Episode Overview: Google wasted no time entering 2020 with a bang, releasing a core algorithm update and updating their Google Shopping Experience within the same week. Join Ben and Searchmetrics CEO Jordan Koene as they review and analyze the immediate impact of Google’s first update of 2020 and offer key advice on how to best strategically react. Summary
The update visibly affected SERPs, refining the ability to select sub-categories and expanding knowledge graphs in the right-hand rail for broad topics. The improvements indicate Google is trying to expand its influence by acquiring more online real estate with their Shopping Experience and upgrade the user experience overall. SEOs and search analysts should focus on ranking data, taking screenshots of SERPs and testing key results and sets. Documenting and saving these records to analyze the history of changes Google makes is paramount to tracking and formulating SEO strategies.