Unconfirmed Google Update August 8th 2014

by David Naylor
Bronco - Digital Marketing Agency

It’s seems that Google updated one of it’s many Algorithms over the weekend starting on Friday August 8th, which sent the SEO community in mass discussion “Panda or Penguin”. If I had to choose between those two, I would go mini Panda, but personally I think it was a mini multi pack update. These happen from time to time where Google collect a few different things and update them all at once. We started to see weird HTTPS error logs appearing which in turn led me to this issue :

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The Urls are actually from another site hosted on a shared server with www.beckynaylor.co.uk if you check out the cache in Google : http://bro.gs/laww you can clearly see British Butler Institute is now merged into Becky’s site ( cheers Google ), but it got worse for others. A few people asked me for help regarding Akamai and SSL and again they didn’t have a certificate and were seeing pages merging into their site ( could that be causing dupe content ? ) but in the worst case I have seen was when you did a brand search and clicked on the results you got this screen. Google had swapped out the HTTP for HTTPS in the serps even though the site didn’t have HTTPS and no LINKS pointing to HTTPS :

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Again nothing had changed on their website and I know that Akamai have had this issue for years which makes me feel that this is open to abuse from the NEG Seo guys

We also started to see “Get Updates About” when you were signed into your Google account

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But it didn’t stop there, MOZ saw the first signs of Paid Local results ( at least know why Google Removed the free listings 😉 )

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I also collected my new Volkswagen, but I’m ruling that out of the equation at the moment 😉

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