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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.

Forum discussion at Twitter.





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Google Adds Disclaimer To Appointment Providers Links In Local Panel

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Google Adds Disclaimer To Appointment Providers Links In Local Panel

Google has added a disclaimer to the appointment provider links that you find in the Google Search local panel and in the Google Maps business listings. The disclaimer partially reads under the “about these providers,” adding “providers are listed in random order.”

It continues to say “however, if the business has specified a preferred provider, it will appear first.” Then has a learn more link that goes to this page and that reads:

How providers rank for local business links
Third-party providers can link from a business’s Business Profile on Google Search and Maps. These are called local business links. You can use these links to book an appointment, make a reservation, and place a food or shopping order with a provider.

When multiple providers supply links for the same business, Google lists them in random order. If the business specifies a preferred provider, that provider shows first.

For food orders, Google also lists providers in random order. However, if the business’s website is available, or the business specifies a preferred provider, those show first.

When you use local business links on your mobile device, business preferred providers are labeled as such.

Here is a screenshot that you can click on to enlarge:

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This was spotted first by Damian Rollison and posted on Twitter:

I believe this was triggered (I can be wrong) based on the latest issues around third party appointment systems hijacking listings in Google Search. Danny Sullivan was all over that and probably got Google to add a disclaimer, which is helpful and useful.

Here is an example of one that shows more than one appointment booking provider, with ZocDoc coming up as the second option:

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Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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