• All website traffic and rankings will be affected by Google’s new August 2023 Core Update, which is fully rolled out now.
  • This is the second Core update of this year since the last one took place in March, along with two smaller review updates in February and April.
  • With the August 2023 Core Update, Google has updated its Search Central documentation to index CSV files.

Webmasters, it’s time to get your SEO strategy reworked again since Google Search Central has finally finished rolling out its August 2023 Core Update. According to the Google Search Status dashboard, it took Google approximately 16 days and three hours to complete the rollout process.

The last Google Core update was rolled out in March 2023, with mini updates in February and April 2023. The last update focused on the importance of product reviews and how they integrated the EEAT (Experience, Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness) quality system for ranking review posts.

This time apart from several minor Google algorithm changes, they have now enabled CSV files to appear in search results as well. This indexing of CSV files will be a game-changer for many websites.

However, Google already used to do so, although they previously incorporated CSV file data as structured data for enhancing search results.

However, the use of CSV file tubular data goes way back in 2018. This is what the original documentation said:

“Datasets are easier to find when you provide supporting information such as their name, description, creator, and distribution formats are provided as structured data…

Here are some examples of what can qualify as a dataset:

  • A table or a CSV file with some data
  • An organized collection of tables
  • A file in a proprietary format that contains data
  • A collection of files that together constitute some meaningful dataset
  • A structured object with data in some other format that you might want to load into a special tool for processing
  • Images capturing data
  • Files relating to machine learning, such as trained parameters or neural network structure definitions
  • Anything that looks like a dataset to you.”

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Debamalya Mukherjee

Debamalya is a professional content writer from Kolkata, India. Constantly improving himself in this industry for more than four years, he has amassed immense knowledge regarding his niches of writing tech and gaming articles. He loves spending time with his cats, along with playing every new PC action game as soon as possible.

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