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Google November 2023 Core Update

The Google November 2023 Core Update was announced on November 2, 2023, marking it the fourth significant algorithm change of the year, following updates in March, August, and October. Google completed the rollout of this update on November 28, 2023, signalling a duration that was notably longer compared to typical core updates.

Key Insights and Implications

  • Multiple Core Systems: This update targeted improvements to a different core system than the one adjusted in the previous October 2023 update. Google emphasised that their guidance for responding to core updates remains consistent, regardless of the specific system being improved.
  • Review System Update: Shortly after the core update announcement, Google indicated that an update to their reviews system was also forthcoming. This continuous improvement of the reviews system is part of Google’s ongoing efforts to enhance search quality, without the need for periodic notifications.
  • Website Impact: The November 2023 Core Update affected all websites, with an emphasis on monitoring organic traffic trends, ranking flux, content indexation, and the E-E-A-T (Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness) of URLs. Websites experiencing traffic drops were advised to check these aspects and adjust accordingly.
  • Volatility Observations: Analysis of the update pointed to noticeable volatility, especially within Your Money Your Life (YMYL) niches like Health. Some websites experienced significant ranking fluctuations, with a portion of URLs achieving top 20 positions that were not previously ranked as highly. This trend underscores the ongoing evolution of Google’s ranking dynamics.
  • Content and Audience Focus: Despite the complexities introduced by this and concurrent updates, the underlying advice for webmasters remains focused on providing high-quality, audience-centric content. Chasing algorithmic changes without addressing fundamental content quality and user experience is not recommended.


The November 2023 Core Update reflects Google’s continuous effort to refine its search algorithms and enhance the overall quality of search results. While the update introduced significant ranking shifts across various niches, the fundamental guidance for webmasters focusing on high-quality content and a positive user experience remains unchanged.

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