Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Search Engine Roundtable Stories: SEO Test Proves New GoogleBot Is Live Valentin Pletzer didn't want to just take Google's word that the new evergreen GoogleBot is live, so he tested it. In short, Google's word was the truth and the new GoogleBot is indeed live. Google: Don't Just Blindly Delete Old Pages Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that it doesn't necessarily make sense to just go into your content management system and delete old pages after a certain date. John said "FWIW sometimes good, old stuff becomes interesting again over time, so you might want to avoid just blindly deleting everything over a certain age." Steven Levy: Google Search Results Overrates Freshness As A Ranking Signal Steven Levy, the tech reporter that most tech reporters look up to. He has interviewed legends of tech, has access to companies like Google … [Read more...] about Daily Search Forum Recap: May 14, 2019
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Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Search Engine Roundtable Stories: Google Shows Video Grid Format In Mobile Search Results With Up To 8 Videos Google is showing videos in a grid format in the mobile Google search results between 2 and 8 videos for a single search results page. I was notified by multiple SEOs this morning of the user interface, I believe it is fairly new. Google Hints The Page Google Shows For The Duplicate Content Cluster Gains Signals Gary Illyes from Google dropped a hint around if signals from other pages in a duplicate content cluster gets passed to the one Google shows in their search results. It is not clear in his response, which is by design but he said "generally the page in a dup cluster that shows up in the results will see more benefits." Google Search Ranking Factors Include "Pornyness" I know Gary Illyes from Google is going to roll his eyes … [Read more...] about Daily Search Forum Recap: February 11, 2019
Remember the Google update I reported in early March? One thing I left out of that story, intentionally, was some chatter that the those noticing a ranking decline around then may have had a bug with the popular Yoast plugin. I left it out because after reviewing the Black Hat World thread in detail, it appeared the general consensus from that community that the bug with the Yoast plugin was NOT related to this Google update because (a) many who were hit didn't have the Yoast plugin and (b) those that did have the plugin didn't strongly believe it was related. There were some that felt their hit was solely related to the plugin but based on A and B, I really felt it was unrelated.What was the bug? Well, Joost de Valk documented it on May 30th. From what I understand, the bug in the plugin did not automatically forward attachments to their original source, which may result in confusing Google but at the same time, from how I understand Google works, Google wouldn't just drop tons of … [Read more...] about The Yoast Plugin To Blame For Google Large Scale Ranking Drop? Probably Not.
AMP critics and advocates alike have welcomed the news that the Safari browser in Apple’s iOS 11 will use canonical URLs when sharing mobile content — even when the page the sharer is seeing is an accelerated mobile page (AMP). Google’s AMP Project tech lead, Malte Ubl, noted on Twitter and elsewhere that Google had been asking Apple and others to make the change. In a Hacker News discussion forum, Ubl wrote: Just wanted to clarify that we specifically requested Apple (and other browser vendors) to do this. AMP’s policy states that platforms should share the canonical URL of an article whenever technically possible.Malte Ubl, Google's AMP Project tech lead Opinions may vary on the benefits and downsides of AMP, but both sides seem to agree unintentional sharing of AMP links is not ideal. The scale of the AMP-sharing problem (if you consider it a problem) is relatively small; the vast majority of AMP views are driven by Google and other apps and mobile … [Read more...] about AMP links at large: What’s a publisher to do?
Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Search Engine Roundtable Stories: Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Algorithm Updates, Link Spam Warning & Many Search Tests This week in search, I go into more detail on the search algorithm and ranking changes we are noticing. I discuss how my original theory on featured... Google Warns: Don't Do Article Creation For Links Yesterday, Google published a blog post named a reminder about links in large-scale article campaigns. Truth is, there is absolutely nothing new about what is written there... Google: No, Not All Ads Above The Fold Are Bad I love John Mueller's one word answers. The Google representative was asked on Twitter if all ads above the fold are bad and John said "no." Of course... Google Again: There Was No … [Read more...] about Daily Search Forum Recap: May 26, 2017