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March 2024 Spam Update

Search ranking algorithm update

Updated on:

June 26, 2024


by Momentic

Google has made a noteworthy improvement to their automated systems that detect search spam. This is the first search spam update since October 2023.

Current status of the ranking update

  • Status:

    Rollout complete!

    Rollout in progress!

  • Announced by Google:

    March 5, 2024

  • Update started:

    March 5, 2024

  • Update completed:

    March 20, 2024

    Rollout in progress!

Momentic analysis and first look

Below you'll get tips on what to look for, how to respond on your website, and helpful resources to improve your website's SEO and UX as it relates specifically to this Google update.

Along with this spam update, Google published 3 new spam policies: expired domain abuse, scaled content abuse, and site reputation abuse. Website owners should review these new spam policies and make updates if needed.

Types of websites affected

Sites that violate Google’s spam policies may drop in rankings or not rank at all.

What to look for

Significant ranking and visibility changes on Google Search

What to address

Review Google’s spam policies and make sure you’re in compliance.