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 Confirmed Search Algorithm Update Rolled Out; Here Is What We Know
As you know, we saw a huge amount of chatter around a big Google search ranking algorithm update starting November 7th and 8th through the weekend. There were mixed signals in that the chatter in the industry was very heavy but (a) Google did not pre-announce it and (b) the automated tracking tools…
- Vlog #25: Danny Sullivan On Working At Google & What He Sees Differently Now
In part two of my interview with Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan), Google Public Liaison of Search, we go into what it is like being at Google. Does his access at Google change how he sees things from the perspective as a publisher?
- Frederic Dubut Now PM Of Bing’s Core Ranking Team
Frederic Dubut, who lead up search quality and search spam at Bing has received a promotion. He is now the PM of overall Bing’s core search team. He announced this on Twitter, although I think it happened a few weeks earlier. He said…
- Google: We Only Rewrite A Low Number Of Page Titles But If We Are…
Gary Illyes from Google was quoted as saying “We rewrite page titles in a low number of cases.” Jennifer Slegg also loosely quoted him as saying “if Google is rewriting your titles, that is a sign you should work on rewriting those titles.” This is from a conference…
- Bing Fixes Cache Bug That Showed Third Party Content
Last week, Bing had an unusual bug, a bug with its cache page results. The Bing cache was showing not just the cache page they had of your site, but also showed content from non-related sites below or above your page.
- John Mueller: Google Does Not Use A Spam Score
Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter “Google doesn’t use the spam score.” This was in response to someone saying they have an 11% spam score (I guess on some third-party tool)….
- Google Ferris Wheel
Google has a toy ferris wheel at the Google Boulder, Colorado offices. No, this is not a real ferris wheel, that would be way cooler. I wonder if any Googler submitted a request for Google to build a ferris wheel.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- If you block the crawling, we can’t even see the rel=canonical. The more signals align, the more likely we’ll follow your lead. If you hide some of those signals, we’ll have to guess. SEO is, John Mueller on Twitter
- It’s good to understand the difference between 200, (301/302), (404/410), 500, 503. The exact details often don’t matter that much., John Mueller on Twitter
- Seeing a bump up in Featured Snippets right around BERT (morning of Oct. 22) — jumped from 14.1% to 15.8% prevalence in MozCast (+12% increase). No clear pattern, though, and they dropped about 5% on November 5. Not sure, Dr. Pete Meyers on Twitter
- Like you mentioned, there’s not much that can be done without those attributes. Since this is on a per-page basis, if you just don’t need product rich results on individual, John Mueller on Twitter
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