Sites generally shouldn’t be negatively affected by something like this. We often index pages like that for normal sites, and they usually don’t show up in search. If they do show up for normal queries, usually that’s a sign that the site has other, bigger problems. Also, over the time you mentioned, there have been various reports on twitter & co about changes in rankings, so if sites are seeing changes, I’d imagine it’s more due to normal search changes than anything like this.Then we had an article from Search Engine Journal with the title Yoast SEO Plugin 7.0 Bug Causes Ranking Drops. The community was split on the title, many called this title clickbait and unfair because based on how Google works and John's statement, the early March complaints was likely not related to this Yoast bug. In fact, John Mueller did a rare response on Twitter calling out the article: … [Read more...] about The Yoast Plugin To Blame For Google Large Scale Ranking Drop? Probably Not.
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Select “Manage Property” from the main Search Console dashboard. Select your website (it should say “Not Verified” next to it), then press “Verify this Property.” Google will list the methods it recommends. If “HTML tag” doesn’t appear here, check in the “Alternate methods” tab. Google will give you the HTML code you’ll need to add, save, and publish to your website’s homepage for verification. Revisit the Search Console dashboard and press “Verify” next to your website. Google will then check for the verification HTML code. Do not remove the code from your homepage after verification, or this will make your site unverified. … [Read more...] about How to Set Up Google Search Console in 5 Easy Steps
So without further ado, let's get into it. One of the things I find that people spend a lot of time on is finding all the URLs that ever existed for their website. Now typically they may crawl the site to find what is on there and maybe look at the XML site map. They may be jumping to Search Console, have a look at that. Maybe jumping into Majestic to see all the pages with links, and that is cool but what if the client has been migrated like 6 times over the last 12 years? Do you have that data? Is it sitting anywhere? Of course, you could go to something like archive.org, and you could search that and start pulling that out, but that is a bit slow as well, so I am going to show you a really fast way to put all this stuff together. … [Read more...] about Weekly Wisdom with Ross Tavendale: Time-Saving SEO Hacks
Download webpages to get the latest content and discover new links from existing known links.Verify that web documents already indexed are still valid, not dead links, helping to keep the Bing index comprehensive and fresh to answer customer queries with relevant results.For example, Bing customers searching for the latest space rocket launch can search and find new relevant webpages only seconds after this rocket launch. To be able to link to these new URLs, we have to discover, select, crawl, process, and then index them. … [Read more...] about Why & How Bing Plans to Improve Its Crawler, Bingbot