RECENT COMMENTS ON SEARCH ENGINE ROUNDTABLE

Below are the most recent 30 comments. I try to keep it clean of comment spam, but some times things get through and it takes me several hours to get to it. So please excuse any of that comment spam.

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Comment ID #4621780608 at 09/19/2019 04:04 pm:

Richard Geer commented on Google Image Search Removes Exact Size & Larger Than Filters

Ugh...

Comment ID #4621763257 at 09/19/2019 03:50 pm:

Daniel Blanco commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Tell me, dear friend, I had a blog with more than 500,000 thousand visits a month and now it doesn't even reach 10,000 thousand ...

Comment ID #4621610906 at 09/19/2019 01:44 pm:

Steve Money commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On September 4th & 5th

Have you ever experienced this before? I have. It sucks doesn't it? My website was ranked #1 - #3 (and a few further down but always page 1) for hundreds of keywords from 2010 - 2017. SEVEN YEARS. It was my main money-maker. Then Google did the March 2017 update and my traffic plummeted. Fortunately I have many sites that make money from products I sell, but it sucks to suddenly have earning from a site drop from $3,000 + a month to $500! All I can tell you is, I didn't try to do ANYTHING. I didn't change ONE THING on my site and traffic slowly started coming back. But never to the previous level. Then in August 2018 it was hit AGAIN and all but killed. Then in March 2019 it came back a bit. Still, never the same that it was for those 7 years. So I agree, Google makes no sense and I really don't think they have a solid grasp on what their automated systems are doing. Same thing with Google Ads!!! So my ads for one site have 100,000 impressions every month for 3 years, then they suddenly drop to less than half. I call Google. They tell me to change a bunch of stuff which doesn't do anything at all, but they can't answer my simple question: Why did anything change in the FIRST place??? Why such a drastic change??? Why so sudden??? Google makes me laugh one day, then cry the next. So frustrating all the way around.

Comment ID #4621597992 at 09/19/2019 01:33 pm:

Libertas commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

And now, just in these hours, it's suddenly surged again. Just totally bizarre.

Comment ID #4621504744 at 09/19/2019 12:15 pm:

Javier Arrospide commented on Google Says There Is No Ranking Benefit Or Penalty For Using Google Analytics

Well a point to consider would be that GA requires cookies to work. I you do not want to use cookies on your site that would be a factor in your decision.

Comment ID #4621466576 at 09/19/2019 11:42 am:

um009 commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Same here. Dipping since yday and dipping even more now. No idea what's happening. Since the day Matt Cutts left Google, things haven't been going good for indie bloggers.

Comment ID #4621434865 at 09/19/2019 11:15 am:

Chris commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

arrrr, I was going to ask about the pirate theme!

Comment ID #4621360711 at 09/19/2019 10:10 am:

Failure Forever commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

No change on my side, but then I'd have to have traffic to notice something; which I don't.

Comment ID #4621255006 at 09/19/2019 08:30 am:

Libertas commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

It seems so, although my bounce rate doesn't appear like it's destabilized. The countries I get my traffic from have stayed consistent.

Comment ID #4621247715 at 09/19/2019 08:22 am:

Over & Out commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Out of interest have your traffic stats gone pear shaped?! We seem to have doubled our bounce rate over night. Which isn't surprising when you look at where what little traffic they were sending for a few days was coming from(just about any far reached country you've never heard of!). Now just no traffic at all.

Comment ID #4621242448 at 09/19/2019 08:16 am:

Libertas commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

I really don't know what happened. Up until this summer (at least for me), things were usually reliable. I'd get a certain range of traffic from Google. Now it's just taking wild swings, even if your keywords seem stable, and you just don't know where you stand, all with no explanation or warning. I can make up the difference elsewhere, but I know a lot of people can't.

Comment ID #4621230531 at 09/19/2019 08:01 am:

Over & Out commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Just been reading elsewhere about a guy who's business of 14 years has been wiped out. Personally, my business of 20 years destroyed in ONE WEEK. No traffic from Google what so ever. Only direct repeat customers now. Google can go and screw itself. No more ad money from me. I'd rather close, get a job (less stress) and forget about them for the rest of my days.

Comment ID #4621225404 at 09/19/2019 07:54 am:

I spy commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Yes. Along with Santa Claus and The Wizard of Oz.

Comment ID #4621223083 at 09/19/2019 07:51 am:

Libertas commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Down big yesterday, looks like it will be down bigger today, after being up most of the month and up bigger earlier this week. There's just no predictability or reliability. You have to be active on social media. It's not terrible for me but this kind of crap is devastating to businesses that rely on it. It's beyond time for DOJ to take antitrust action.

Comment ID #4621220932 at 09/19/2019 07:49 am:

Nice commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

If you create English sites with that language I am sure they won’t rank. Also businesses with generic names and city in the title...typical spammer, I am super happy that Google penalized people like you!

