Daily Search Forum Recap: January 4, 2022

Jan 4, 2022 - 4:00 pm 0 by

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.

Google Search Console's international targeting setting can take weeks to kick in. Google said if you are migrating to a new domain, don't also remove AMP at the same time. A reminder that error like pages or out of stock or no delivery pages can trigger soft 404s in Google Search. Google is testing a blue header in the search results. Google local shows bike sharing icons with quantity and car charing icons. Plus more...

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google Search Console International Targeting Setting Can Take Weeks
    Google's John Mueller said that it can take from a week to a couple of months for Google Search to pick up on the international targeting setting you selected in Google Search Console. He said it would likely go faster for news sites but other sites can take up to a couple of months.
  • Google: Pages That Look Like Error Pages Can Be Considered Soft 404s
    Several months ago Google told us that returning a "results not found" type of page can result in Google Search considering that page a soft 404 and thus removing it from the search results. The same is true for "Sorry we don't deliver to this location" or other negative and error looking pages.
  • Advice: Don't Migrate Domains & Drop Google AMP The Same Time
    It might not be the best idea to migrate to a new domain name and at the same time also drop your AMP pages. A Google SEO hangout with John Mueller has one case where a site migrated to a new domain back in September and at the same time dropped AMP and has not seen the site's traffic recover yet.
  • Google Search Tests Blue Header
    Ric Rodriguez has spotted Google testing a blue colored header for the mobile search results. He shared a number of screenshots on Twitter -here is a side by side of a normal white header for the Google Search bar compared to the blue header for the Google search bar.
  • Google Local Results Displays Bike & Car Charging Icons In Local Results
    Google is now showing bike icons for the bikeshare data it shows in the local search results, including the local pack and local listing for a bike share location. Google also shows the quantity of bikes that are available at that location. And Google is also showing electric car charging icons.
  • Google's User Agent Horse Wears A Mask - But It's A Bit Hoarse
    So John Mueller of Google shared a photo of his cardboard cut out the other day and I was super upset that it was without a mask. John then shared that the User-agent horse had a mask - so all is good

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