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Google: You Can’t Force GoogleBot To Crawl You Over HTTP/2

As you know, Google began crawling some sites over HTTP/2 this month. While you can opt out of this, i.e. GoogleBot crawling your site over HTTP/2, you cannot opt in to it, at least not now. John Mueller of Google said on Twitter “we don’t manually pick sites for trials like that, it’s more about whether it’s possible & makes sense for crawling.” He also […]

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Google Local Packs May Roll Out X Years In Business Label

Over the past couple of days, I have been getting a lot of notifications from folks that they are now seeing Google show the number of years a business has been in operation directly in the local pack. We’ve covered this a month or so ago, but it might be soon rolling out. Here is a screen shot of Google showing this for my business: […]

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Daily Search Forum Recap: November 24, 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: Google Featured Snippets With Data Overlay Links To Other SitesGoogle is testing a new feature in featured snippet results that overlay data elements from other web sites, not the site in the featured snippet. […]

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The New GooglePlex – Google Dome

Here is a photo of the new Google building near the original GooglePlex. The guy who took the photo is named Hillel Steinberg and he called it the Google Dome. He posted this photo on Instagram and wrote “Google’s Dome HQ Taking Form.” This post is part of our daily Search Photo of the Day column, where we find fun and interesting photos related to […]

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Google Guaranteed Badge Displays On Google Local & Maps Results

Last week Google began testing showing the Google Guaranteed badge in the Google Local pack and Google Maps listings for some businesses. Joy Hawkins first reported this on November 18th and others do seem to have seen it after. Here is a screen shot from Joy’s post: Greg Sterling covered this as well on Search Engine Land and shared these screen shots: Google kind of […]

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NY Times & Other Publishers Dislike Google’s Quotes In The News Box

There are a number of publishers, including Anna Dubenko, the Deputy Audience Director at The New York Times, who are not happy how Google shows that “Quotes In The News Box.” The issue is, she said, the quotes can be taken out of context because Google is not showing enough context. This is a screen shot of this box and Anna Dubenko said on Twitter […]

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Google Knows When You Upgrade Your Server & Will Relearn How Fast & Frequent To Crawl

When you move your web site from one host to another, Google generally knows about it. When Google detects the change, it can and likely does attempt to relearn how fast and frequent it should crawl your site. Gary Illyes from Google said this on Twitter this morning. He said “Fun fact: changing a site’s underlaying infrastructure like servers, IPs, you name it, can change […]

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Manual Actions Back In Google Search Console

Last week starting around Wednesday November 18th manual actions began disappearing from Google Search Console. Google’s Daniel Waisberg confirmed everything is back to normal as of today. We knew it was a bug – we told you not to get your hopes up. The day has come where those manual actions you had in your Google Search Console accounts are now reappearing. Google has not […]

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Vlog #95: Elie Orgel On Data For Creating Link Bait Pages (Part One)

Elie Orgel has been doing SEO for about ten years and I actually have some connections that go way back. He currently works at the Rosenblum Law firm as the director of marketing there. He got into SEO by making web sites for local businesses and then started to learn about SEO over time. He then got a part time job at Rosenblum Law firm […]

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More From Google On Passage Indexing vs Featured Snippets

We already heard a bit about the differences between featured snippets and passage indexing from Google. But in a video interview with Martin Splitt of Google, Martin went a lot deeper into the differences. Again, for more details on passage indexing, see our stories here. At the 6:34 mark into that video, Martin is asked about the differences between passage indexing and featured snippets. Martin […]

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