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Daily Search Forum Recap: September 20, 2021

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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 may have had yet another unconfirmed Google search ranking algorithm update the end of last week. Google has upset the automotive industry with new search features that may hurt car dealers. Google explained the importance of author bylines for articles. Google also said it doesn’t make sense to remove old news articles from news sites. Also, I am offline the next two days for a holiday – all stories over the next two days will be prescheduled.

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Google Product Reviews Update Not Designed To Work On Reviews Of Places Or Things

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Google Product Reviews Update Not Designed To Work On Reviews Of Places Or Things


Lily Ray asked John Mueller of Google if the product reviews update work also for reviews of places or things. For example, think about comparing universities, online courses, vacation locations, etc. John Mueller said no, “I suspect not, since these aren’t really products,” he said.

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There are tons of affiliate sites that do reviews outside of the product space. So product review sites may review laptops, best camera for 2022, best pair of pants for bloggers, etc. While there are affiliates who create niche sites for reviews of universities, credit cards, vacation rentals, nursing homes and the list goes on – it is infinite. Any one who provides an affiliate program for anything would we elgible.

But when it comes to the product reviews update, that is focused on actual product.

Forum discussion at Twitter.





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You Can Now Tell Google Assistant To Stop Without Hey Google

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You Can Now Tell Google Assistant To Stop Without Hey Google


How many times are you on client calls or meetings and then your Google Assistant device goes off. Then you scramble to say “hey Google — stop.” Well, now all you need to do is say “Stop” and Google will stop, even if you do not first say “Hey Google.”

This comes via Google on Twitter who wrote “Helpful new Google Assistant feature alert! Want your smart display or speaker to stop talking? Just say “stop” — no #HeyGoogle needed.”

This is something I felt most SEOs and PPCers would want to know about before their next client call.

Forum discussion at Twitter.





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Most SEOs Think 100% Google Algorithm Transparency Would Lead To Worse Search Results

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Most SEOs Think 100% Google Algorithm Transparency Would Lead To Worse Search Results


Google has often said that if they shared the full details of how its search algorithms and ranking factors would work, it would lead to abuse and poorer quality results. It seems like most SEOs agree with that sentiment.

A poll by Azeem asked “If Google were to be 100% transparent about how to rank organically and its ranking factors, would the SERPs be” better or worse. And the vast majority of SEOs who took the poll said worse. About 80% of the 400 plus results said worse.

Here is the poll on Twitter:

I would agree, if you gave over these details, spammers would 100% abuse it and it would lead to poorer quality search results.

Forum discussion at Twitter.





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