On June 3, 2019, Google released the June 2019 core update. The search giant claims that it was not a major algorithm update, but many SEO experts and website owners believe otherwise. We are still seeing massive fluctuations in rankings as updates continue to be rolled out.
If you keep an eye on search engine results, you’ll know that this isn’t the first time something like this has happened this year. In March, SEOs noticed significant changes to the way domains ranked and predicted an algo update before Google even announced it. Again, Google said that the March update was not a full-on algorithm update.
There’s something very familiar about this June update. So you remain in the know, we have rounded up the opinions of leading SEO experts. Here’s what they have to say.
Moz: Health sites win; no changes in SERP features
Moz’s Pete Meyers tweeted early about the change. Meyers noted that health websites such a Healthline, Dr. Axe and Verywell Health had big gains.
He also noted that he couldn’t find any change in SERP features such as the Health Panel. This means that health-focused websites that gained or lost ranking visibility can expect their pages to stay in the Health Panel…for now.
Sistrix: More domains gain and lose than before
SISTRIX were quick to use their Visibility Index Tool to take a UK-focused approach to the June update. Comparing data between June and May, they found that websites typically gained 19-54 percent visibility or lost 17-50 percent visibility. Some of the winners were the Mirror Online, HuffPost and even Tumblr.
Crucially, Sistrix noticed a small but very important detail. The June update seems to have impacted a wider range of websites than the March update, which just affected “Your Money or Your Life” domains such as health websites. It looks like the June update has affected eCommerce stores, news sites and websites in a string of other industries.
SearchMetrics: New update reverts previous changes
Marcus Tober, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of SearchMetrics, believes that a lot of the change seen in June may have reverted some of the changes of the March update. He suspects that the wide-reaching blanket fall of health websites in March has been tweaked so that respected brands (WebMD, Dr. Axe, etc.) have regained visibility.
RankRanger: Your Money or Your Life still affected in June
Looking at the top 10 search results across the US, RankRanger took a niche-based approach to research. The company found that fluctuations typically fell within a range that can be considered normal. But they noticed much larger shifts in rankings for three particular niches: gambling, health and finance.
There you go, SEO experts have given their views on the June 2019 update. Hopefully it hasn’t hit your website too hard. If it has, however, our SEO experts are here to help. Get in touch today for a free consultation to see how we can help restore and increase your rankings.