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All good things must come to an end 🪦 but your content will live on with Google.

How Content “Freshness” Applies to Your Google Rankings

We’re taking it back to 2017.  Google’s Freshness Update that year included a significant algorithm update that introduced time as a relevance indicator. It caused some confusion for marketers, many of whom misunderstood the update to prioritize recent publication dates in raking results.

3 types of queries that “Freshness” algorithms apply to:

  • Recent events
  • Regularly recurring events
  • Frequently updated topics

Freshness vs. Frequency:

With that third query in mind, Google doesn’t directly care how frequently you post or if you keep changing the date of a post. That matters more for search parameters from a user directly. Google cares about the relevancy of that topic.

So frequency is the rate at which you publish content, while freshness is directed towards the date a page was originally published. Google understands people want to know the latest trends, not outdated ones.

The Freshness Ranking Combination

So in an attempt to match the results to fit the user’s intent, they will take into account:

  • the original publishing date + the possibly changed date
  • “Significant” content changes

If you do not have both factors on a page, Google may skip over it in SERPs.

Wanna see direct examples of this at work? Check out the full Search Engine Journal post for details and direct sources from Google.

Q for You

Would you say your site's content is fresh 😎?


Sourcing new, fresh ideas? If you want to organize your ideas from bits and pieces you find on the internet, sticky notes, and bookmarks, try Diigo. It’s a “social bookmarking” browser extension that lets you tag and save online resources like webpages, and then highlight and add notes to the sections that inspire you. Plus, it makes those notes and pages easily sharable with others.

A Successful Slumber Party

We live in a fast-paced, over-booked world, between work, families, friends, and alone time.  Sometimes fitting it all in means sacrificing sleep. In reality, the real secret to a successful day comes from a successful night before.

Purple mattresses are here to change that bad habit. The company released an “Overnight Success” campaign that’s meant to make a statement about the correlation between sleep and success in your professional life and personal health. 


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