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Daily Search Forum Recap: December 19, 2022

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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.


Google said there wouldn’t be another core update before the end of the year. We have some more details on the Google December 2022 link spam update, with some charts showing the hit. Google is testing grey links in the knowledge panel. Google learning video structured data no longer requires a text field. The Google Merchant Center policy added a link account suspension.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google December 2022 Link Spam Update’s Impact

    Last Wednesday, December 14th, Google began to roll out the December 2022 link spam update, and it seems, at least based on the chatter and tracking tools I follow, this link spam update has some teeth. I am seeing a nice number of real reports of sites feeling the impact in a big way and Google really being able to zone in on links it never did prior with other link algorithms.
  • Google: No Core Update During Remainder Of The Year

    Google’s John Mueller said that Google has no plans to release another core update in 2022. This was in response to a number of SEOs worrying that Google might release one by year’s end. John said on Twitter, “just to be clear, there’s no core update lined up for the rest of the year.”
  • Google Learning Video Structured Data Text Field Now Recommended But Not Required

    Google has updated its learning video structured data documentation to no longer require the text field for Problem walkthrough videos and clips, now it is just recommended.
  • Google Merchant Center Policy For Google Ads Linked Account Suspension

    Google posted an updated policy update in the Google Merchant Center section for a new “linked account suspension.” In short, this impacts a suspended Google Ads account linked to your Merchant Center account.
  • Google Search Knowledge Panel With Grey Links

    Google is testing a light gray colored font for the links in the Google Search knowledge panel box. Google often tests various font sizes and colors and is constantly testing small and large user interface changes in Google Search, so this test should be no surprise.
  • Vlog #202: Jessica Budde From Furry Fun Facts To Brewing Digital Marketing



    Jessica Budde was next to be interviewed and she has an amazing personality. She co-hosts the Marketing O’Clock podcast…

  • Custom Google Jenga Set

    Google still has a custom wooden Jenga set with their logo engraved into the wood pieces. We saw this back in 2015 but it is still around even several years later.

Other Great Search Threads:

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Other Great Search Stories:

Analytics

Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice

SEO

PPC

Search Features

Other Search

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Google Search Console Was Down Today

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Google Search Console seems to be down right now. If you try to access it, you will get a 500 server error. I suspect Search Console will be back up shortly but right now, if it is down for you, you are not alone.

Update: At 8:52 am ET Google Search Console is back, the tool was offline for about 50 minutes.

Google’s Daniel Waisberg is 100% aware of the issue. He responded to some posts about the issue, saying, “we’re working on it.” John Mueller from Google is also reposting Daniel’s posts on X.

Here is what it looked like when you tried to access it while it was down:

Gsc 500 Error Down

Search Console went down at about 8 am ET and returned at 8:52 am ET.

Here are the posts on X from Daniel Waisberg of Google on this issue:

Who knows, maybe we will have a new Search Console feature when it returns?

Here are some of the complaints:

Update: At 8:52 am ET Google Search Console is back, the tool was offline for about 50 minutes.



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Google Testing New Flight Prices Rich Result?

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Google may be testing a new type of rich result for flight prices. This test shows a section under the flight search snippet that contains the dates, trip details and price.

This was spotted by Antoine Eripret who was able to trigger this numerous times, over numerous days, while in Spain. Here is his screenshot he posted on X:

Google Flight Prices Rich Result Test

He also posted this video of this in action for me:

Google Flight Prices Rich Result Test

Recently Google told us not to put flight prices in titles because those prices change too quickly. Maybe Google is testing updating those prices in more real time through the use of structured data and is thus more confident to show them as rich results and not title elements?

I don’t think Google officially supports flight schema but maybe they will soon?

Forum discussion at X.



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Google Merchant Center Automatically Creating Promotions

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Google Merchant Center has been automatically creating and applying promotions to some of your products over the Black Friday holiday season. The truth is, Google has been doing this for some time, but more are noticing this now because there are a lot of discounts going around this season.

In fact, the new Merchant Center does a lot of things for you, automatically.

Rachel Lowell posted about this on X and shared this screenshot that shows “Your promotions are live on Google.” “Google found promotions on your website. You can remove this connection at any time,” Google added.

Google Merchant Center Auto Promotions

Greg Finn suggested, “If you’ve got BFCM sales setup – double, triple check those promos.”

Forum discussion at X.



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