DEFINITION: Google Algorithm
A public update released by Google that consists of a new algorithm that improves search results. Google Algorithms are usually named after animals, some famous updates include: Penguin, Panda, Hummingbird and Pigeon.
A mathematical programmatic system that determines where websites will appear on Google search result pages for any given number of queries. Sometimes also called the “Core” algorithm, though this is a less specific term. Google’s algorithm is constantly updated (approximately 500-600 times a year, or two times per day), which can have varying levels of impact on the rankings of websites across the world. Google’s actual algorithm is kept deliberately secret to prevent webmasters from manipulating the system for rankings, though Google does publically state their suggested “best practices” for appearing higher in search results.
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