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Google Confirms Update To Local Search Results

Google confirms changes to the local search algorithm recently rolled out, which it's calling the November 2021 local search update.

Google Confirms Update To Local Search Results

Google confirms an algorithm update began rolling out to local search results at the end of November and concluded on December 8.

This update involved a “rebalancing” of ranking factors Google considers when generating local search results.

This update is officially being referred to as the November 2021 local search update, although the changes likely wouldn’t have been felt until the first week of December.

Google’s guidance regarding this update is to continue following local SEO best practices, which are linked to in the tweet embedded above.

Keep in mind the weight of each ranking factor listed in Google’s help guide has been rebalanced.

The ranking factors for Google’s local search results are:

  • Relevance: how well a local Business Profile matches what someone is searching for.
  • Distance: how far each potential search result is from the location term used in a search.
  • Prominence: how well known a business is

Google never gives exact details regarding the weight of each ranking factor. So perhaps the best way to respond to this update is to rebalance your efforts.

For example, if you were focused more on optimizing for relevance by beefing up your Google Business Profile with information, maybe now is the time to focus more on the prominence of your business

November was an eventful month in SEO, with a number of Google algorithm shakeups.

However, it should be fairly easy to determine if you were impacted by the November 2021 local search update specifically.

A local search update would only impact the ranking of your Google Business Profile in the local pack.

If the ranking of your business profile is unchanged, then chances are good you haven’t been adversely impacted by this update.


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