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Daily Search Forum Recap: January 11, 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 confirmed that its backlogged with manual actions that need to be processed. Google’s page experience update for desktop is coming next month. Google said links need to be indexed to be counted and even some pages that are indexed don’t count. Google Ads launched a new disapproved ads auditor tool. Google Ads local campaigns do not support ad scheduling. Google is testing web stories for NFL games in search and more.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google: Manual Actions Backlogged & Delayed Responses

    Danny Sullivan of Google confirmed on Twitter that there is or was a backlog of manual actions issued by Google. Google has been slow and delayed in responding to those manual actions but is working through the backlog.
  • Google Page Experience Update Coming To Desktop Soon

    This is just a reminder that the Google Page Experience Update for desktop pages is coming to a Google search ranking algorithm soon. Well, technically it is coming next month – in February and it is something you really don’t need to stress about.
  • Google: Links Have To Be On Indexed Pages To Be Counted & Not Also All Indexed Links Are Counted

    Google said it is okay to ignore toxic links that some tools are reporting but why? Well, we know that for a link to be counted by Google the page linking out needs to be indexed by Google in the first place. Plus, Google, since Penguin 4.0, doesn’t even count all links, even if they are on indexed pages.
  • Google Ads Local Campaigns Ad Scheduling Isn’t Allowed

    Did you know that your local campaigns in Google Ads can now be scheduled to turn on or off on certain days or time of the day? Anders Hjorth posted a cryptic error when trying to set a schedule for local campaigns in Google Ads that read “this operation is not allowed for the given context.”

  • Google Ads Disapproved Ads Auditor

    Google Ads has a new scaled ad auditing tool set of code you can download at GitHub and use in your own software systems for managing your ads. The Disapproved Ads Auditor tool helps you both flag and automatically delete ads that violating Google Ads policies on your accounts.
  • Google Tests Web Stories For NFL Games (In Place Of YouTube Videos)

    Google is testing displaying web stories in place of YouTube videos for searches on NFL games. Personally, I still see the YouTube videos but some folks, like NFL enthusiast Mordy Oberstein, is seeing Web Stories instead of YouTube videos.

  • Google Logo On Barbell Weight Plates

    We’ve seen Google label dumbbells in their gyms with the Google logo, but here is a photo (taken from a video) of the Google logo on the weight plates of the barbells. This was shared on Instagram, h

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Google Testing Search Results Without Descriptions Again

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Google Testing Search Results Without Descriptions Again


Google has confirmed it has been testing Google Search result listings without any descriptions, again. Google first tested this in 2015 and is now testing it again for the past couple of weeks.

Aishwarya Tapadar from Google confirmed this in a Google Web Search Help thread saying “this is a small experiment that will be ending in the next day or so.”

Here is a screenshot from that thread with what this looks like (click to enlarge):

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Aishwarya Tapadar from Google added “we appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.”

I am not a fan of search results without descriptions but I guess Google is collecting data for some legislation purposes?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.



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Google Algorithm Fluctuations, FLoC FLoPs, New Google Robots Tag & More

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Google Algorithm Fluctuations, FLoC FLoPs, New Google Robots Tag & More


This week, we had another unconfirmed Google search ranking update on January 22nd. Google has admitted defeat with its FLoC cookieless proposal and is now going with Topics API. Google launched a new robots tag named indexifembedded that controls indexing of embedded content. Google Search Console had an image search reporting bug it is working to fix, it is just a reporting issue. Google Ads has new tools to help you transfer from smart shopping and local campaigns to performance max. Google probably won’t go live with a label in the search results that meet the page experience update criteria. Newzdash data shows that 67% of Google search results have duplicated top stories and web search results. An SEO poll shows that most SEOs agree that if Google gave 100% transparency in the search results it would lead to poorer quality results. A dental office is named Dentist Near Me but is that a good local SEO strategy? We also have an SEO poll on near me queries. Google’s John Mueller said there is no schema for product images in search. Google launched a new search refinement named People Search Next. Google Maps now shows “updates from customers” which might be a concern for review management. Google is deprecating the Google My Business API on April 20th, it will be replaced. Google is once against testing search results without snippet descriptions. Google confirms it is testing showing favicons in the search ads. Google image search related colored theme design. Google is discontinuing Cameos on Google. Google AdSense is separating out YouTube earnings with other earnings. Google Assistant now lets us say “stop” without saying “hey Google” first.And if you want to help sponsor those vlogs, go to patreon.com/barryschwartz. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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Polestar At Google

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Polestar At Google


Here is a newish Polestar all electric car at the GooglePlex, the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

It was posted on Instagram where they wrote “Google’s Android Automotive OS was specifically designed for electric cars and Polestar is the first to have it.”

This post is part of our daily Search Photo of the Day column, where we find fun and interesting photos related to the search industry and share them with our readers.





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