Daily Search Forum Recap: August 25, 2020

Aug 25, 2020 - 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:

  • New Google AdSense Reporting
    Google announced it is rolling out new AdSense reporting that will "enable publishers to make decisions to grow their businesses by providing information and insights about their monetization performance, audience and content," Google said. This is rolling out in the next week or two, I do not personally see it yet.
  • Google: The 2004 Sandbox Ranking Theory Was Likely About Indexing
    The Google Sandbox theory started in early 2004, where new sites would not rank well for a while. Well, Gary Illyes and his Google friends spoke about it in the latest Search Off the Record podcast. In short, Gary said he thinks it wasn't a ranking related thing but a symptom from how Google's index worked back then.
  • Google Tests Line Separators Between Search Results Again
    We see Google testing line separators between the Google search results every now and then. We saw it twice in 2015 and every now and then since. Here is another attempt at doing these dividers in the Google search results.
  • Do SEOs Blindly Believe Google's John Mueller
    There is this Reddit thread asking if you blindly believe and follow what John Muller of Google says. So John actually shared this thread on Twitter and added Twitter poll asking the question. I reshared it, as did dozens of others and there are thousnads of responses.
  • Google Search Console Performance Report Data Hints At Featured Snippet Filters
    Fairly recently Google told us we should not expect to see a filter to see featured snippet related data in our performance reports in Search Console. But then we saw the that Google started showing #:~:text= url parameters in the reports for image results and now Glenn Gabe is seeing them for web results.
  • Google Search Snippet Shows "X Topics Include"
    Kevin Webster shared this screen shot of a Google search result snippet. The snippet says "4 topics include" and then shows those four topics. It pulled from the header tags on the page he said. I think this specific snippet is newish but Google has been doing these types of smart snippets for years.
  • Mask Wearing At Google Austin Near The Cowboy Android
    We've seen plenty of photos of the cowboy Android statue figurine at the Google Austin office. But this is the first time I have seen someone wearing a mask near the cowboy. I guess it is best to be

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