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Give Google Examples Of Canonical URL Issues

On Sunday I reported about a canonical URL issue with Google that may have caused major turbulence with the Google search results last week. Well, Google said they need examples to investigate. In short, there seemed to have been a possible bug with Google Search where it was showing the wrong URLs for pieces of content across the web last week. I can’t imagine it […]

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Were There Google Search Canonical URL Issues Around September 23rd?

Remember that possible Google search ranking algorithm update from September 23rd? As I mentioned in my weekly video this Friday, some felt it may have been caused by a canonical bug with Google search. I wanted to share more around that topic before I go offline tonight for Yom Kippur, since I am not posting anything tomorrow. In short, what happened on the 23rd and […]

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Google: The Context Around Links Is Secondary But Anchor Text Is Primary

You know that many uses of anchor text on links around the web do not say much about where it is linking to. There are tons of “click here” links or other links that are not descriptive. Mihai Aperghis asked John Mueller of Google about the context around a link and how Google treats that. In short, John said the context and content around the […]

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Wayback Machine Does Not Impact Your Google Rankings

Here is a new question I’ve never seen before – does being removed or I guess added to the Wayback Machine impact your Google search rankings? John Mueller from Google said no on Twitter. Here are the tweets: No, but why would you do that? — 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) September 24, 2020 Like I said, I never saw this question being asked before. Is […]

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Dual Stack IPv4/6 Does Not Give You A Google Ranking Boost

Google’s John Mueller was asked on Twitter if using a dual stack IPv4/6 setup give you some sort of Google Search or SEO ranking boost with Google. John said no, it does not. John responded saying “No. There’s no SEO effect for that. Make your site work well for users.” Here are those tweets: No. There’s no SEO effect for that. Make your site work […]

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Can Cheap Hosts With Many Low Quality Sites Hurt Your Google Rankings?

Recently an interesting experiment was published on Reboot Online that says cheap hosting with low-quality, spammy bad neighborhoods of sites, can actually impact Google rankings. But John Mueller of Google disputed this study saying it is not really true and it doesn’t work that way at Google. Here is what the study concluded: The results of this experiment suggests that cheap shared hosting options can […]

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Google Mostly Treats Affiliate Links As Nofollowed Links

Most of you know by now that Google generally treats affiliate links as nofollowed links. That means that most affiliate links do not pass any link signals. This isn’t news really, I mean, Google has been doing this since the super early days of its link spam prevention methods. That is not to say that affiliate links are spam but Google does not want affiliate […]

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Google Discover Traffic Drop On August 10th

Since August 10th or so, there has been a number of publishers complaining that the traffic Google sends them via Google Discover has dropped off the cliff. The complaints have not subsided yet and some feel it has to do with the Google Search glitch on August 10th. Google did say they are investigating it but we have not hear back from them on the […]

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Google Coverage Report Now Back Up-To-Date

Yesterday we reported for the second time that the Google Search Console coverage report was super delayed, over 14-days. Well, this morning, it looks like all is fixed. I am seeing data as recent as a couple of days ago. Here is a screen shot of the report that now shows me data through September 13, 2020, not August 31, 2020: Google has not yet […]

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Google To Drop Crawl Anomaly Data For Something More Useful

Google’s John Mueller said in a webmaster hangout at the 10:02 mark that Google Search Console will be dropping the crawl anomaly data from the reports. Google said it will be doing something better with it, “reclassifying it as something more useful,” John Mueller said. He did not really say much more outside of that. There is no timing, he won’t say approximately when it […]

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