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:
- A Google Update Brewing? Showing Some Signals.
Over the past week or so, I have been waiting day by day because I really have this feeling that an update is about to kick off soon...
- Google: No, We Don't Understand Text In Images
A question was posed to Google's Gary Illye's on Twitter if Google's crawler and indexer understands the text embedded in an image, maybe through OCR or other techniques. I am surprised to hear Gary say no...
- Google: RankBrain Does Not Currently Affect Crawling
Google has deployed RankBrain for some time and we know it is confusing so there are many questions out there on it. One question posed to Google was how does RankBrain impact crawling on your web site. Does RankBrain determine how much Google will crawl your site...
- Google Report On HTTPS Adoption Within Google & The Top Web Sites
Google shared a new report in the Transparency Report for HTTPS both by Google properties and the top sites on the web. It appears that Google has encrypted 77% of their traffic to date but is aiming to go to 100%...
- Google Smartphone Crawler Will Drop iPhone User-Agent For Android
Google announced yesterday that they are updating their smartphone user-agent to a new user-agent on April 18th. The new user-agent drops the iPhone bit from the string and replaces it with Android...
- NASA & Google Analytics
Adam Singer from the Google Analytics teamed shared a photo of some of the folks from the Google Analytics team with someone from NASA. And one of them is wearing a space helmet. Very cool, don't you
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- #GoogleDoodle celebrates the 266th birthday of Caroline Herschel, pioneering…, Google+ - Google UK
- Is switching to https worth it?, WebmasterWorld
- New Facebook WordPress Plugin for Instant Articles, WebmasterWorld
- When Agencies should say No to Reputation Management Clients, localsearchforum.com