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Google May 2020 Core Algorithm Update

The update will be officially known as “May 2020 Core Update”

Google was one step ahead of the SEO community when it comes to naming these changes, as the company is now defaulting to a common method of naming for the month / year.

The May 2020 Core Update is now rolling out.

Second Core Update in 2020:

This is Google’s second verified update so far from 2020, with the first being launched back in January.Feels like a lifetime ago considering how the world has changed between now and then.That said, this effectively answers any questions as to whether Google will pause the core updates in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.The answer is: no. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and I’ll explain why throughout this post.

The Purpose of Core Updates:

Wide core updates are designed to produce widely visible effects in all languages across the search results across all countries.Once a key update rolls out, sites will likely note declines or increases in search rankings.
Changes in search rankings are typically a representation of the relevance of content.

That if content has gained popularity in rankings after the last update it will be pushed higher up. And the opposite is real, too.Then there are newly published content which did not exist at the time of the last update. That all has to be reassessed against already existing content.

Rankings can switch around quite a bit, to put it simply.The May 2020 Core Update has the potential to be especially unpredictable with this being the first update since the pandemic.

First Core Update Since COVID-19:

In the second week of January 2020 the last core update was released.Coronavirus and COVID-19 had barely been on anybody’s radar at the moment. That could not be any farther from the reality now.The environment changed rapidly when coronavirus was declared a pandemic that came with drastic changes in the search behaviour of the users.
Google said earlier today that there have never been so many searches for a single subject as COVID-19 has changed what Google search results require of people.

Also read : Top 5 Tips for Managing Your Successful PPC Campaigns During COVID-19

If it is searching for information about the virus itself, or sites providing remote services, or where to purchase online much-needed products.There are several items gaining relevance that previously weren’t as important to searchers.

Conversely, once highly important groups aren’t being looked for as much.

For starters – travel-related searches, leisure, live entertainment and personal events are all down. To mention only a handful.

Google is facing the daunting challenge of keeping up with how the world is searching with the May 2020 key update.Over time we’ll see if it’s easier for people to find the information they need through Google Search.

Boon to SEO Job Market?

If the May 2020 Core Update ends up being as strong as it holds the ability to be, it may be fantastic for SEOs.It’s no secret that companies are laid off workers in the midst of economic crisis and consumers are pausing for services.Services offered by SEOs are extremely useful at any time an update of the algorithm takes place.

The more unreliable the upgrade will become, the more important such services will become.Which means SEOs can soon find themselves in a position where demand for their work is rising significantly.Will be fascinating to see how many companies suddenly have space in their SEO budget when the May 2020 Core Update is completely rolled out.

May 2020 Core Update: What is to be done:

Google’s guidance on this update remains exactly the same as any major updates in the past.Historically, Google has always said that there is nothing to “fix” if rankings drop after a core update.Instead, site owners are routinely advised to make their content the best it can be.Google’s guidance on how to deal with the effect of a core update has several more meanings.

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Google Adwords Identification Verification!

Google confirmed, that they would begin to allow advertisers to register their user identity and geographic location. The new policy is linked to their 2018 policy update which includes political advertisement identification verification

What is Google Ad?

Google Ads is an online advertising platform developed by Google, where advertisers pay to display brief advertisements, service offerings, product listings, video content, and generate mobile application installs within the Google ad network to web users.

Advertisers Criteria

The program, which will include:
  • Personal identification methods.
  • Business incorporation documents.
  • Possibly other items to verify who they are.
  • Operating geography.

The software will launch in the United States and spread out internationally and will apply to Search, View, and YouTube.Google noted that they think it would take a few years for the entire ad ecosystem to complete the verification. In the phased roll-out, other industries will be given priority and notified accordingly. They will have 30 days to send the verification that is needed after receiving notice. If sent, Google would need about 3-5 to check. Unless the request is not sent within 30 days, the advertisements will be discontinued.

Disclosures would display the advertiser’s a trademark / legal name, and not the company that actually handles the ads. This means that companies that run advertisements on a client’s behalf won’t need to check. Stated Google agencies and Google Partners will, however, be able to apply on behalf of their customers.

What improves in ads for user experience:

Attached to this update, consumers may begin seeing information about the advertiser’s identity on advertisements.

It will appear below the “Why this Ad?” option.

  • The details should include the name of the advertiser, location of the country, and a toggle option to avoid receiving advertising from them.
  • The details will be available in Display through the Ad Choices icon, or the “x” that appears on the banner.
  • The Details will be available on YouTube by clicking on the I icon or the three-dot icon that appears in every ad.
Why Does Google Ads Require Verification:

According to the announcement from Jack Canfield, Director of Product Management, Advertising Integrity, Google is aiming to “provide greater transparency and provide users with more information about who advertises to them.”

