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Daily Search Forum Recap: January 5, 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 that the stock level of a product should not impact its rankings. Google also said that you do not need to nofollow links to internal pages that have sponsored content with affiliate links on them. Google may be showing more web stories in the top stories carousel. Google fixed an issue with Search Console’s user and permissions screens. I also posted the big Google webmaster report for January 2022 – do not miss it.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • January 2022 Google Webmaster Report

    Normally the month of December is not that busy because people take off for the holidays and such. But the past month was really not that calm at all. We had huge Google ranking volatility most of the past month, we had a confirmed three-week rollout of the December product reviews update, Google confirmed a local update and much more.
  • Google: Stock Levels Should Not Impact Search Rankings

    Google’s John Mueller was asked if stock levels can impact the ranking of products on an e-commerce site. John implied that the answer is no, he said “that seems unrelated, at least for normal search. It might impact product search but he is not sure if it will or won’t – but normal web search, it should not impact.
  • Google May Be Showing More Web Stories In Top Stories

    John Shehata shared a chart from his Newzdash service that showed how Google is showing more web stories in the top positions of the top stories carousel in the mobile search results. John said on Twitter “I am starting to see more and more web stories in Google Search Top Stories (News Box) carousels. The numbers are still small.”
  • Google: Rel Sponsored Not Needed For Internal Links To Affiliate Product Reviews

    You do not need to nofollow or use a rel sponsored attribute on your internal links, even if those internal links lead to sponsored reviews content with affiliate links to those products. Lily Ray asked Google’s John Mueller about this and John said while half away, the link attributes are not needed.
  • Google Search Console Users and Permissions Issue Fixed

    A few months ago we reported about a Google Search Console users permissions issue. Well, that issue is now resolved according to Caio Barros from Google. The issue seemed more like an issue with communicating the true access than a bug with access.
  • Google Search Console Office Corner

    Here is a photo from the Google Tel Aviv office, this is on the Search Console team floor, where Daniel Waisberg is based. He shared this photo on Twitter saying “Love this corner on the Search Consol

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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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Other Great Search Stories:

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Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Mobile & Voice

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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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