Daily Search Forum Recap: October 18, 2018

Oct 18, 2018 - 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:

  • Google Tests Large Slideshow Images For Local Pack Results
    Google is testing large images that you can swipe through in a slideshow mode for the local pack results. We saw this being tested for hotel related results but now some are seeing it for normal local results as well.
  • Is GoogleBot Able Scroll Down Your Page?
    Another debate came up based on what Google's Gary Illyes said at PubCon and what Google's John Mueller said previously. Gary Illyes said GoogleBot is not able to scroll down your page, whereas John Mueller said GoogleBot can scroll a bit.
  • Google: We Render 98% Of Crawled Pages But It Can Take Weeks
    Google's Gary Illyes said at PubCon that they are able to fully render 98% or more of the web pages they crawl. With that he also added rendering takes longer than normal crawling and indexing. He said it can take days to a few weeks to fully render a page from the time it was crawled.
  • Google: Do Not Use Hashtags In URLs
    You know I just reported yesterday that Google's John Mueller confirmed that the AJAX crawling scheme has really been deprecated. The same day, Gary Illyes from Google in one of his slides at PubCon said "no # in URLs" and said on stage "do not use hashtags in URLs."
  • Google Supports Noscript Tag For Images But Not Sure About Web Content?
    Yesterday at PubCon, Gary Illyes from Google said you can use the noscript tag as a way to give Google more content around your lazy loaded images. I was always under the impression that Google ignored the noscript tag, at least for the past few years. In fact, John Mueller said it as recently as the other day.
  • Chrometoberfest Cake
    I am not sure what Chrometoberfest is but someone at the Google office baked a blue cake with it printed in white frosting on it. It says Chrometoberfest on the cake - so maybe it is a new thing?

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