Top 11 Confirmed Google SEO Algorithm Update in 2021

The year 2021 was a roller coaster year for most online businesses.

If we talk about the SEO industry performance in 2021 there were also up and down situations.

Most of the good website’s ranking dropped in Google SERP after December 2020 core update. These websites have seen some improvement at the starting of May 2021.

Why did this happen?

This is due to different Google SEO algorithms updates from 2020 to 2021.

Today, I am going to share with you the top 11 confirmed Google SEO algorithms updates of 2021 that vanish the sleep of most SEO experts and website owners.

Let’s list out those 11 confirmed Google SEO algorithms update.


Starting with

#1 Passage Indexing (US/EN) on February 10, 2021

This Google SEO algorithms update was released at starting of February 2021. This passage indexing update was applied to all EN-US language search results.
Under this update, Google shows specific lines and para of the website landing page where the user query answer exists.

For example, If I search for ” how can a space rocket propel itself forward”

then Google search results will show a snippet from the website landing page as shown below in the image.


Yellow or Pink color marked lines or para.

This was one of the most interesting Google SEO algorithms updates in 2021.

The next update was…

#2 Featured Snippet Drop on February 19, 2021

Google engineers continuously experiment on Google SERPs.
So this time they removed featured snippets type results for some weeks. This Google SEO algorithm update was confirmed on February 19, 2021.
This update shook most of the website traffic positively and negatively.
This was an experiment after so many gossips in the SEO community on ZERO CLICK SEARCH RESULTS{This is my view}.

The next update was to recover the Featured snippet.

#3 Featured Snippet Recovery on March 12, 2021

You can understand by name of the update that this Google SEO algorithm update for recovering the featured snippet results on Google SERP.

The next update was.

#4 Product Reviews Update on April 8, 2021

This update was for affiliate website owners who like to add product reviews to their blogs and websites. Google team confirmed this update on April 8, 2021. After this update, most of the affiliates’ websites affected that consist of thin content reviews or misleading reviews.

After that…

#5 June 2021 Core Update on June 2, 2021

This was the starting of the core Google SEO algorithms update.
After this update, some of the website owners who lost most of the organic traffic started getting improvement in the website traffic.


#6 Spam Update on June 23, 2021

This Google SEO algorithm update was a big blow to website owners who are backed with spammy links and content on their websites.
This initiative by Google search engineers was to make sure unique and the user-friendly content website appears in the top search results.

#7 Page Experience Update on June 25, 2021

One of the most awaited Google SEO algorithms updates was the page experience update. After that most of the fastest website owners got a ranking boost. Those websites that fulfilled the good core web vitals score appear at the top search results.

#8 July 2021 Core Update on July 1st, 2021

Another CORE update by Google search engineers to improve the user experience on the Google search results.

#9 July 2021 Link Spam Update on July 28, 2021

This link SPAM update was depressing for some website owners who suddenly created 100s of spammy links in a month. Also, the website with thin content pages links gets affected after this update.

#10 Page Title Rewrites Update on August 16, 2021

One of the most interesting Google SEO algorithms update was the PAGE TITLE REWRITES update. In this update, Google engineers confirmed that they are going to decide or choose the TITLE & DESCRIPTION of the landing page for search results. Earlier Google bots preferred HTML tags to show TITLE & DESCRIPTION.
After that Google engineers also confirmed that they will also give priority to HTML tags.

This update was for basically optimizing the search results with limited characters.

#11 November 2021 Spam Update on November 3, 2021

Another SPAM update to improve the Google search results.
This spam-fighting update was to demote the websites with spammy content and links. In this 2021 year,

3 SPAM update was confirmed and rolled out.

11 top confirmed Google SEO algorithms update in 2021 infographic

What next for 2022 and coming years for Google SEO?

According to my views, Google will promote websites that

  • Post consistent unique and detailed content.
  • Faster web pages (Core web vitals )
  • Mobile-friendly pages.
  • User-friendly experience (font, color, click, etc..)
  • High Click-through rate on titles and descriptions
  • Authoritative natural backlinks with branding

How many Google SEO CORE Algorithm updates in 2021?

  • Total Core Update=2
  • Total Spam Update= 3

Google will release more updates fighting SPAM on search results. So you make sure to not take shortcuts in launching your website or blog online.


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