If you are still having indexing issues with Google, they are unrelated to the previous Google bugs we reported about says Google's John Mueller. Google had two indexing bugs last week with discovering fresh content and then a month ago, had indexing bugs with removing older content from their index. They had more bugs as well - but if you are having issues after Sunday - that is just normal and not a Google bug, Google said.Here is a tweet from John Mueller of Google on that topic: And I spent a lot of time asking John about it in the last Google hangout. Where he said the issue was resolved well before Sunday, they just decided to send out a tweet later to let people know. He said "No it was resolved before Sunday. It was just at some point we're like oh maybe we should actually tell people it's okay." He also said "So if people are still seeing issues then that would not be related to any of the old issues."They also are still considering writing up a post mortem on the issue … [Read more...] about Google: Our Indexing Issues Fully Resolved
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Gary Illyes may have been misunderstood or may have misspoke at the Brighton SEO conference a few weeks ago when people said he said that when the mobile first index rolls out, Google will index the AMP URL when there is no mobile version of the site but there is an AMP and desktop version. Of course, we all know the chances of there being AMP and no mobile URL is rare but in that case, Google will not index the AMP version, they will index the mobile version.John Mueller confirmed this in a hangout yesterday at the 32:31 mark saying that Google will index the desktop version if the AMP version is not set as your mobile version using the rel alternate set up for mobile. So if you have desktop, AMP and no mobile - Google by default will index your desktop version of your site.Google said this before about a year ago but there was some confusion around this the other week out of that conference.Here is the video embed at the start time of when John said this:Question: You said … [Read more...] about Google: Got AMP & Desktop But No Mobile Page? Google Will Index The Desktop Page.
An interesting question was asked in the last Google hangout with John Mueller at the 21:16 mark into the video. The question was around controlling or influencing Google to index the page of content that is embedding the iframe over the source of that content. The question was:If I syndicate my content to another website with an iframe how can I ensure that the iframe URL gets credit instead of the page embedding the iframe?John Mueller said the short answer is that you cannot do that. He said "so the short version is you can't." He then explained you can use a rel canonical to kind of force the redirect, if you own access to the other page. He also said Google will respect the meta tag to you don't want your pages to be iframed. But again, that is the reverse case of the answer.Here is the video embed on this topic:Here is the transcript of the answer:So the short version is you can’t. In particular if a page is embedded within an iframe, within a bigger other page, then … [Read more...] about Google Can Index Content In iFrames
Despite the fact that approximately 8 out of every 10 of the world's 100 most popular websites offers a mobile app, a new study by Searchmetrics has found that only 30% have enabled Google App Indexing.According to Google, App Indexing or "deep linking" is key to getting your app's content ranking in search. Unfortunately, if you don't have app indexing enabled, the best you can hope for in the SERPs is your app's home page.According to Marcus Tober, CTO and founder of Searchmetrics, enabling app indexing can offer a significant competitive advantage, especially if deployed now: "App indexing is a fantastic opportunity to maximize the investment in your app - by helping to drive more traffic and interaction and potentially even conversions. On top of this, if your app supports app indexing, Google has indicated that it could potentially appear more prominently in searches...Anyone that offers an app should get on to this quickly while there is still a competitive advantage."App … [Read more...] about Most Apps Don’t Support Google App Indexing [Report]
Facebook has long opened up some of its walled garden to Google, in order to gain Google traffic. Now Facebook is stepping up its search engine optimization game by implementing Google App Indexing to ensure it continues to get that traffic as the shift to mobile continues. Facebook Loves Google Traffic Facebook has allowed Google to index some of its content going back to at least 2007, when Facebook profile pages were opened up to Google and other search engines. “Indexing” means that Google can read all the content on these pages. In turn, when people search, these pages might appear in Google’s search results. This indexing — known so well to search engine optimization (SEO) professionals — has benefits to both Google and Facebook. Google has more content that might satisfy what people are searching for. Facebook gets traffic from Google for free. Over time, Facebook has opened up more of the content is has to Google, such as Facebook Comments in 2011. … [Read more...] about Facebook Now Using Google App Indexing To Drive Visitors From Search Into Its App