Google Fixes the Weekend Search Fluctuation Bug Affecting Limited Websites
Google has addressed a bug that was affecting the ranking of a specific group of niche websites during weekends. This issue primarily impacted websites on atypical top-level domains (TLDs) and has now been resolved, ensuring steadier search rankings going forward.
Google recently confirmed that it has rectified a search ranking bug that previously impacted a “small number of websites”. The bug was causing temporary fluctuations in search results over the weekends. It was characterized as a “very narrow issue” and only affected websites running on unconventional vanity top-level domains (TLDs) like .club, .consulting, .life and others.
A Google representative informed Search Engine Land that the bug has been successfully fixed and it should no longer cause ranking fluctuations for the affected websites. The spokesperson elaborated by saying, “We’re aware of a very narrow issue that caused temporary fluctuations in search results for a small number of websites. The issue has since been resolved, and the sites should no longer be seeing its effects.”
The Error Explained
The bug seemed to cause websites running on certain non-standard TLDs to cease ranking on Google Search during the weekends, only to regain their positions during weekdays, resulting in an unusual fluctuation. This issue was first brought to light by Tomasz Rudzki from ZipTie, who observed that “on weekends, something strange kept happening – the website would completely lose rankings and traffic. People couldn’t even find it when they searched for it by its name.”
Their observations led Rudzki to list out specific examples, noting that “9 out of 9 examples were non-standard TLDs, such as, .consultancy (example.consultancy), .care (example.care), .club, .info, .energy.”
Impact and Conclusion
This issue began to emerge around November 2023, and after a couple of months, Google managed to resolve it. Consequently, websites running on non-standard TLDs experiencing ranking inconsistencies over the weekends should no longer face this issue, as observed over the past couple of weeks.
In conclusion, Google’s quick action in resolving this search ranking bug ensures a more reliable search experience for users, improving access to a diverse range of websites across multiple unusual TLDs.
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