2013 has proved to be an extremely turbulent year for search engine optimization professionals. Google has made more significant search algorithm changes in 2013 than at any other time in its 15-year history. Last month (September 2013) Google announced that it had not only updated its search algorithm, but also completely revamped it. The official word from Google is that this new algorithm, called Hummingbird, is already affecting 90 percent of searches.
Google continually makes changes to its algorithm in an effort to serve up the most relevant and useful webpages based on the query. The new search algorithm is just the next natural step in its evolutionary process — a way of adapting to changing behaviors, as users become more mobile and users voice search more often.