Google Sends Notifications of HTTP/2 Googlebot Crawling

Google Sends Notifications of HTTP/2 Googlebot Crawling

Google announced that it is sending out notices to let publishers know that Google has begun crawling their websites with the advanced HTTP/2 protocol. The notice is only being sent…

WordPress Now Offers Website Development

The commercial arm of WordPress announced they were entering the website building business. The announcement was generally not well received by the WordPress web development community. Many softened their response…

How to Remove Date Snippets from Search Results?

Someone asked a great question in a recent Google SEO office-hours about preventing Google from showing published dates in the search result. Mueller recommended what to do in that situation…

Does Using Disavow Signal that a Site is Shady? via @martinibuster

Something that’s been somewhat unclear is if using the disavow creates a flag that a site might be suspicious. That’s the question that John Mueller answered in a recent Google…

Google Ads Salesperson Alleged to Link Organic Ranking to Ad Spend

A member of the search community alleged in a tweet that her client was explicitly told by Google that spending more on pay per click (PPC) advertising would improve their…

Google on Improving Core Web Vitals Score by Blocking Countries

Martin Splitt, in a JavaScript SEO Office Hours video answered a question on improving Core Web Vitals score by blocking countries with slow Internet. The idea is that blocking those…

Google’s Smith Algorithm Outperforms BERT

Google recently published a research paper on a new algorithm called SMITH that it claims outperforms BERT for understanding long queries and long documents. In particular, what makes this new…

Google Explains What URL Removals Tool Does

Google’s John Mueller answered a tweet about the URL Removal Tool and why it wasn’t working how it was expected to. The question was in the context of a site…

Research Exposes Role of Pricing on User Ratings

A new study from the Harvard Business School proposes that price increases may have a negative effect on consumer ratings. This effect is seen in both high end and lower…

WordPress All in One SEO Auto Updates Cause Backlash

According to user reports, All in One SEO plugin for WordPress unilaterally turned on automatic updates. The auto updates coincided with a major upgrade which in turn caused multiple sites…