Google Latest Medic Update August 1, 2018: Impact on Health/Medical Sites

I think all WebMaster known about Google’s latest update is frequently come on every year. This is the third time in this year when Google rollout of a broad core algorithm update. Now one of the latest updation is Google Medic update which confirmed via Danny Sullivan’s @searchliaison account.

Google’s Official Statement

The purpose of Google’s official statement was to communicate four insights:

  • This is Confirmation about the algorithm update that happened.
  • Confirmation that this is a major algorithm update.
  • Communicate that the change was to improve how Google matches relevant results to search queries.
  • Sites that lost rankings did not lose rankings because of poor quality.

Here is Google’s official statement:

This week we released a broad core algorithm update, as we do several times per year. Our guidance about such updates remains the same as in March, as we covered here:

— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) August 1, 2018

Google’s Follow-up Statements

Google’s Danny Sullivan followed up with an additional statement to answer a question asking for more specifics.  Danny Sullivan declined to issue specific guidance on what to fix. And really, how could he when Google insists there is nothing to fix?

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#Sullivan’s first follow-up statement:

We tell lots of things to do. Improve site speed. Consider secure. Etc. But that’s not what this update was about. It’s broad. And respectfully, I think telling people there’s no particular thing to “fix” is indeed helpful. It means, hopefully, they think more broadly…

— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) August 1, 2018

#His second:

Want to do better with a broad change? Have great content. Yeah, the same boring answer. But if you want a better idea of what we consider great content, read our raters guidelines. That’s like almost 200 pages of things to consider:

— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) August 1, 2018


To be really clear, it doesn’t work like that. Raters have no direct input into the algorithm. There’s no “rater score” or anything like that about the sample of pages they review.

— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) August 2, 2018


The data helps us understand how updates seem to be performing. It’s like having someone review the food in your restaurant. But they don’t go into the kitchen & make the food. Rater data isn’t a component of the algorithm.

— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) August 2, 2018

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