Google has released yet another update, called the “Google October 2022 Spam Update.” It started to roll out on October 19, 2022, at around 11 am EST, and was completed within 48 hours. The update finished rolling out on October 21, 2022, at around 5 AM ET.
It was not announced anywhere are Google quietly updated the search updates page adding the newly released October 2022 Spam update. This update is global and will affect websites in all languages. The roll-out was complete as of October 21, 2022.”
Google’s Information About Spam Update
A lot of users and websites were hit with updates, so they reached out to Google on social media, asking for more information about the Spam Update. Here’s what Google had to say about the Google Spam Update in October 2022.
“While Google’s automated systems to detect search spam are constantly operating, we occasionally make notable improvements to how they work. When we do, we refer to this as a spam update and share when they happen on our list of Google Search ranking updates. For example, SpamBrain is our AI-based spam-prevention system. From time-to-time, we improve that system to make it better at spotting spam and to help ensure it catches new types of spam. Sites that see a change after a spam update should review our spam policies to ensure they are complying with those. Sites that violate our policies may rank lower in results or not appear in results at all. Making changes may help a site improve if our automated systems learn over a period of months that the site complies with our spam policies.”
What You Should Know About the Update
If you feel a sudden drop in ranking and traffic in your website’s organic Google Search results, then chances are that you’ve been hit with the Spam Update. Spam updates is targeting violations of Google’s spam guidelines. This spam update is coming after one year after the previous spam update. Check your website carefully and see if you’re in violation of any of Google’s spam guidelines.
You can read the Google Spam Guidelines here.