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Google Does Not Understand If Content Is Equivalent When In A Different Language

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Google Does Not Understand If Content Is Equivalent When In A Different Language


Google’s John Mueller said in an SEO hangout last Friday that it is impossible for Google to understand that one piece of content is equivalent to another piece of content when those content pieces are in different languages. So Google is basically trusting the hreflang attribute provided by publishers.

Google’s John Mueller was asked how does Google measure the similarity of pages at the 26:28 mark into this video. John said “we don’t.” Google just uses the “hreflang to understand which of these URLs are equivalent from your point of view and we will swap those out,” John said. John added “for hreflang, I think it’s impossible for us to understand that this specific content is equivalent for another country or another language.” John basically said Google cannot understand this.

Here is the transcript:

AUDIENCE: OK, so how does Google measure the similarity of pages?

JOHN MUELLER: I think we don’t. I think we basically use the hreflang to understand which of these URLs are equivalent from your point of view. And we will swap those out.

AUDIENCE: Oh, OK, so not from the content point of view, maybe some–

JOHN MUELLER: No.

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AUDIENCE: — similar content.

JOHN MUELLER: No, I — we would only do that for things like the rel canonical to understand what the canonical URL is. But for hreflang, I think it’s impossible for us to understand that this specific content is equivalent for another country or another language. Like, there are so many local differences that are always possible.

Here is how Glenn Gabe summed it up:

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Super interesting, which leads us to my next article which will be live in 10 minutes on why doesn’t Google use MUM for this understanding?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Unusual Spike In Google Business Profile Insights Traffic For Some

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Google Business Profile Performance Metrics With Products

There are some reports that in some industries, like the auto dealership industry, there is a bug with Google Business Profile insights reporting. There shows a large and unaccounted-for spike in traffic from Google Local and Google Maps for some of these businesses in these Google reports.

There are two threads about this in the Local Search Forums – I spotted this via @keyserholiday. One local SEO named George Nenni wrote, “We track GBP searches, views and actions for around 200 new car retailers, through a Jepto API into Data Studio. We are noticing more than half of these profiles received strange spikes in searches and views, but not actions. It is the same data we are seeing directly in the GBP dashboard (attached). We track separate profiles for sales, service, parts and body shop departments for each dealer. The issue is only happening with the nested department listings.”

He shared this chart from the Insights report in Google Business Profiles:

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Another local SEO, Annika Neudecker wrote, “We track our GBP insights for our locations every month to watch growth and trends over time. I pulled my September data this morning and found a very curious change in the reported searches. It appears that the reported Direct searches increased significantly (about +1 mil) while Discovery searches fell by nearly exactly the same amount. This makes me wonder if Google has switched up how it counts Direct and Discovery searches for GBP listings. We haven’t made any changes to our listings which would prompt a big change in how they’re being found.”

Jason Brown thinks it might be a bug or maybe both. He said, “Bots or bug? Car dealerships saw huge spikes in views, but no clicks.”

I am guessing bots?

Forum discussion at Local Search Forums.

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