Daily Search Forum Recap: November 5, 2020

Nov 5, 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:

  • Google Search Ranking Algorithm Disturbance On November 4th
    Over the past few days there has been chatter within the SEO industry about a possible Google Search ranking algorithm update. It may have started around November 3rd and continued through November 4th and today, November 5th. Google has not confirmed anything but between the SEO chatter and the tracking tools - there may have been a disturbance in the force.
  • Google One-On-One On Why Rankings Go Up But Traffic & Clicks Down
    Valerie Stimac, a travel blogger, complained on Twitter that while her site's content is ranking better than ever in Google Search, the traffic numbers from Google Search are down. She wrote "this is a classic case of Google's erosion of organic traffic: position is UP in the current period over last year, but CTR is down, impressions are down almost 50%, and clicks are down 70%!"
  • For Google To Publish Content, It Requires A Code Push
    Google said that when it publishes content on its sites, like the developer documents (or maybe even blog), it requires a code push for it to deploy on the site. That does not surprise me at all that Google does not use a CMS platform for this part.
  • Google: Home Page Outranking Internal Pages For Deeper Keywords
    John Mueller from Google was asked why does Google sometimes rank a home page for a specific keyword phrase when there is a deeper page in the site that answers that query better. The home page is more generic and covers a wider topic but there is a more specific page to better answer the query off the home page.
  • Google Search Console Misclassified Discover As Video Performance Data
    Google has documented that on October 28, 2020 it has, in some cases, misclassified some Google Discover data as video in the Performance report after it has been fixed. This may result in "a drop in your Discover report's video appearance statistics," Google said.
  • Google Analytics Team Did An Escape Game In A Space Bus?
    In February 2019 I found this photo of where I think some of the folks from the Google Analytics team went to EscapeSF, an escape room game facility in San Francisco. This is a photo of them in what t

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