Google makes thousands of algorithm updates each year – check out these most impactful ones and how they may affect your SEO strategy. Each year, Google Search algorithms are updated thousands of times to ensure the most relevant, reliable results are listed most prominently.

This ongoing commitment to searcher experience and the quality of results has helped Google decrease the number of irrelevant results appearing on a search results page by over 40% over the past five years, the search engine says.

While the vast majority of these updates go unnoticed, every so often one comes along that really rocks the SEO boat.

In this column, we’ll take a look back at the updates that shaped SEO over this past year and how they may impact your plans going forward.

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