Yesterday, the SEO community noticed large fluctuations and changes in the Google search results. In addition, many of the automated Google tracking tools, such as Mozcast all suggested a major Google algorithm update has touched down.
We asked Google about this and the company told us that, “as usual,” it is “continuing to make tweaks” to the search results but at this time, it has no “specific “update” to announce.” Google also confirmed that whatever the community and the tools spotted, it was unrelated to the Google Panda Update or the Google Penguin update.
Some suspected it might be related to the mass mobile warnings being sent out earlier in January about non-mobile-friendly websites. But based on my research, whatever happened yesterday was unrelated to mobile-specific sites.
It is unclear right now what this “tweak” was, if anything. But Google has said, again, it was not related to Penguin or Panda.