Google algorithm updates in 2021

December 15, 2021 - 1  min reading time - by Magalie Rousseaux
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Discover the list of Google algorithm updates of 2021. It was a full year for Google and SEOs: multiples Core Update, Page Experience Update, Spam Update, etc.
We hope that this reminder will help you to be clear with the current Google guidelines and updates to kick off your new 2022 strategy!

Google updates 2021

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Passage Indexing (US/English) — February 10, 2021

Featured Snippet Drop — February 19, 2021

and Recovery — March 12, 2021

MozCast measured a 40% day-over-day drop in SERPs with Featured Snippets, with a mysterious return to their previous levels three weeks after.

Product Reviews Update — April 8, 2021

Google announced an update to reward in-depth reviews over thin reviews and spammy affiliates (impacting English-language only at launch).

June 2021 Core Update — June 2, 2021

Spam Updates — June 23, 2021

Danny Sullivan of Google, said that ‘both parts of this spam update were “global” updates that targeted both web results and image results’.

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Page Experience Update — June 25, 2021

This update included Core Web Vitals and impacted both organic results and News results (including Top Stories).

July 2021 Core Update — July 1, 2021

A follow-up to the June Core Update, the July 2021 Core Update rolled out from July 1-12.

Link Spam Update — July 26, 2021

Google Title Update — August 24, 2021

Google informed the public of a new system that can generate titles for website pages. It will focus more on accurately describing what a page is about.

November 2021 Spam update — November 3, 2021

We do not know if this update targets link spam, content spam, or other forms of search spam.

November 2021 Core Update — November 17, 2021

This is the third core update Google released in 2021.

Translated Results (India) — November 18, 2021

Google documented a change called Translated Results currently limited to India. It auto-translates the titles and snippets between languages.

December 2021 Product Reviews Update — December 2, 2021

This will impact product reviews on English-language pages. It will take about three weeks to complete.

And 22 possible Google Search Ranking unconfirmed updates

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Magalie, previously the Content & SEO Manager at Oncrawl, is passionate about digital and content marketing. She contributed a number of articles to the Oncrawl blog.
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