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Google Search Console URL Inspection Tool Errors Not Fixed Yet

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Google Search Console URL Inspection Tool Errors Not Fixed Yet


Two weeks after Google first confirmed an issue with the Google Search Console URL Inspection Tool, it is still not fully fixed. I will say that while I do see random complaints about the tool erroring out, I have not seen it error out myself. But still, Google’s John Mueller said the issues and errors are “still partially ongoing” two weeks later.

On March 1, 2022, Google said there were errors with the URL Inspection tool saying “We’re experiencing an issue with the URL inspection tool, both in Search Console and the API, so you might see an increase in errors when inspecting URLs. We’re working to solve this issue and will update you when we have more information.”

Google has not issued an update that it was fixed yet, so Nick LeRoy asked for the status and John Mueller of Google replied on Twitter that “it’s still partially ongoing” and that is why Google has not said it was fixed yet. Here are those tweets:

Like I said last time, I do wonder if some bad actors are abusing the new URL Inspection tool API or if Google underestimated its usage – or maybe it is unrelated? I do suspect it has to do with the new API and how it is being used or trying to be used.

So yea, two weeks later, this is not yet fully resolved. Watch Google post a minute after I post this story that this is now resolved.

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Forum discussion at Twitter.





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Google’s Interesting Finds SERP Feature Goes Missing From The Search Results

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Google's Interesting Finds SERP Feature Goes Missing From The Search Results

It seems that Google’s Interesting Finds feature has been removed from the mobile search results. I’m not sure when it was removed exactly, but the removal could have happened a while ago. I realized this while analyzing the SERPs for several clients that once had a number of listings ranking in the Interesting Finds feature. After noticing the removal of the module, it hit me that I haven’t seen Interesting Finds in some time…

To refresh your memory, Interesting Finds was a powerful mobile SERP feature that provided a three-pack of listings. You could also click to reveal up to twenty additional listings from the default Interesting Finds module. It could even sometimes rank number one in the mobile search results and could enable sites to double dip in the SERPs by yielding the same listing multiple times for a query (once in the module and once outside the module). I covered Interesting Finds heavily in my Search Engine Land post about the feature.

This is important to understand since it could be impacting traffic from Google for sites that used to rank well in Interesting Finds. Again, sites could double dip when a url ranked in the Interesting Finds module (ranking in the module and outside the module in the top 10). Just a heads-up to check your reporting for queries that yielded Interesting Finds to see the impact.

What Took Its Place?
While analyzing the SERPs for the queries that previously yielded Interesting Finds, I’m seeing several other SERP features instead. For example, Visual Stories (Web Stories), Short Videos, Google’s new grid layout (which combines linking to Google images and third-party sites), organic product listings, “Found on the web“, etc.

Here are some examples of what Interesting Finds looked like in the past and then some of the features I see now:

Before:

After Interesting Finds was removed:

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After Interesting Finds was removed:

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After Interesting Finds was removed:

I will ping Google to see if they can provide more information about why the feature isn’t showing up in the mobile SERPs anymore. I’ll update this post with any information I receive.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

This is a rare contributed article by Glenn Gabe, an SEO Consultant at G-Squared Interactive focused on major Google algorithm updates and other disturbances in the SEO force.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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