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Daily Search Forum Recap: January 10, 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.


Many SEOs said they will buy links in 2022 despite Google’s webmaster guidelines. Google Ads now allows sports betting ads in New York State, now that is a gamble. Google said you can ignore threats asking for do-follow links. Google is testing tending videos in the search results. Google Ads is testing a new live chat design. And I posted a vlog with Riley Hope on the ethics of SEO and automotive SEO.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Many SEOs Will Buy Links In 2022 Despite Google’s Webmaster Guidelines

    Tim Soulo from ahrefs posted a Twitter poll asking will you pay money to get links in 2022? Sadly, someone spammed the poll but I recreated it and it clearly shows that many, almost half of SEOs, are planning on buying and paying for links in 2022.

  • Google Ads Allows Sports Gambling Ads In New York Now

    Google Ads, as of this past Saturday, January 8, 2022, is allowing certified and state-licensed entities in New York to run ads for sports betting. This was previously disallowed but now that the state Gaming Commission in New York changed the rule, it is now allowed in New York State.
  • Google Tests Trending Videos In Mobile Search

    Google is testing a new trending videos section in the mobile search results. This one was spotted by Khushal Bherwani and he posted a video cast of a list of videos titled “trending salad videos.” Here is that screenshot:

  • Google Ads Live Chat Design Update

    Google has updated the design for the Google Ads live chat help box. Brett Bodofsky picked up on the change and to be honest, I have not used this chat box in a long time, so I do not know what changed exactly but I trust Brett.

  • Google: Ignore Threats For Do-Follow Links

    Google’s John Mueller said you can ignore threats and blackmail emails from people who demand do-follow links. John said on Reddit when asked about these threats “ignore it, it’s just spam.”
  • Vlog #154: Riley Hope On Ethics in SEO & Automotive SEO



    Riley Hope came to visit me at my office in October to talk SEO. Riley started in SEO by doing unpaid internships for non-profits after high school…

  • Google NYC Rooftop Snow

    Friday we got our first real snow of the season in the New York City region. Here is a photo from one of the rooftops at Google’s NYC office showing the snow hit the city. The city often doesn’t get

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Google Can Assign Multiple Languages Per Page

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Google Can Assign Multiple Languages Per Page


Google generally likes you to stick with one language per page, that isn’t to say you cannot use different pages throughout your site with different languages. But if you do not listen and you put multiple languages on a page, Google can assign multiple languages to that page, said John Mueller of Google.

John Mueller said this at the 58:45 minutes where he said “We will still try to focus on the primary language if we can determine one. If we can’t determine one primary languages then we might use like multiple languages and assign that to the page.”

He then explains this in more detail saying “and you can sometimes see that if you do something like a site query for your website and then go into the advanced search settings and specify language. Then you can sometimes see like which language is being recognized for my website. And if you try other languages you might see that oh it’s being recognized for Dutch and English Which doesn’t mean that it has less weight in Dutch, it’s just well we recognize that it’s like a mix. And from that point of view it’s kind of something you can kind of double check there.”

He said he sees this sometimes with destination and vacation sites, he said “I think the one situation i would watch out for is if your page is recognized as being in a language that is not correct. Like for example, if you have an English website on vacation homes in Spain and all the addresses are in Spanish and all the place names are in Spanish and we think the whole page is only in Spanish then it will be hard for us to rank that page if someone is searching for vacation homes in Spain because we think oh this is all in Spanish this is not English what what this person is looking for.”

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Daily Search Forum Recap: January 25, 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.


We spotted a dental clinic with the business name “dentist near me” – is that a good thing to name your business with near me in the name? Google’s John Mueller said it can assign multiple languages per page. Google Ads is actually testing emojis in its search ads, which is against its own guidelines. Newzdash reports that 67% of all Google searches have duplicate top stories to web result URLs.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Business Name “Keyword Near Me” Might Not Be A Great Idea

    Chris Tweten posted a photo the other day on Twitter of a dental office sign with its company name – the company name is named “Dentist Near Me.” Of course, the SEOs in all of you are thinking, oh, this dental practice wants to rank for all [near me] related dental queries.
  • SEO Poll On Near Me Optimization Is Mixed

    Brodie Clark posted a Twitter poll asking “is optimizing a website for search term variations that include “near me” good practice for SEO?” The results were pretty almost evenly split amongst “yes” and “no”, with more people leaning to “it depends.”
  • Google Confirms Testing Emojis In Some Search Ads

    Google has confirmed it is officially testing placing emojis in some search ads. Darcy Burk spotted a pizza emoji on a search ad for Uber Eats and posted the screenshot on Twitter. Ginny Marvin of Google on the Ads Liaison Twitter account confirmed Google is testing placing emojis in some search ads.
  • Google May Assign Multiple Languages Per Page

    Google generally likes you to stick with one language per page, that isn’t to say you cannot use different pages throughout your site with different languages. But if you do not listen and you put multiple languages on a page, Google can assign multiple languages to that page, said John Mueller of Google.
  • 67% Of Google Searches Have Duplicate Top Stories & Web Results URLs; Newzdash

    Last week we broke the news that Google does some form of deduplication of the top stories and web results in some situations. John Shehata released some data from his Newzdash product showing that 67% of all Google searches have duplicate top stories to web result URLs and about 12% of top stories URLs get duplicated in the web search results.
  • Toddler Shredding Tricycle At GooglePlex Parking Lot

    Here is a photo of a kid, maybe of toddler age, shredding out his tricycle at the Google parking lot in Mountain View, California. I guess the parking lot is empty these days, so it is a good place t

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SEO Poll On Near Me Optimization

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SEO Poll On Near Me Optimization


Brodie Clark posted a Twitter poll asking “is optimizing a website for search term variations that include “near me” good practice for SEO?” The results were pretty almost evenly split amongst “yes” and “no”, with more people leaning to “it depends.”

The poll has over 1,000 votes and goes well with the story from earlier today about how naming your business “near me” with a keyword phrase might not be the best idea.

Here are the poll results:

I just find it funny that most of these SEO polls about should you do X or Y almost never have strong confidence in either answer.

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