On May 1st, Semrush’s overall sensor tool that tracks ranking and traffic flux was measured as very high (around an 8.1 on the scale).
In addition, there have been major discussions on the forums, with everything from people receiving traffic to people not receiving as much traffic.
We kept watching the forums as well as other potential signals. The problem is that there is some confusion as to what’s happening in this regard, because the tools do not align with the forums on these types of discussions.
May 1st arrived and then we saw a real impact in terms of a possible update in Semrush’s tracking tool:
Chatter was on the rise, and appeared to get significantly higher. It has been strange to even see something like this in the week prior to an update.
However, something like this is very different in that most major algorithm updates and core updates have been confirmed by Google when they feel the need to confirm as such.
Most major core updates have typically always been confirmed by Google. And we have no reason to suspect that they won’t be confirmed again.
Indeed, the forum discussions are quite strange as well.
SEO Forum Discussions Surrounding the May 1st Google Algorithm Update
What’s Going on With the May 1st Algorithm Update?
We don’t know. And it remains to be seen.
However, we will continue to watch and report on any additional developments as they take place.