Google's 2024 Update: Key Takeaways for Online Reputation Management

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Mar 8, 2024 9:58:01 AM

Google introduced a significant update in March 2024 to help combat spam and improve search results. This update will be known as the "March 2024 spam update."

In addition, Google has implemented a new system for promoting helpful content, which will now be a key ranking criterion.

Since 2022, Google has been working on ensuring that search results include content for people by people. This includes suppressing unhelpful or copied content, and this effort will continue with the upcoming March 2024 update.

Elizabeth Tucker, a top executive at Google, shared, "We aim to lower the visibility of poor content on search results and boost high-quality websites. We believe these changes, along with our past actions, will cut down on unwanted content in search results by 40%." This move is part of Google's ongoing effort to ensure users find valuable and original information online.

Google spam policy

New Spam Policies

Google is tightening its rules against spam, mainly targeting low-quality content that aims to manipulate its way into higher search rankings. To prevent such spam, Google employs a system called SpamBrain.

Google has implemented new measures to combat "low-quality content." While Google's algorithm is already designed to prevent low-quality content from ranking high in search results, it is now taking action against several tactics that some SEOs use to manipulate results.

These tactics include using automated content generated at scale (which often lacks usefulness) and purchasing expired "trusted" domains to promote products that Google considers undesirable (such as Payday loans and casino-related products).

Google has announced that it will penalize content that manipulates a site's reputation to gain high rankings for unhelpful content.

For instance, if a payday loan company publishes on a reputable educational website to rank high in search results, it will be penalized. This development has been around for a while, as Google has always fought spam. 

Addressing Domain Abuse

Expired domain abuse refers to purchasing recently expired domains to leverage their established SEO value for a new site's gain. This technique often involves repurposing domains with historical authority and backlinks to boost the ranking of unrelated content, misleading both users and search engines. 

Scaled content abuse, on the other hand, involves the mass production of content, often autogenerated, that lacks depth, originality, and relevance.

This type of content is thought to game the system, aiming to manipulate search rankings rather than provide genuine value to users.

Building and maintaining a domain's reputation now requires a commitment to quality at every level. From the curation of content to the strategic use of backlinks, every aspect of a website must be oriented toward providing value and enhancing the user experience. 

Site Reputation and Ranking Signals

Google's March 2024 core algorithm update targets suppressing misinformation published on trusted sources. This is known as site reputation manipulation. Or "Parasite SEO."

With a pronounced emphasis on the E-E-A-T (Experience, Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness) framework, this update signals a shift towards valuing the credibility and reliability of online content. 

  1. Experience speaks to the practical knowledge or skill that content creators or brands bring to a topic. 
  2. Expertise requires a level of formal or self-taught mastery in specific subjects, demonstrating that the information is accurate and insightful. 
  3. Authoritativeness is the recognition by peers and readers alike that the creator or site is a go-to source for reliable information. 
  4. Trustworthiness underscores the site's integrity and content, ensuring a foundation of trust with the audience.

Google ranking factors

Key Takeaways for Adapting to the Update

To navigate the challenges posed by Google's March 2024 core algorithm update, businesses should:

  • Audit their website to remove any unhelpful or spammy content.
  • Focus on creating high-quality, E-E-A-T-compliant content that serves real user needs. (Quality over quantity)
  • Ensure technical SEO aspects, like mobile responsiveness and site speed, are optimized.
  • Avoid using deceptive practices to try to rank high quickly.

Do Backlinks Still Matter?

Yes, but not as much. Google's update de-emphasized the importance of links in their ranking factors. 

do backlinks still matter

Google's spam update aims to penalize content generated for manipulated links. This includes low-quality content published on PBNs (Public Blog Networks) or websites set up to sell backlinks. 


Google's March 2024 spam update will bring about major changes in the SEO industry. If you find your rankings start to drop, prioritize quality content, user experience, and ethical SEO practices. Businesses must adjust to these changes to maintain their online reputation and take advantage of new opportunities for visibility and engagement.

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