Google’s algorithms are a complex system used to retrieve data from its search index and instantly deliver the best possible results for a query. The search engine uses a combination of algorithms and numerous ranking signals to deliver webpages ranked by relevance on its search engine results pages (SERPs).

In its early years, Google only made a handful of updates to its algorithms. Now, Google makes thousands of changes every year.

Most of these updates are so slight that they go completely unnoticed. However, on occasion, the search engine rolls out major algorithmic updates that significantly impact the SERPs

Below we have compiled a full list of Google algorithm launches, updates, and refreshes that have rolled out over the years, as well as links to resources for SEO professionals who want to understand each of these changes.

– Herbert Bayard Swope

What is a Google algorithm for SEO? As mentioned previously, the Google algorithm partially uses keywords to determine page rankings. The best way to rank for specific keywords is by doing SEOSEO essentially is a way to tell Google that a website or web page is about a particular topic.

Google algorithm for SEO?

If you keep up with Internet marketing, or even just regularly look online for information, you’ve probably heard of Google algorithms. But have you ever wondered what they are, exactly?

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In order to understand what a Google algorithm is, let’s first look at what algorithms in general are. The standard definition is: a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps. 

In the language of computers, an algorithm sets the stage for the computer to perform a very specific task. For instance, the computer may be programmed to randomly come up with a number between 1 and 100. This is a task that has a set beginning point and end point. Thus, it is finite.

Another way of looking at an algorithm is to think of it as a mathematical equation. You could be asked to count backwards by 4s from 100 to 80. You would then say, “100, 96, 92, 88, 84, 80.” On paper, you might be expected to show in a column how you achieved each answer by subtracting the number 4. Though this is a simplistic look at an algorithm, it will help in understanding more complex versions.



Comments (3)

  1. Pablo Villalpando
    May 24, 2019

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    • Pablo Villalpando
      July 15, 2019

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  2. Pablo Villalpando
    August 12, 2019

    It also gives you insights on your market’s behavior such as location, times of activity, frequency of searches, technologies used, product preferences, etc.

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