Daily Search Forum Recap: March 4, 2019

Mar 4, 2019 - 4:00 pm 1 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:

  • March 1st Google Search Algorithm Ranking Update - Unconfirmed
    On Friday afternoon, March 1st, maybe going through Saturday, March 2nd, there may have been yet another Google search ranking algorithm update. We had one on February 27th and February 22nd and now another unconfirmed one on March 2nd. They seem like tremors, maybe tweaks to previous updates. We have both chatter and trackers showing the updates.
  • Google Ignores Keyword Spam In CSS
    Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that Google ignores keyword spam in CSS files. He said "we ignore that." "Use IDs & class names however you want. (I'm pretty sure this never had any effect on any search engine,)" he added.
  • Google: Redirecting Spammy Links From Similar Domain Won't Trick Us
    Google's John Mueller said you won't trick Google's spam algorithms by setting up a similar domain, building spammy links to that domain and then redirecting that domain to your main domain. It won't work - he said "you might as well skip the detour, it's just as obvious to the algorithms & spam team."
  • Google Is Okay With "Uncertain Spam" Reports
    Not everything in the world is black and white, that includes the SEO world. Someone pointed John Mueller of Google to, what looks like a PR reporting tool, and suggested it was used to manipulate Google's guidelines and buying links. I am not sure, I didn't spend time looking into it. But John Mueller from Google responded that it is okay to submit "uncertain" spam reports to them.
  • Google Snippet With Popular Product Carousel
    We covered this before but it probably should be pulled out as its own post here, the popular products carousel snippet for web sites that have products that they deem popular on their web sites.
  • Google Email For First Day Of Work (Tomorrow)
    Walter Chen posted a screen shot of a notification, maybe an email or a web site portal, that says Onboarding. Welcome, Walter! Tomorrow's your first day. It shows the Google office in the background

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