Google's algorithm updates appear to work at doing what they were designed for - namely, reducing traffic to piracy websites. That assertion is based on an analysis of year-over-year data conducted by TorrentFreak, alongside piracy tracking company MUSO. According to their report, MUSO and TorrentFreak say between December 2019 and November 2020, pirate sites experienced a drop in numbers that equated to a third of their total figures.
- Search traffic to pirate sites hit a downward trend in January of last year and went into freefall in May 2020 after a brief spike when the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.
- Google launched a core update on January 13th, 2020, with another being released on May 4th, 2020.
- May's core update had the most profound effect, seeing a 20% reduction in search traffic within the month.
|"To confirm our findings, we spoke to the operator of one of the largest torrent sites, who prefers to remain anonymous. Without sharing our findings, he reported a 35% decline in Google traffic over the past year, which is in line with MUSO's data."|