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Google Issues With Indexing / Serving New Content

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Google is having issues with indexing and serving new content within Google Search. The issues started around 2 p.m. ET and have been sporadically happening since then. I personally have been seeing new content come up randomly, but most of my queries do not show new content.

Google has confirmed the issue at 7:49 pm ET (after we posted our stories) saying, “There’s an ongoing issue that’s delaying the indexing of newly published content. We’re working on identifying the root cause.”

Google said this is an indexing issue, not a serving issue but it seems more serving than indexing to me but I do not work at Google.

I first spotted this issue from Edward Hyatt, Director of Newsroom SEO at the Wall Stree Journal, who posted the issue on Twitter:

Here are examples of site command restricted to show only content in the past hour and normally this would show news articles but in these cases Google is not.

In fact, the story I published about this on Search Engine Land 20 minutes ago is still not being served by Google Search:

Sel Site Google Command

And Google Search Console is saying this article is indexed but Google Search is not serving it. So it seems like a serving and not an indexing issue:

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45 minutes later, this piece of content is now showing for me in the Google search results:

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Here are other sites:

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Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, said Google is investigating these sporadic reports:

With all the Google updates rolling now, this is not great timing for indexing or serving issues…

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Update: This is now resolved:



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Google Hanukkah Decorations Are Live For 2023

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Google Hanukkah 2023

Hanukkah (aka Chanukah) starts this coming Thursday night, December 7th. Google has added its Hanukkah decorations to the Google Search results interface to celebrate. Google does this every year and I expect to see the same rollout in the coming weeks for Christmas and Kawanzaa but for now, since Chanukah is in the coming days, we have the Hanukkah decorations live at Google Search.

Here is a screenshot of the Chanukah decorations as they look like on the mobile search results.

Google Hanukkah Decorations 2023

You can see it yourself by searching on Google for [chanukah], [hanukkah], but not yet [חֲנוּכָּה‎] or other spelling variations yet but it should soon. It looks better on mobile than it does on desktop results.

To see the past, the 2023 decorations, 2021 decorations, 2020 Chanukah decorations, 2019 Google holiday decorations, the 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and so on.

Happy Chanukah, everyone!

Forum discussion at X.

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Google Pay Accepted Icons In Google Search Results

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Google seems to be testing a Google Pay Accepted label or icon in the Google search results. This label has the super G logo followed by the words “Pay accepted” words next to search result snippets that support Google Pay and notate such in their structured data.

This was first spotted by Khushal Bherwani who shared some screenshots of this on X – here is one:

G Pay Accepted Google Search

Here are some more screenshots:

Brodie Clark also posted some screenshots after on X:

Google Pay Accepted Google Search

I tried to replicate this but I came up short.

This is not the first time Google had similar icons like this in its search results.

Forum discussion at X.



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Google Discover Showing Older Content Since Follow Feature Arrived

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Typically, Google Discover shows content that is less than a day old, but it can show content that is weeks, months, or even years old. However, typically, Google will show more recent content in the Discover feed. Well, that may have changed with the new Google follow feature.

Glenn Gabe, who is a very active Google Discover user, noticed that since the Follow feature rolled out, he has been seeing content that is weeks and months old way more often than before the follow feature rolled out. Glenn wrote on X that “this could also be playing a role. i.e. Google isn’t providing as much recent content, but instead, focusing on providing targeted content based on the topics you are following.”

It makes sense that if you follow a specific topic and if Google Discover only shows the most authoritative types of content, it might be hard for Google to find new content on that topic. So it does make sense that Google may show older content more often for that specific topic you follow.

Here are screenshots Glenn shared:

Google Discover Old Stories Follow

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Have you noticed this in your Discover feed?

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