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Google Adds New Troubleshooting For Title Links & Valid Page Metadata Help Documentation

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Google Adds New Troubleshooting For Title Links & Valid Page Metadata Help Documentation

Google said it has added a new help document for the use valid page metadata and also added a new section to the title link help document with troubleshooting. These additions were made this morning, May 10, 2022.

New Troubleshooting Title Links

Google added a new section to the current title link help document – it is for troubleshooting common issues. The document says “here are the most common issues we see with title links in search results.”

The new content seems to be the “No clear main headline” of this troubleshooting section. Originally it was named “Avoid common issues with title elements” but Google renamed it to “Troubleshooting common issues” and added the “No clear main headline” section.

No clear main headline reads “When there’s more than one large, prominent headline, and it isn’t clear which text is the main headline for the page. For example, a page has two or more headlines that use the same styling or heading elements. If Google Search detects that there are multiple large, prominent headlines, it may use the first headline as the text for the title link. Consider ensuring that your main headline is distinctive from other text on a page and stands out as being the most prominent on the page (for example, using a larger font, putting the headline in the first visible h1 element on the page, etc).”

Here are those common issues (click to enlarge):

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New Valid Page Metadata

In addition to the above change, Google also added a new help document for Using valid page metadata ensures that Google can process the HTML markup of your pages. Google tries to understand HTML even when it is invalid or inconsistent with the HTML standard, but errors in the markup can cause problems with your website in Google Search. For example, if you use an invalid element in the

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, Google ignores any elements that appear after the invalid element.

Here is a screenshot of this page (click to enlarge):

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Source: www.seroundtable.com

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New Google Rich Results Guidelines Prevent Prohibited, Regulated Or Harmful Products

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New Google Rich Results Guidelines Prevent Prohibited, Regulated Or Harmful Products

Google Search has added new content guidelines to the rich results help document. These new guidelines directly disallow you to markup product or content that are widely prohibited or regulated, or that can facilitate serious harm to self or others. Google said it will simply not show rich results on such products.

Product examples include firearms & weapons, recreational drugs, tobacco, vaping products, gambling-related products and other products that can pose acute threats of physical harm.

The new guidelines were posted over here and read:

Don’t mark up content that promotes widely prohibited or regulated goods, services, or information that may facilitate serious and/or immediate or long term harm to self or others. This includes content related to firearms & weapons, recreational drugs, tobacco & vaping products and gambling-related products.

This new policy is effective already and I assume you will soon, if not already, not see rich results in Google Search for these types of products. This includes Google not showing star ratings, prices, or availability information and so on.

Google told me “this policy change will align the rich snippets feature with other Search surfaces that display product information from merchants, to help provide consistency and clarity.”

Google will not issue manual actions in Google Search Console for violation of this guidelines, Google will simply will just not show the rich results in Google Search.

Here is a screenshot from Glenn Gabe of it already going missing for sites:

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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