Daily Search Forum Recap: November 29, 2021

Nov 29, 2021 - 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.

After we missed deadline after deadline with Google's mobile first indexing switch over, Google said they are dropping the deadline completely. Google said a site can sometimes be stuck between algorithm updates and be penalized for several years - it is rare. Google said site speed is not a reason why a site would see a huge drop in rankings. Microsoft Bing sends penalty and violation clarifications via email. Google is taking precautionary action during the Omicron variant of COVID with its support team. And I have a vlog with the guy who does the video editing of the vlog.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google: Sites Can Be Stuck In Algorithm Penalty Limbo For Several Years (Rare)
    Google's John Mueller said in this past Friday's hangout that in rare situations some sites can get stuck in some sort of algorithmic penalty limbo or black hole state and not be able to recover because Google stopped updating that algorithm. He said this can lead to some sites not being able to recover for several years.
  • Google Drops The Deadline For Mobile-First Indexing
    On Friday, Google's John Mueller announced Google is doing away with the deadline for sites to switch over to mobile-first indexing. Some sites just can't move over yet and Google won't force them by giving them a deadline that it will continue to push off.
  • Google: Site Speed Is Not Why A Site Would See Significant Changes In Search Visibility
    Google has once again said that if you see significant changes in your Google search visibility it likely has nothing to do with how fast or slow your site is. John said in a hangout last Friday, "I would not assume that making a website from really slow to really fast would cause a significant rise in visibility."
  • Bing Violation Of Webmaster Guidelines Email
    The other day we shared a screenshot of an email of an email notification when a website is no longer in violation of Bing's webmaster guidelines and thus is no longer blocked. Today I wanted to share an email that tells a site owner that their site is still in violation of the Bing Webmaster Guidelines.
  • Google Takes Precautionary Health Measures Due To COVID & Omicron
    If you visit the Google Support pages, any of them, at support.google.com, you will see a banner at the top come up again. The banner says "as a precautionary health measure for our support specialists in light of COVID-19, we're operating with a limited team."
  • Vlog Episode #147: Joseph Goldsmith On Video Production, Vlog Editing & Filming
    This is a very special vlog, I interviewed the very person who has been editing these videos for the past couple of years, Joseph Goldsmith. And we did it overlooking the George Washington Bridge, from the Fort Lee Historic Park...
  • YouTube Thanksgiving - Friendsgiving at Google NYC
    Here is a set of photos I found on Instagram the other day where I think Googlers got together to put food together to be delivered for Thanksgiving. Lisa Nguyen who posted this said
  • Google Doodle For Seasonal Holidays
    Google has this interesting Christmas looking Doodle on its home page today with the alt tag that says Seasonal Holidays 2021. When you click on it, it goes to a query for [seasonal holidays]. Tonight is Chanukah, so maybe that is why they put up the Christmas decorations logo?

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