This past month in Google webmaster and SEO news was pretty busy. We had a Halloween search algorithm update that still seems to be creeping around. We also had another few updates including Google saying they are going to make tweaks to the news algorithm. Google+ is shutting down, Google launched their Home Hub and discover feed and so much more.
We saw numerous Google updates this past month, listed below. We saw Google try to address some of those who were hit. Google shared a bunch of SEO advice as well. Google Search Console stats feature is rolling out now. And there is just so much more.
The ongoing WebmasterWorld thread still has SEOs and webmasters chattering about the Halloween update, it seems very unstable right now and things are currently in flux there.
If you missed last month’s report, see over here.
Here is the recap of the more important stories for the past 30-days or so:
Google Algorithm Updates:
- Google Halloween Ranking Update: Possible Targeted Update Yesterday?
- Google Search Rankings Seems Unstable; More Algorithm Tweaks Or Penalties?
- October 16, 2018 Google Search Algorithm Update
- Google Search Algorithm Ranking Update Again On October 8th & 9th?
- Google Search Algorithm Ranking Shuffling On October 4th
- Google Updates Us On Search Updates Communication
- Google News Update Coming To Help Publishers Can’t Find Their Articles
- Google To Investigate Google News Publishers Concerns Over Discovery
- Google Listens & Responds To A Site That Lost 60% Of Their Traffic After An Algorithm Update
- Google+ Is Shutting Down: How Will It Impact SEOs?
- Google Cache Bug With Mobile-First Indexing Now Fixed
- SEOs Turn To EAT After Recent Google Algorithm Updates
- Google Wants SEOs To Tell Them How They Can Do Better With Search Results Snippets
- Google Asks What Do SEOs Do? Help Us Highlight Your Work.
Googlers Disagrees About Removing vs Improving Content For Google Ranking Benefit
- Google Link Penalty Can Remove Rich Snippets/Results
- Google On Lazy Loading Scroll Events For Search – Very Interesting…
- Is GoogleBot Able Scroll Down Your Page?
- Google Supports Noscript Tag For Images But Not Sure About Web Content?
- Google: We Will Close The Gap On Modern Browsers & GoogleBot
- Is Google’s PageRank Algorithm Still Important For Google Search Rankings?
- Google Has Fully Deprecated AJAX Crawling Scheme
- Google: We Treat Quotes The Same As Standard Text
- Google: Mobile-First Indexing Unrelated To Search Ranking Algorithm Changes
- Google: Crawl Rate Increases Can Be Related To Mobile-First Indexing Switch
- Google: Word Count, Link Count, Anchor Text Ratios Are Not Indicative Of Quality
- Google: Other Sites Outranking You For Your Content While Sourcing You
Google Search Console:
- Google Search Console Stats Within Search Results To Site Owners Rolling Out
- Google: We Fixed Over 50 Bugs In Search Console Over Past Month
- New Google Search Console Fix Slow Page Loading Notices
- Google Search Console Pipeline Issues Cause Reporting Delays
- Old Google Search Console Sitemap Bug With Mobile-First Indexing
- Google Home Hub – Google Assistant With A Display
- Google My Business Adds Setting For Google Assistant Calls Over Duplex
- Google Warns They Will Test Google Assistant’s Duplex Next Month
- Speakable Markup For Publishers Not Supported On Google Home Hub
- Google Assistant Gets Redesign & Enables Money Transactions
Google User Interface:
- The Google Home Page Now Has Discover Feed
- Google People Also Search In Local Search Results
- Google Shows Two Featured Snippets For One Query
- Google Designs Claim This Knowledge Panel Button
- Google Tests Expandable Sitelinks In Search Results
- Google Tests Large Slideshow Images For Local Pack Results
- Google Local Pack Results Add Book & Schedule Buttons
- Google My Business Future Opening Dates For Businesses That Did Not Open Yet
- Google My Business Insights Shows Branded Searches Now
- Google Separates Out Addresses & Services Areas For Local Service Businesses
- Google My Business Removes Addresses From Some Service Area Businesses
- Google Redesigns Hotel Search Results After Lots Of Testing
- Google My Business Cards In Google Maps Results
- Google My Business Personal Account Migration To Organizational Account Tool
- Google My Business Products Beta Lets You Add Products To Your Local Listings
- Google Local Panel Shows Products & Services Section
- New Google My Business Clear Option For Attributes