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Google May 2022 Broad Core Algorithm Update

Google May 2022 Broad Core Algorithm Update

Google May 2022 Broad Core Algorithm Update

Google’s May 2022 core update is now just about 13 days in, we expect Google to say the update is now rolling out eventually in the coming 72 hours or so. But till also, it does seem like the temblors have continued, with big harpoons on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

I was offline from Friday evening through late last night, so I’m still playing catch up. But from what I can tell, there were some big temblors in the Google Search results on Sunday, June 5th. The SEO chatter and the Google tracking tools both picked up on it. This seems to be the tail-end of this May 2022 core update.

Google May 2022 Broad Core Update Quick Facts

As a reminder, here are the quick facts that we know about this core update

Name : Google May 2022 Broad Core Update
Launched : May 25, 2022 at around 1130 pm ET
Rollout : It’ll take about one to two weeks to roll out
Targets :  It looks at all types of content
Penalty : It isn’t a penalty, it promotes or rewards great web pages
Global : This is a global update impacting all regions, in all languages.
Impact : Google would not tell me what percentage of queries or searches were impacted by this update.
Discover : Core updates impact Google Discover and other features, also feature snippets and more.
Recover : If you were hit by this, then you’ll need to look at your content and see if you can do better with Google’s core update advice.
Refreshes : Google will do periodic refreshes to this algorithm but may not communicate those updates in the future. Maybe this is what we saw the past couple of weeks or all those unconfirmed Google updates.
We posted a lot of the stories from some SEOs about this core update over here. The comments on all these posts are tremendous, so check them out when you have time.

Google Tracking Tools Show Spike June 5th

Here’s what we’re seeing from the tools


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So you can see, most, not all, of the tools picked up a lot of volatility on or around June 5th which is normal- we normally see tremors after a core update rolls out.

SEO Chatter Spikes

June 5th

The folks at WebmasterWorld have been chattering a lot since the core update has been released. But there was a spike in that chatter about change around June 5th, starting as early as June 4th. Normally the SEO chatter comes before the tools pick up on the changes. Here’s what we see with the chatter

Google confirms a broad core algorithm update, called the May 2022 core update, is rolling out today.







Core updates are designed to make search results more relevant for users. Though the update is launching today, it’ll take 1- 2 weeks for this update to fully roll out.

Danny Sullivan, Google’s Public Liaison for Search, notes that changes to site performance in search results are to be expected.

When a core update rolls out, Google is known for pointing to the same guidance it published in 2019.

Nothing has changed there, as Google references the same document with respect to this update.

To add it up, Google’s general advice regarding core updates is as follows

Expect widely conspicuous effects, similar to spikes or drops in search rankings.

  1. Core updates are “ broad ” in the sense that they don’t target anything specific. Rather, they’re designed to improve Google’s systems overall.
  2. Pages that drop rankings aren’t being penalized; they’re being reassessed against other web content published since the last update.
  3. Focusing on providing the best possible content is the top recommended way to deal with the impact of a core algorithm update.
  4. Broad core updates happen every few months. Sites might not recover from one update until the next one rolls out.
  5. Improvements don’t guarantee recovery. still, choosing not to implement any improvements will virtually guarantee no recovery.
  6. It has been six months since the last Google core update, which rolled out in November 2021.

Those who have been working hard on their site during that time may start to see some noticeable improvements to search rankings.
On the other hand, those who have left their sites sit idle may begin to see themselves overbalanced by sites with more relevant content.

It’s too early to start assessing the impact, however, as this update will take a week or longer to roll out.
Your rankings may change during that time, so don’t be scared if you notice changes right away.

Google will confirm when the update is finished rolling out, then it will be time to start doing your analysis.

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