Daily Search Forum Recap: March 2, 2023

Mar 2, 2023 - 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.

I posted the big Google webmaster report, so you can catch up on all the big stories for the past month. Google Ads updated some of its ad policies. Google treats hashtags as words in a piece of content. Google spoke more about the lastmod date in XML sitemaps. Google said blocking other crawlers won't impact Googlebot.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • March 2023 Google Webmaster Report
    Here is the big Google webmaster report for March 2023, where I cover all the most important things that happened with Google search over the past month. The highlights include the Google product reviews update and a few unconfirmed updates. Of course, the Google Bard tease and AI content guidelines for Google Search, plus much more.
  • Google: We Treat Hashtags As Words In Content
    Google's John Mueller said on Twitter, "when it comes to web pages in Google Search, hashtags are just words, they have no special meaning or effect." So if you are big into hashtagging everything, Google will consume it as just content on the page.
  • Google On lastmod Tag In XML Sitemap: Update The Date If Your Providing Something New
    Google's John Mueller spoke a bit more about when you should update the date in the lastmod tag in the XML sitemap file. He said on Twitter if you are "providing something new for search engines that you'd like reflected in search," then update the date, if not, then don't.
  • Google Ads Policy Changes For Malicious Software, Compromised Sites & Unwanted Software
    Google Ads is updating its Malicious or unwanted software policy on May 9, 2023. The policy will be split into three policies, Malicious software, Compromised sites, and Unwanted software.
  • Google: Blocking Other Crawlers Does Not Impact Google Search
    Google's John Mueller was asked if Google Search would be impacted if you block other crawlers, like Bing or the ChatGPT crawler. John said no, "Google doesn't care if you block other crawlers."
  • G Bike Parking Spot At The GooglePlex
    I've seen G-Bike parking spot signs at the Google office before but I don't remember seeing it printed on a spot in one of the parking spots at the Google office, the GooglePlex. I've parked in this s

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:


Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice



Search Features

Other Search


Have feedback on this daily recap; let me know on Twitter @rustybrick or @seroundtable, you can follow us on Facebook and make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or just contact us the old fashion way.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Google Weekend Volatility, Google On Search Leak, Elizabeth Tucker Interview & Apple Intelligence - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: June 17, 2024

Jun 17, 2024 - 10:00 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

The Maddening Adventure Of Tracking AI Overviews In Google Search Console

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Ads

Google Ads Forcing Some Advertisers Off Credit Card Payments

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:41 am
Apple App Store

Apple Updates Applebot Docs With Applebot-Extended, Reverse DNS & More

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google Maps

Google Maps Updates Fake Engagement Policy With More Detail

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:21 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Updates hreflang Documentation While I Was Offline

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: March 2023 Google Webmaster Report