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.
I am seeing signs of an unconfirmed Google search ranking update, I don’t think it is related to the page experience update. Google Shopping is testing messaging with customers within Google Merchant Center. Google is testing three image links in search ads. Google still is not going to recognize SEOs or give them official stamp of approvals and certification. Google said absolute or relative links are not slower or faster.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On February 24th (Unconfirmed)
I am seeing new signs of a possible, but yet, unconfirmed Google Search ranking algorithm update that seemed to touch down on Thursday, February 24th. To be honest, this is most likely unrelated to the desktop version of the page experience update that started on Thursday, February 22nd.
- Google Testing Messaging For Google Shopping & Google Merchant Center
Google seems to be testing a form of messaging between businesses and merchants that use Google Merchant Center. Google said in an email to some Google Merchants that it is testing a “new messaging pilot to help you connect with customers and improve your sales through Google Shopping.”
- Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Page Experience Update For Desktop, Shopping Experience Scorecard, Stronger Pirate Update & Google Ads Latency
This week was packed with algorithm and ranking topics but not the typical unconfirmed Google updates. We had Google officially begin rolling out the desktop version of the page experience update…
- Google Tests Three Image Links In Mobile Search Ads
Google is testing an ad format, that I think is new, where it has three images in the ad, all that link to different landing pages. So if you click on one image, it takes you to one unique URL, if you click on a different image in the ad, it takes you to a different unique URL.
- Google SEO Recognition Or Stamp Of Approvals Does Not Exist
Google’s John Mueller if a claim found on an SEO website that says “recognized by Google as an agencies as SEO specialists in SEO for Real Estates” is legit. The answer is no, Google does not provide certification or approvals for SEO agencies.
- Google Link Speed Difference Between Absolute Vs Relative Links – Nah…
Is there a speed difference between using absolute versus relative links and if so, does it matter to Google. I am pretty sure there is no speed difference and I am confident that either way, it won’t matter for Google SEO reasons.
- Happy Googler at Google
Here is a smiley Googler standing in front of a Google sign whiteboard at the Google Dublin office. She looks happy and she has been at Google for two and a half years as a Senior Digital Marketing C
Other Great Search Threads:
Search Engine Land Stories:
Other Great Search Stories:
Industry & Business
Links & Content Marketing
Local & Maps
Mobile & Voice
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Google Product Review Updates Still Get Periodic Updates
Just a reminder, since I am seeing this question come up often. The Google product reviews update is updated periodically, just like with core updates. Google will run them every now and then as it sees fit, so far, Google confirmed five different product review updates.
Danny Sullivan of Google said this again last week on Twitter saying “It’s still a periodic refresh situation.” He referenced his old tweet that said “At the moment, there’s a periodic refresh. Unlike with core updates, we might not always post when a refresh happens given the more limited nature of content involved here. So overall, sites should consider the advice & keep working to it (true of core updates as well!).”
As you can see, Google might not confirm all runs of the product review update.
It’s still a periodic refresh situation. See: https://t.co/0gJccmGeoV
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) September 21, 2022
Here are the dates for the five previous Product Reviews Updates, keep in mind, number five is still rolling out.
Forum discussion at Twitter.
Note: This was pre-written and scheduled to be posted today, I am currently offline for Rosh Hashanah.
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