“This move will make it easier for people to understand who the advertiser is behind Google’s advertisements that they see and help them make more educated choices while using our advertisement controls. It will also help to improve the digital advertisement ecosystem’s safety by identifying bad actors and restricting their attempts at misrepresentation.”

Top 5 Tips for Managing Your Successful PPC Campaigns During COVID-19
Top 5 Tips for Managing Your Successful PPC Campaigns During COVID-19

The promotional climate changed with COVID-19 spreading practically overnight. We’re now seeing several trade suspension across the U.S. and the world. That will require advertisers in our ever-changing world to be courageous, agile, imaginative and patient. Five tips to help you handle your search campaigns during this pandemic are available here.

PPC Campaigns During COVID-19

1. Proposals for market interest & Advertising

Companies will in many cases move to support different goods or services that have more interest in the current market. Can your product or service be seen as a priority right now or as essential?

The key patterns for pivoting interest props and messaging to remember now are:
  1. Social distancing
  2. Working from home
  3. Homeschooling
  4. Family togetherness
  5. Entertainment / streaming / communications
  6. Essential and medical services

If your product or service can be connected to, or changed to fit in with, one of these regions, switch to a temporary program to support these initiatives. Consider also moving to professional infrastructure or professional consulting, and offering conferences or webinars online. Review the existing strategies to decide if the message still works well and what to add to meet the evolving world, for example:

  • Review and amend copies of CTAs for “Join us in-store.”
  • Display and social advertising responsive images of or touching people in groups.
  • Include information about shipping with free, fast apps, etc.
  • Operating hours, and any change from standard services.
  • Messaging on an answer to the virus from your service.

Any of this messaging can be used in the primary ad copy, but don’t forget to use ad extensions such as site links and call-outs to communicate the details fully. Be sure to explicitly include that on the landing pages.

2. Budgets & Forecasts

Now is a good time to reassess your expenditures and to compare your expenses with spending. You may want to move resources to the more important goods or services during this national emergency. Definitely, you’ll want to change resources to better deliver campaigns to optimize results. Taking the time to analyze budget vs actual expenditures and identify budget nuggets that might not have been used during the year, and apply them and projects that most need it.

Depending on the platform, find settings as lifetime spending or monthly spending caps to invest better speed campaigning rather than daily budgets. That will free up the time for more critical tasks in account management. Smart Bidding provides automatic bidding features in Google and other platforms. This helps the platforms to change CPC bids automatically in real-time to suit the goals of the advertiser. This is an automation feature that can help you be the most agile as the habits of the users shift quickly. Check the re-evaluation of your cumulative CPCs when using certain functions.

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3. Searching Actions

Although people are socially distancing, online study, buy and live the dream will still be underway. Communicate on what practically deliverable services and turn-around times for service delivery. Using ad copy or ad extensions to communicate benefits such as free delivery, fast delivery, pick-up curbside, a drop-off from the porch, etc.

Negative key phrases:

Depending on your business, you’ll possibly see small or major changes activating your ads in search queries. That will need a two-pronged approach:


Check search terms for COVID-19 keywords and content, and show real-time campaign placements.


Anticipating searches that can activate your ads and create negative keyword lists that can be shared and quickly modified across all campaigns.

For example, exclude keywords relating to COVID-19, such as:
  • corona.
  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • virus
  • epidemic
  • pandemic

If you are B2B, find even job/unemployment, vaccination, home education, or any associated market searches.

4. Channels

Individuals staying at home will consume more content including news and videos and will use more networking devices online than ever before. Facebook records a 50 percent rise in messaging, with voice and video on Messenger and WhatsApp more than doubling. With a large percentage of users based on messaging, communities, and live streams, Facebook says many of these features aren’t monetized, and they’re seeing a decline in ad revenues.

Despite this, in fact, many users are returning to Facebook who had previously jettisoned the site over worries about privacy. The drop in sales in many digital ad channels means that advertisers have an opportunity to see less competition and gain market share without increasing their existing budgets. The chance to reach more people at the top of the funnel via PPC and paid social advertising is now in full swing

Opportunities worth pursuing now when people have more material to consume:
  • Using the Google Display Network and Microsoft Audience Network to display ad expansion.
  • YouTube and the choices to put advertisements in images.
  • Pinterest finding goods to purchase for customers.
  • Twitter but with a good awareness of brand image problems resulting from the platform’s negative behavior.

5. Pivot to Regular

Specific bans and prohibitions should be lifted at some stage in whole or in part. Consumers would be able to get outside and re-engage if that happens. It’s yet to be seen if it would be the same as pre-virus. But, planning for any and all future changes is good.

Stay At Home.