Daily Search Forum Recap: January 11, 2021

Jan 11, 2021 - 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:

  • Google Confirmed Launching Subtopics Ranking In Mid-November 2020
    Danny Sullivan of Google confirmed on Twitter that the search company launched the subtopics ranking feature or algorithm in November 2020, just weeks after announcing it at the Search On event in October 2020.
  • Google Index Coverage Report Updated With More Specific Categories
    Google has updated the index coverage report in Google Search Console with more "more fine-grained" status and categories. The change will cause some of the errors or statuses to "relabeled with the new, more specific categories," Google said.
  • Google Ads Begins Identity Verification
    Since last March, March 2020, Google has been giving us a heads up about the Google Ads team doing some sort of verification for your Google Ads account. We learned a bit more in April but now I am seeing advertises getting emails from Google that says "start identity verification by February 6, 2021."
  • Google News Intent Article Labels
    Google seems to be categorizing and labeling news articles in mobile search by intent, such as interviews or other intents. Valentin Pletzer shows a screen shot of this in action. I am not sure if this is new but it is interesting to see Google automatically assigning these labels to articles.
  • Google: 410 Status Code or 404 Status Code Are Both Fine
    Google's John Mueller responded to a concern in the Reddit forums that when it comes to the Salesforce Commerce Cloud, the only real way to use a 404 page not found, is not to use a 404 but a 410 status code. John Mueller of Google said "404 is fine. 410 is fine," trying to reassure this person that both should be fine and not to be concerned.
  • Vlog #102: Phillip Thune On The FindWhat Days In 2000 To Running Textbroker in 2020 - Part One
    Here is episode 102 with industry vet Phillip Thune. Phillip Thune's Deep History In Search: Phillip Thune is the current CEO of Textbroker and has been for over 10 years, but he goes back further in the search space including working for FindWhat in early 2000s...
  • Google Yellow Pool Table and Pink Boxing Gloves
    Here is an old photo found on Instagram from 2017 at the Google Dublin office of a yellow pool table and woman in pink boxing gloves. I don't think boxing and pool go together but I can be wrong.

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