Daily Search Forum Recap: January 8 2019

Jan 8, 2019 - 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.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Use 404s & Temporary Sitemaps To Speed Up Page Removal From Google
    Have a lot of pages you want removed from the Google index and don't want to use the page removal tool for each URL? Google's John Mueller said you can try to 404 and noindex all the pages you want removed and then submit a temporary sitemap to Google. It might speed things up he said.
  • Google Rich Results Test Now With Code Editing
    Google announced on Twitter yesterday that the Google Rich Results Test now lets you not just test live or sample code, but also let's you make edits to code that you run and test it on the fly. So after you run it, you can then click into the code on the left side panel and edit what you want, then run it again.
  • Google Manufacturer Center With New Content, Analytics & Availability
    Google announced they added some new features to the Google Manufacturer Center. They added a new section on Shopping product detail pages that has more content from your site. They added new and improved analytics. And they also expanded availability of the Manufacturer Center from seven countries to 24 countries.
  • Google PSA: Do Not 301 Pages that Should 404 To Your Home Page
    Google's John Mueller said it again, if you 301 redirect pages that should 404 to your home page, Google will treat them as soft 404s anyway and thus all you are doing is confusing your end users. There is no benefit in using a 301 redirect for a page that you killed off when you are redirecting it to a page that is not relevant to that 404 page.
  • G Logo Made Of Google Colored Basketballs
    Google posted on their Instagram channel this shiny photo of a bunch of colored basketballs on a basketball court in the shape of the G logo. I believe it is to promote the NBA All-Star Vote that we

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