Google Algorithm Updates - Latest News & History



Throughout the year Google is constantly making updates to their algorithms, and that causes rank fluctuations in the search results. So far In 2019, Google has already rolled out several confirmed core algorithm updates.

Below you’ll find an up-to-date summary of the confirmed and unconfirmed updates with additional resources and links to help you better understand the nature and impact of these changes.

More resources: Rank Risk Index | Google SERP Features | Visual SERP Feature Guide

2022 - Google Updates

Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
January 2022

January 22nd Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
January 22, 2022

On January 22nd the Rank Risk Index reported high rank fluctuations on both desktop and mobile. The fluctuations peaked substantially the next day and fluctuations returned to normal on January 24th.

On January 23rd, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
January 2022

January 14th and 15th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
January 15, 2022

On January 14th the Rank Risk Index reported moderate levels of rank fluctuations which were followed by a massive spike in fluctuations the next day on both mobile and desktop. The fluctuations returned to moderate levels on January 16th and died down the next day.

On January 17th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported moderate amounts of industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
January 2022

January 12th Unconfirmed Update

Unconfirmed Update
January 12, 2022

On January 12th the Rank Risk Index reported moderate rank fluctuations primarily on desktop. The fluctuations returned to normal the next day.

On January 12th, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported on industry chatter.

2021 - Google Updates

Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
December 2021

December 2021 Product Reviews Update

Confirmed Update
December 02, 2021

On December 1st, Google announced on the official blog that the December 2021 Product Review update had begun rolling out.

The Rank Risk Index showed a spike in SERP fluctuations on both desktop and mobile on December 2nd. High levels of fluctuations continued to December 7th and returned to normal on December 8th.

On December 5th Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable reported about the high levels of fluctuations as well as industry chatter.
Rank Risk Index - Desktop Version
November 2021