Not many days before, Google has released a new algorithm update and it has taken world of SEO by storm. It has been funnily named as “FRED” by them, some love it and some hate it. Whatever, it is going to be there for long. It has made rankings of many websites to drop drastically. One thing was common between adversely affected websites- a low quality link profile. Fred seems to relate the quality of a website, in accordance with the sites linking back to it. While a strong link profile has high domain authority back links, low quality backlink sites are being seriously hit by this new algorithm.
IMPLICATIONS OF THE RECENT GOOGLE UPDATE
Google does not boast about the regular changes, a subtle acceptance of some big change by Google has bought a sudden fluctuation in rankings of many sites and web pages. SEO companies are witnessing high tides in the ocean of Google rankings. It will be early to comment on the long term implications of this latest update of Google, it can be surely said that it is targeting the black hat SEO stuff in order to remove web spam. It indicates negative impact on the raking of those websites that are linked to spammy sites. And of course it is a good news and will up the ranking of those with high quality domain links. Your sight might rise in Google rankings soon.
A quick analysis being run on thousands of websites ( with wide variety of domains, keywords, sizes and types of businesses) revealed extreme fluctuations. The websites that were top 10 are nowhere in the top 100 and it is true the other way round too, sites are moving up 50 places and gaining far better positions.
IS YOUR SITE AFFECTED?
You can check whether this update has affected rankings of your website, with the help of page tracking. If page trackers are not in place, consider setting them now onwards.
WAYS OF SURVIVING FRED UPDATE
It will be though too soon to advice the survival tips, but if you want to protect your website from future Google update, stick to the guidelines mentioned below:
Better Quality For Long Term Benefits– quality of backlinks matter the most, don’t go with the big numbers of links.
Avoid Sitewide Do Follow Links– They have been used by many websites but are not dependable for they can sink anytime.
Check The Relevancy Of Each Link– Be cautious to analyze the value of a backlink. Check if a backlink is actually contextual or not.
Anchor Text– Your natural anchor text should comprise of the brand name, naked URLs, generic words and keywords.
Stay away from using automated tools to create backlinks.