Was Google Hacked on 10th of August 2020? by Best Digital Marketing Agency, Absolute Digital
Updated: Oct 20, 2020
What we know so far based on Google's update on the 10th of August 2020.
Website and business owners who've spent time and effort to rank your website on Google's SERP would know that Google's search algorithm is most trusted in the current market. However, if you went on Google on the 10th of August 2020, you'll realise that Google made an adjustment on their SERP algorithm.
Some of the top-ranked websites have been overtaken by other less credible websites with a lower Domain Authority (DA), which leaves some of us puzzled, and most worried. So, what exactly changed?
Here's what we know so far...
Google has recently updated its Google Search ranking algorithm on the 10th of August. While no official confirmation has been made by Google, the SEO and digital marketing community have some thoughts on the new changes: so far, it does not look good.
From what it looks like, the Google Update began to roll out at around 2 pm ET on the 10th of August. The most significant changes seem to be rankings, with no real clear algorithm pattern. With many speculating that the update looks more like a bug or a bad algorithm test, page one rankings for many authoritative and successful websites seem to have tanked.
What really happened?
While Google later confirmed it was a bug and it has mostly been resolved, many are wondering what exactly happened on the 10th of August 2020. And here's what went down...
According to John Mueller from Google, he posted this on twitter:
"I don't have all the details yet, but it seems like this was a glitch on our side and has been fixed in the meantime."
While Google SERP seems to be working normally now, as it should, they are still currently investigating what the bug was that caused all this confusion. Google released several updates each year to their SERP algorithm. Each time Google updates its algorithm, it’s moving a step forward in making the search experience easy and more relevant to the users.
These changes may directly or indirectly affect your website's SEO ranking. Therefore, website and business owners will want to find out about these Google algorithm updates as soon as they can and update their website(s) accordingly.
Considering the 10th August update was not intentional, and that Google's algorithm is back to normal, you can now relax because you don't have to modify your SEO optimisation from this update. However, this serves as a lesson to constantly stay relevant with the most updated information in order for your website to gain (or maintain) a stronger digital presence.