Comment ID #4621201138 at 09/19/2019 07:22 am:

adrian commented on Google Updates Rules For Showing Reviews Rich Results In Search Results

hmmm this still isnt clear, and if it is clear, it doesnt make much sense . Lets say you have a local business, which has google reviews in the GMB account. Previously, you could embed/retrieve those reviews from your GMB/places along with their respective schema and have it displayed on a page on your site, and the schema/stars displayed in the search results (providing it wasnt the homepage of course). So, wit would appear that is no longer possible, and that the *only* way you'll see reviews schema/stars for your local business in the results is when they are displayed on another sites listing, ie trustpilot, facebook, yell etc. have i got that right :D (PS, it seems that if you manually add the review schema, this seems, at the moment, to be unaffacted and remains in place.. which is just bonkers)

Comment ID #4621195370 at 09/19/2019 07:14 am:

Unlock Holidays commented on Early Chatter Of A Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On Friday The 13th

My website pages ranking on google first and second pages before one week but after one week website pages ranking down fifth and sixth page. any solutions

Comment ID #4621189064 at 09/19/2019 07:05 am:

Barry Schwartz commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The design goes away tomorrow.

Comment ID #4621188327 at 09/19/2019 07:04 am:

Tomasz Kwiatkowski commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Barry please change background color because it's not user friendly :)

Comment ID #4621106197 at 09/19/2019 04:46 am:

Scott Milsom commented on Vlog Episode #16: Dr. Pete Meyers Of Moz On Mozcast & Google Algorithm Changes

I am really enjoying the video series, Barry. Keep up the good work.

Comment ID #4621100060 at 09/19/2019 04:34 am:

Dan Richardson commented on Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Signs Continue

Is Bill Lambert on twitter?

Comment ID #4621015947 at 09/19/2019 01:34 am:

It has a LOGIC behind it commented on Report Offensive Images In Google Web Search Results

It's a JOKE to make you THINK, because the "report offensive content" works only on one of the sides and apparently some think that is OK.

Comment ID #4621002561 at 09/19/2019 01:06 am:

Ain Ul Haq commented on Google AdSense Earnings At Risk - Create Ads.txt File

Hey Jeff, It will go away eventually just make sure the /ads.txt url is accessible. I got the first warning in June as well and it took about 2 months for the warning to go away. for another website i added 2 days ago the warning went away withing a day.

Comment ID #4620951402 at 09/18/2019 11:31 pm:

Bikram commented on Google Updates Rules For Showing Reviews Rich Results In Search Results

What about "thing" schema. my stars are not visible anymore in results. My reviews are website/URL aggregated reviews, I'm having hard time figuring out what schema to use now.

Comment ID #4620945020 at 09/18/2019 11:21 pm:

Mathew commented on Bing To Update Webmaster Guidelines; What Is Not Penalized Enough

Did you update that comment? I'm surprised I let you get away with so much additional drivel. Doesn't seem like me at all. I must've been in a rush. Firstly: Ok, so firstly, just because more views come from mobile doesn't mean it's a mobile first world. You're just copying the mobile first indexing phrase. Most mobile Google searches are very superficial. Real computing -- aka looking up real answers for things -- is still and always will be from "desktop." And that includes laptops. Smartphones have a huge problem, and that is the batteries do not last. And to make things worse, you cannot even replace the battery yourself. Who wants to send a phone away in the mail and wait several weeks for a new battery? Just to give you an idea of how foolish some people are, there are many people out there who think it's better for their wallet to buy flagship smartphones when they come down in price a bit. That's not true at all. A battery is a battery and it will always need replacing. The cheaper the phone, the better the deal you're getting. It's as simple as that. Your phone's hardware isn't outdated before the battery dies. I can still use a Moto G4 Play -- which allows for removable batteries -- perfectly fine. 2 GB of RAM. Anyone who thinks that loads of people will not be on "desktop" computers in the future doesn't know what they're talking about. Computing has never been more popular. Desktops have never been more wonderful. Secondly: Website's aren't simplistic for your viewing. Websites are simplistic because a webmaster has no choice but to keep them relatively simplistic because everything you put on a website comes at the cost of speed. So it never makes sense to do anything but a simplistic website unless you want to be paying hundreds of dollars per month trying to run it. That's when you start seeing things a little less simplistic. But sites like the New York Times are not simplistic for your eyeballs, it's for their speed. Thirdly: And this is the most important point of all. People seem to have a real problem comprehending what "oversized font" means. The word oversized does not mean ideal size. It means exactly what it says: oversized. So any argument that fonts should not be small is not relevant to what I'm saying. I'm not vouching for small or any kind of font that is less than the ideal size.

Comment ID #4620754580 at 09/18/2019 07:02 pm:

tricia commented on Google Updates Rules For Showing Reviews Rich Results In Search Results

Facebook star ratings are still showing in SERP... for now. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53262992817e55110ee526ac23c9fc47d8d0f0453bc7a03dcff1eeb77cc2f4ce.png

Comment ID #4620594031 at 09/18/2019 04:13 pm:

Haha commented on Report Offensive Images In Google Web Search Results

Asking the same lunatics on the street demanding women rights in the West, while in the Middle East women are killed with rocks and nobody says anything.

Comment ID #4620589154 at 09/18/2019 04:09 pm:

Igor Kholkin commented on Google Shortens Title Length In Search By 5 Characters On Average

How dare they take away the ability to cram keywords in tight spaces.

Comment ID #4620543435 at 09/18/2019 03:33 pm:

lmfao commented on Report Offensive Images In Google Web Search Results

what kind of mental illness causes people to spend their time writing up strawmans like this