Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Local Update Confirmed, Core Search Tremors, Quality Raters Guidelines Update & Larry & Sergey Step Down

This week, Google confirmed the November local search update and said the reason for the changes were because Google added neural matching to local search for the first time. Google may have also done a small Google search core update this week. I posted the monthly Google webmaster report. Google updated the Search Console messaging interface and I like it. Google News Publisher Center might have a bug with the inclusion request. Google said BERT does not impact indexing. Google said it is not about the type of page but the quality of the page. Google can handle some seriously heavy JavaScript, so don’t worry. Google commented about the need for SEO. Google said they can ignore links from sites as a whole. Google is testing package delivery right in search. Google Images dropped the custom date range filter. Google Ads added examinations beta and a way to share keyword planner ideas. Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down as CEO of Alphabet and put Sundar Pichai in charge. I posted a vlog with Jeff Selig from Overdrive Interaction. And this week was my 16th anniversary on writing about search. That was this week in search at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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