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Google Said Linking To WhatsApp Phone Numbers Is Not A Bad SEO Practice

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Google Said Linking To WhatsApp Phone Numbers Is Not A Bad SEO Practice

Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter that it is not a bad SEO practice to link to your WhatsApp number on your site. This is despite what some SEO toolsets say, linking to a WhatsApp number, phone number or fax number is fine and Google does not judge your site differently based on the type of number you link to.

The question was “Google doesn’t like links to a WhatsApp number?” John responded “It’s fine to link to your WhatsApp or phone number (even fax number).”

Here are those tweets so you have more context:

So no need to worry about putting WhatsApp numbers on your site for Google SEO reasons – it is fine either way.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Google Local SAB Search Ranking Bug Fix Rolling Out

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Google Local SAB Search Ranking Bug Fix Rolling Out

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a possible Google local search ranking update that turned out to not be an update but rather a bug. Well, that bug seems to be fixed or being fixed now and rankings are beginning to return for these local service area businesses.

The bug seemed to start being fixed on Friday, September 23rd, in the afternoon.

Local SEO, Jason Brown wrote in the Local Search Forum “Good news, one of my clients got their rankings back. They are back in the map pack, but not in the same number one spot as before.” He also said later “My other client is back ranking again too. Looks like the fix is being rolled out now.”

He shared this chart showing how all the rankings returned:

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Joy Hawkins also posted about it on Twitter:

So hopefully this is now fully resolved – at least this specific bug? It may have been related to the Kansas Google local bug.

Forum discussion at Local Search Forums.

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Note: This was pre-written and scheduled to be posted today, I am currently offline for Rosh Hashanah.



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