Daily Search Forum Recap: January 29, 2019

Jan 29, 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:

  • What Is More Important For SEOs To Understand; Guidelines Or Algorithm Updates?
    Tomorrow at SMX West I am moderating a panel called Machine vs. Man: What Really Matters For SEO Success. One of the panelists is Frédéric Dubut from Bing and he posted a poll asking what is more important for SEOs, understanding the search quality raters guidelines or the ranking algorithm updates?
  • Google Recommends To Disavow Links That Can Trigger Manual Actions
    Google's John Mueller said in a hangout last week that he would recommend that you not just disavow links that have already resulted in manual actions but you can also disavow links that you think would lead or result in a manual action. This is in addition to what John said about how it can help algorithmically with trust.
  • Google: Sitemap Files Don't Need To Be Indexed To Work
    This is a bit heartwarming - to see John Mueller back up Joost de Valk and Yoost when someone incorrectly claimed their was a bug with the Yoast SEO plugin causing major Google issues. John from Google came in and backed up Joost, confirming Joost and telling the plugin creator his plugin is not needed.
  • Myth Busting: HTTPS Not Required For Google Indexing & Ranking
    Google's John Mueller did some myth busting this morning around HTTPS. There are always some SSL providers trying to use Google's HTTPS ranking signal in their marketing efforts. One said that "Without an SSL Certificate Google is likely to drop your website in search results." That is not true and John Mueller said so.
  • Google Fixing AMP Errors; Nothing To Fix On Your End Now
    Yesterday we reported on widespread AMP errors with Google Search Console and Google mobile search. As we suspected, it was an issue on Google's end - not an issue with the the configuration on the webmasters/developers end. At least, in this particular case, there is nothing for you to do - Google will fix it on their end.
  • In A Google Nap Pod
    Googlers like to take naps, they have many sorts of ways to take naps at the various Google offices. The nap pod is one of them and here is a view from inside a nap pod at a Google office.

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