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 may have pushed out another unconfirmed Google search ranking algorithm update on Friday, May 4th. Google made the SafeSearch filter classification system faster. Google Cloud is having issues with getting its translated pages indexed. Google says indexing issues can be spam related but probably not adult related. Google Shopping added a filter to buy from smaller stores. Google search has revamped the search results for the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. And I posted part two of my vlog with Taylor Kurtz on the topics of AMP, Apple Search and video SEO.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On March 4th – Unconfirmed
This past Friday, March 4, 2022, I noticed that the chatter within the SEO community started to heat up and then the day later, the automated search engine tracking tools started to show volatility. There may have been a Google search ranking algorithm update on March 4th.
- Google SafeSearch Filter Can Now Update Faster
Historically, the Google SafeSearch filter, i.e. the filter that weeds out adult content from the search results, was very slow in removing the SafeSearch label for a site or specific portion of the site. John Mueller of Google said this Friday that Google’s team took efforts to make this faster.
- Google Cloud Translated Pages Not Indexed By Google Search
Google Cloud’s web site is having issues being indexed in Google Search, specifically the translated pages. Last week, I reported about a webmaster asking about issues with translated content not being indexed by Google. It turned out that this was someone from the Google Cloud team asking John Mueller of Google for help.
- Google: Indexing Issues Can Be Old Spam Related But Likely Not Adult Content Related
Having issues with Google indexing your web pages? Google’s John Mueller said while Google may not index pages that are spammy, it will index pages that are adult oriented. John said if your domain had old spammy content on it and you took it over and removed the spam, you can still see your new page not being indexed as fast. But if the site had old adult content, you probably would not see indexing issues related to adult content.
- Google Shopping Filter By “Smaller Stores”
Google Shopping has a filter to show you products sold in “smaller stores.” I believe Google announced this back during the Google Marketing Live event last year but now it seems to be live where you can filter products in Google Shopping by stores that are classified as smaller.
- Google Search Results For Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
If you do a search for variations of Russia and Ukraine keywords together, Google will show you a search result page that seems to be tailored specific to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The search results not only include web results and news and videos, but it also has a section on the right for the estimated losses, photos and some more factual data around when it started and where it is taking place.
- Vlog #162: Taylor Kurtz On Google AMP & Apple Search & Video SEO
Taylor Kurtz (@realtaylorkurtz) is the Founder of Crush the Rankings and he stopped by my office to talk SEO. In part one, we spoke about his background in search, the gratitude he has in the industry and getting up early to work. In part two we speak about AMP…
- Scootering In The Google Washington DC Office
Here is a video I found on Instagram from the Google office in Washington D.C. where this Googler is scootering around the office. I made the video into a partial GIF, you can see the full video on In
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 Search New Box “Maps On This Topic” & “From Your Subscriptions”
Google Search is showing and maybe testing news and top stories related boxes with a headline that says “maps on this topic.” Also, Google can also know what publications you are subscribed to and show you “from your subscriptions” content as well.
Maps On This Topic
This Maps on this topic box is super unusual and it came up for a news query in Google Search for Shalom Goodman. He shared this screenshot on Twitter:
I mean, there are no maps here listed, so this is a bit weird to me?
From Your Subscriptions
I am not sure if this is new, but it seems Google Search knows what publications you are subscribed to and can show you a section of content you are subscribed to. So this is labeled “from your subscriptions.” This was spotted by Lily Ray who posted this screenshot on Twitter.