When is a bug not a bug? When it is a feature!

Google has just updated their data anomalies page to clarify that the earlier reported bug that had affected the average position metric, was not a bug after all.

So it turns out, the bug was, in fact, an incremental improvement in their logging system.  In Google’s words:

An incremental improvement in Google’s logging system now provides better accounting for results in lower positions. This change might cause increase in impressions, but also a decrease in average positions. This change only effects [sic] Search Console reporting, not your actual performance on Google Search.

No actual ranking changes have happened to the average position metric, just the way the Google accounts for the positions.

Phew