Google confirmed Wednesday on Twitter that it released a “broad core algorithm update” this week. This was after the search community noticed shifts in rankings and traffic earlier this morning. Google will release several algorithm updates per year that it may confirm, while many others are not confirmed or recognized by Google.
Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest. The project, code-named Dragonfly, has been underway since spring of last year, and accelerated following a December 2017 meeting between Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, according to internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans.
Danny Sullivan who is now working within Google search has responded to an SEO who has sent several complaints to Google over competitors outranking him for his own content. Danny Sullivan and him went back and forth, with Danny explaining to him that his complaint was reviewed but Danny was advising him the way he submitted the complaint was not the best.