NOVEMBER '23
CORE UPDATE

Google has initiated the rollout of its November 2023 core update, and the process is anticipated to span a period of approximately two weeks.

This marks the fourth substantial core algorithm update for the year 2023. The inaugural core update for 2023 was the March 2023 core update, commencing on March 15 and concluding by March 28. Following that, the second core update occurred in August 2023, with a commencement date of August 22 and a completion date of September 7. Subsequently, the third core update unfolded in October 2023, launching on October 5 and finalising on October 19.

What's New?
Google has said that it constitutes an enhancement to a different core system compared to the previous month's update. Google has affirmed that its guidelines for core updates apply uniformly across the board.

Google has also announced the impending arrival of a reviews update set to debut in the upcoming week. This update heralds a shift in Google's approach, as they intend to discontinue providing periodic notifications of enhancements to their reviews system due to the upcoming regular and continuous pace of improvements.

Further in-depth insights
The latest core update and the forthcoming reviews update can be seen in this comprehensive Q&A resource.

As for the rapid succession of core updates, Google explains that they manage various systems considered integral to their ranking process. Each core update pertains to an improvement in a specific core system, contributing to the frequency of updates.

Google distinguishes between a ranking update and a ranking system, with the latter being the mechanism used to generate search results. Updates signify improvements made to these ranking systems, ultimately striving for better search results.

Google acknowledges the potential overlap between some updates and aims to segregate notable ones to aid site owners in identifying the specific system involved. However, the sheer volume of updates can occasionally hinder this process. Furthermore, Google emphasises the importance of releasing updates promptly when they are designed to enhance the search experience, even during the holiday season.

Been Affected?
In cases where websites experience negative impacts following a core update, Google advises against taking specific actions for recovery, as these impacts do not necessarily indicate any issues with the pages. Instead, they encourage site owners to contemplate a series of questions provided by Google. While some recovery may be observed between core updates, the most significant changes are expected after the implementation of subsequent core updates.

In Other Algorithm Update Related News...
In addition to the October 2023 core update, Google has introduced several other noteworthy algorithm updates in the recent past. One of these is the October 2023 spam update, aimed at refining the search ecosystem and reducing the prevalence of spammy content. Simultaneously, in September, Google embarked on a 14-day journey to unveil the September 2023 helpful content update, striving to enhance the quality of search results by prioritising valuable and informative content.

Google's commitment to maintaining the integrity of its search engine is further exemplified by its prompt response to issues. Just a few days ago, Google swiftly addressed a bug associated with the core update, which had previously affected Discover traffic. This exemplifies Google's dedication to ensuring the optimal functionality and user experience of its platform.