Last week Google updated their core search algorithm, as mentioned on searchengineland.com Google mentioned,” This is not a Panda update. As you know, we’re always making improvements to our search algorithms and the web is constantly evolving. We’re going to continue to work on improvements across the board.” Google also mentioned it is not related to Penguin, SSL or other named algorithm.
Marcus Tober from SearchMetrics performed a deeper analysis of this update and based on their dataset and noticed this update may have been associated to news and related content. This data showed that new worthy content received a boost. Marcus then noticed a boost in search ranking on Google on a few major news publications.
Google has yet to comment on last week’s update.