SEO Update & Tips May 13th

The latest on the May 2020 core update

This update is shaping up to be a very large one. Initially, when Google announced that they were pushing out a core update, we hoped that the primary reason for an update would be to protect searchers so that they would be less likely to surface dangerous advice surrounding COVID-19 and the struggling economy.

Here are some other articles on this update from across the web. These two posts share the early winners and losers of the update.

https://www.sistrix.com/blog/google-core-update-may-2020-whirlwind-through-the-serps-despite-covid-19/

https://www.pathinteractive.com/blog/seo/550-winners-and-losers-of-googles-may-2020-core-algorithm-update

SEO Tips

Robots.txt isn’t a hint, it’s always obeyed

A firm reminder from Gary Illyes that robots.txt is not a hint, and to stop thinking of it that way. Directives such as user-agent, allow and disallow are always obeyed by Google.