The worst nightmare for most businesses is that customers can't find them and in the online world this is no different. Google update their search algorithms (or formulas) over 500 times per year, with each update designed to ensure that their customers (those searching on Google) are shown the best, most accurate search results to a query.
While most of these algorithm updates go unnoticed, occasionally, Google will release an update that has a significant impact on how a website is shown within its results. If Google finds that your website (or rather website managers or SEOs) have tried to manipulate the ranking of your website by creating spammy content or unnatural backlinks, they have the ability to de-list your website from its search results. As you can imagine, this can have a significant impact on a business, especially if all organic is suddenly removed.
Thankfully, this does not need to be a permanent situation and skilled SEO specialists have the ability to remove any blacklisting using a clearly defined process.
But should we just aim to survive? Are there new opportunities that can help re-shape our businesses (for the better)?
Our new book: Business Survival in 2020: Fighting the Impact of COVID-19 aims to not only help businesses that need support but to also provide tips, tactics and recommendations to help businesses to identify and nurture new opportunities.