John Mueller said on Twitter that the new report won't report on an error on sample URLs at the sitemap submission level. He said "those are sample URLs tested before being submitted to indexing - this is done at the sitemap submission, so it wouldn't be in the indexing report in the new SC." … [Read more...] about New Google Index Report Doesn’t Show Blocked URLs From Sitemaps
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What does this mean for people writing web pages? For one thing, it might be helpful to use words as phrases that the page is about together upon the page a few times, as opposed to mostly including those words on the page separately from each other. For another, it can be helpful to include related phrases, to help the search engines understand the context of those phrases. … [Read more...] about Yahoo Phrase Based Indexing in a Nutshell
One of the hardest decisions a company has to make regarding its backlink index is how to handle spam. On one hand, spam is expensive to the index and probably ignored by Google. On the other hand, it is important for users to know if they have received tons of spammy links. I don't think there is a correct answer to this question; each index just has to choose. A close examination of the reason why Majestic is winning (and continuing to increase their advantage) is because of a particularly nefarious Wikipedia-clone spam network. Any site with any backlinks from Wikipedia are getting tons of links from this network, which is causing their backlink counts to increase rapidly. If you are worried about these types of links, you need to go take a look at Majestic and look for links ending in primarily .space or .pro, including sites like tennis-fdfdbc09.pro, troll-warlord-64fa73ba.pro, and badminton-026a50d5.space. As of my last tests, there are over 16,000 such domains in this spam … [Read more...] about Big, Fast, & Good: Backlink Indexes Compared
There has been a lot of research and a lot of development of technology that can be applied to a set of documents the size of the Web. We learned, from Google that they are using a Word Vector approach developed by the Google Brain team, which was described in a patent that was granted in 2017. I wrote about that patent and linked to resources that it used in the post: Citations behind the Google Brain Word Vector Approach. If you want to get a sense of the technologies that Google may be using to index content and understand words in that content, it has advanced a lot since the days just before the Web started. There are links to papers cited by the inventors of that patent within it. Some of those may be related in some ways to Latent Semantic Indexing since it could be called their ancestor. The LSI technology that was invented in 1988 contains some interesting approaches, and if you want to learn a lot more about it, this paper is really insightful: A Solution to Plato’s … [Read more...] about Does Google Use Latent Semantic Indexing?
Well desktop only is essentially kind of a unique form of a responsive design, right? It's like the same design on mobile and on desktop so I I could certainly see our algorithms saying well nothing breaks when we switch the site over to mobile indexing, so might as well do it.So it's not that we're specifically looking for sites that aren't mobile-friendly. It's it's really just that this is probably one of the safe bets to start with and that's that's what we picked there to start with. … [Read more...] about Why Google Is Moving Non-Mobile Friendly Sites To Google’s Mobile First Indexing