Daily Search Forum Recap: September 3, 2019

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:

  • September 2019 Google Webmaster Report
    This month we had two unconfirmed Google search ranking algorithm updates, one around August 17th and the other around August 29th. Google began penalizing domain leasing portions of sites, and also slammed a popular SEO with a link penalty. The evergreen GoogleBot is now running
  • Google Shows Competitors Local Listings Above The Branded Local Knowledge Panel
    This isn’t a good thing – Google can show a carousel feature of competitive businesses in the area when someone specifically searches for your company name in Google. So for a branded search that brings up a local knowledge panel for that business, Google can show competitive listings above the local knowledge panel!
  • Is Google Investigating Consolidation Issues With Google Search Console Performance Report?
    There may (or may not) be an issue with the changes Google made back in February around consolidating around the canonical URL, which means the AMP, mobile, etc will all be counted towards the main URL’s data in the performance report. This may not be happening correctly for some sites and Google is supposedly investigating this issue.
  • Google Tests Capitalizing URLs Of Snippets In Search Results
    Google looks to be testing, or maybe it is a bug, capitalizing the URL or breadcrumb part of the snippets in the search results. I see a number of folks on Twitter chatting about it and I have numerous screen shots of this in action.
  • Google Search Console Adds Auto-DNS Verification With Some DNS Providers
    Google announced it has added Auto-DNS verification with various domain name registrars to automate part of the verification flow. This is similar to what they did with GoDaddy and Google Domains, as well as similar to Bing’s announcement with Domain Connect from the other week.
  • A Google Trophy Cup?
    I found this image on Instagram, it looks like a trophy cup with the Google logo engraved on it. Supposedly this photo was taken at the GooglePlex, Google’s main headquarters in Mountain View, Califor
  • Labor Day – 2019 Logos From Google, Yahoo & Bing
    Today is Labor Day in the United States and now for the fourth year in a row, Google has a Labor Day logo. Google use to not do Labor Day logos but now has consistently done them for the past four years. Yahoo and Bing also have special logos or designs up for the day.

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Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:

Analytics

Industry & Business

Links & Promotion Building

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice

SEO

PPC

Other Search

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