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Daily Search Forum Recap: November 27, 2020

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 Ranking Fluctuations, Featured Snippets With Augmented Links, Google-Generated Web Stories Deindexed & New Crawl StatsAlthough this is the Thanksgiving holiday week, it was not slow at all in terms […]

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Google On Sticks

Here is a photo of Google on sticks. Well, the Google logo and its letters mounted on sticks I think at the construction site of the new Google building. This photo is over a years old but hey, it is hard to find recent photos of Google things at Google offices. I found this photo on Instagram. This post is part of our daily Search […]

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Google Search Console Crawl Stats Report Is Now Outstanding

Google has announced the launch of the new crawl stats report and to be honest, it is a huge upgrade from the previous report. This report now gives you data you can use to debug crawl issues and check the health of your site with crawl related issues in Google Search. The old version just showed you a chart of pages crawled per day, kilobytes […]

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Google Local Adds Messaging Button To Google Posts

Looks like Google is adding a message button on the Google Posts for local business profiles. Previously we saw a message button on the “updates” section, but now we are seeing then on the larger Google Posts section. Claire Carlile posted about this in two different posts on Twitter, here is one of those sets of screen shots: Claire said “there are many possible implications […]

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Google: Private Whois Domain Name Data Does Not Impact Rankings

Google’s John Mueller said that having a private whois domain name registration status does not change how Google trusts the site. It really does not impact the site’s rankings in Google Search. He was asked on Twitter “from SEO pov, Does keeping WHOIS information public help in website Trust and Authority?” John responded “it doesn’t change anything.” John latter added that “making a domain registration […]

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Google Deletes Its Autogenerated Web Stories & They Now 404

The other day I reported how Google was showing featured snippets with overlays but some of those featured snippets were autogenerated web stories generated by Google’s own AI techniques. Well, after I covered it last night again at Search Engine Land and spoke to Google about it, it seems Google has deleted and 404ed those web stories. Google has deleted over 20,000 of its autogenerated […]

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Google’s Socially Distant Thanksgiving Day Logo: History of Thanksgiving

Google has a socially distant Thanksgiving Doodle, logo, up on its home page in the US today. You can see the “furry and feathered friends” talking over a tin can with string telephone from branch to branch. Yahoo also has a turkey logo and Bing has a Thanksgiving themed background. Here is a higher resolution Google Doodle, click on it to enlarge: Google wrote “On […]

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Google Maps Displaying Hotel Review Rating Averages & Other Attributes On Map Pins

Lluc Berrio Penycate posted on Twitter some screen shots of Google testing in Google Maps overlaying hotel attributes over the map pins for hotel listings. These can show average review ratings of hotels, category, pricing, and other attributes. Here is one screen shot: Here is another he shared: Lluc said “So, at the moment hotels are displaying 3 different information lines below the name,1) a […]

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Was There A Google Update Earlier This Week?

Starting around Monday, November 23rd, there has been some signals that Google was pushing out another Google search algorithm ranking update. But the chatter is almost non-existent while some of the tools show big changes. Here is what I see, but again, this seems like a very narrow update at best. Just to be clear, Google has not confirmed any update and for Google to […]

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Daily Search Forum Recap: November 25, 2020

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: Was There A Google Update Earlier This Week?Starting around Monday, November 23rd, there has been some signals that Google was pushing out another Google search algorithm ranking update. But the chatter is almost non-existent […]

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