Google Search Algorithm Ranking Shuffling On October 4th

The Google search results don’t seem to be settling down at all, at least not over the past five weeks or so. I am seeing more chatter and signals that there was another search ranking algorithm update, probably a smaller one, yesterday. Many of the automated tools are showing signs and I am also seeing some chatter.

Some are suggesting this may be a tweak to the Google Birthday Update from September 27th. As I said, the past five weeks or so were pretty active, here is our coverage of just Google updates over the past five weeks or so:

October 2018 Google Webmaster Report reported on October 4, 2018
This Is What Google Is Saying About The Google September Updates reported on October 3, 2018
Google Birthday Update: Google Confirms Small Algorithm Update reported on September 27th reported on September 30, 2018
Google Search Algorithm Update reported on September 27th reported on September 28, 2018
Google Images Algorithm Now Uses Page Authority & Image Placement reported on A Page reported on September 26, 2018
Google Search Algorithm Shifts Around September 19th? reported on September 21, 2018
Google Algorithm Update reported on September 11th reported on September 12, 2018
Google Search Ranking Update Brewing? Early Signs Of Algorithm Shifts. reported on September 6, 2018
September 2018 Google Webmaster Report reported on September 3, 2018
Google Search Algorithm Update Starting reported on August 22 reported on August 24, 2018

The ongoing WebmasterWorld has some chatter spiking back up again. Here are some of the comments:

And .. the last Sept27 update rolled back .. or some tweaks happened .

We are seeing results back to pre- September 27 data set this morning also. Odd.

Looks like the SERP sensors are up again…

Anyone seeing any movement?

Here are some tweets directed at me:

Oct 3rd – I am seeing huge spike around 30% of increase from Organic traffic .. is there any suspected update after google birthday update or on-going update @JohnMu @googlewmc @dannysullivan @rustybrick

— Raman⚡ (@RrRatan) October 5, 2018

Here are some charts from Glenn Gabe:

Some data from SISTRIX:

Here are the tracking tools:

Mozcast:

SERPMetrics:

Algoroo:

Advanced Web Rankings:

Accuranker:

RankRanger:

SEMRush:

So it seems somewhat small, it may be a small tweak to the last update or it may be just a hiccup? What do you all think?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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