogger have you noticed any change in your website traffic?

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.

4 Comments

  1. saqib

    Hey!

    I am a Technology blogger my Blog url is http://www.topbreaking.com/.i wrote about technology news views and review. have not seen any change on my blog taking Thanks to my content.

    Regards
    saqib
    http://www.topbreaking.com/

  2. zero

    Don’t use Google! Gave up on that poor excuse of a search engine many months ago. Google is a dying engine!!! It’s rubbish, Google is.

  3. Usman

    I own a few websites and blogs but didn’t see any drop in my keyword rankings in the last few days. I hope the change will fully reflect during March. I’m still in shock that some very good sites like daniweb.com, labnol.org and ghacks.net have been hit badly by this algorithm change ..

    Just a suggestion, although I’m a regular reader of thewindowsclub and also review and quote the utilities made by thewindowsclub, I would like to have some way to follow the comments here .. something like subscribe to comments etc.?

  4. Joe

    Sounds great. Should help keep the quality of websites up as they should be anyway.

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