Google Ranking Bug: Sites Go MIA Every Saturday and Reappear on Monday
Troubling pattern has emerged where sites with certain generic top-level domains (like .media and .club) completely drop out of Google’s search results over the weekend making them unable to even rank for their own domain names.
“Google Weekend Ranking Bug” was first reported in November 2023 but has escalated dramatically in January 2024.
Prevailing theory is an algorithm bug now intermittently and erroneously devaluing sites with keyword-focussed TLDs.
Reminiscent of “legacy penalties” where low-quality sites got stuck in ranking looks – but this weekend bug affects TLDs with no known history of violations.
Do you have sites taking a hiatus for the weekend?