Daily Search Forum Recap: January 2, 2020

Jan 2, 2020 • 4:00 pm | comments (0) by | Filed Under Search Forum Recap

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 New Years Search Algorithm Update? Mixed Signals.
    There is some significant chatter in the SEO industry around a possible new years update that started late December 31, 2019 and throughout January 1, 2020. The chatter is high but similar to the Christmas update chatter, the tracking tools are not showing huge signs of an update. It leads me to believe the same as I did with the Christmas update, that I doubt there was a big update on New Years.
  • Google: Persistent 5xx Result In Slower Crawling But Won't Say How Many URLs Required
    Google's John Mueller said that persistent 5xx error responses to Google's requests by your server would result in Google slowing its crawl of your web site. John wouldn't say if there is a specific percentage of your site's URLs that are required or a specific number. But he just said if Google sees persistent 5xx errors, Google will slow how it crawls your site.
  • Google Video Spam Through Text-To-Speech Technology
    Roger Montti posted on Twitter that he is seeing more and more spammers using a technique to spam Google through videos. In short, the spammers would find the top ranking content, use text-to-speech software to create automated videos of the content, while using the featured image as the background to the video. Then those videos would rank in Google search.
  • Google Local Pack "Choose Area" Feature Now Live
    About six months ago Google was testing an option to select or "choose" your area or location when a local pack comes up in the search results. Well, now I even see the "choose area" link for local pack results after six-months of testing.
  • Google Displays "Get More Reviews" For Local Knowledge Panels You Manage
    Google has changed the button for your local knowledge panel from "write a review" to "get more reviews" for the businesses you manage. When you click that new button, Google gives you a way to share with people the ability to leave reviews for your business, as opposed to taking you to write a review.
  • Google Hyderabad Gazebo
    Here is a photo of a Googler at the Google Hyderabad, India office standing in a gazebo. It looks like a greenhouse of some sorts at the Google office there but I am not sure. Either way, it looks v
  • John Mueller Of Google Helping Webmasters On New Years 2020
    Just like on every Christmas, John Mueller from Google dials up to the internet and logs on to the support channels on New Years and helps out folks in the Google Webmaster support and social media channels. He has done it year after year on New Years and this year is no different.

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