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Google Crawl Spikes After URL Parameter Tool Went Offline?

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Google Crawl Spikes After URL Parameter Tool Went Offline?

As you know, last week, on April 26th, Google disabled the URL parameter tool within Google Search Console and stopped respecting any of the rules added to that tool. Some are asking if the recent crawl spikes they saw with Googlebot was related to this change.

Dave Smart posted on Twitter charts showing his crawl activity spiking around this time. Of course, this can easily be unrelated to the URL parameter tool. It is almost impossible to isolate this crawl spike to the URL parameter tool. But Dave did say there were no other changes around this time.

Here are his tweets:

Glenn Gabe jumped in to say it is likely unrelated:

And John Mueller from Google agreed:

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Of course, anything is possible. I have heard from some others privately that they saw significant crawl spikes after the URL parameter tool went away – and yes, they used that tool heavily. But again, it is impossible to confirm without having access to Google’s end.

Have you noticed this as well? What do you all think?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Google Product Grid Results Are Organic

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Google Search Results Rolls Out Much More Visual Design

We’ve been seeing a lot of grid-like formats with products and shopping results. We know some are ads and some are organic. John Mueller of Google just added official Google representative confirmation that many of these are organic – if you don’t trust that there is no ad label on them as evidence enough.

The other day, Dan Shure posted on Twitter this screenshot (click it to enlarge) of this grid product format and said “This is quite the search result page – there are up to SIXTEEN products below a SINGLE organic listing (in addition to the image carousels) and desktop is infinite scroll.”

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Well, yea, these are organic. John responded on Twitter saying “They’re organic results too. This is one of the reasons it’s good to dig into our ecommerce site guidance if you sell products.”

Honestly, like I said before, I am not a huge fan of these grid formatted results for products. At least, they should be in some “click to expand” feature so you can see more. So show one line of these results with a click to expand. It is just too much in my opinion, even if Google is confident of the intent of the query.

Also, not all of these image snippets need markup to work, although these with the pricing and reviews probably do…

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Source: www.seroundtable.com

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