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Google Search Indexing Issue Morning Of July 15th

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Google Search Indexing Issue Morning Of July 15th

There may be another indexing issue in Google Search. None of the articles I posted this morning on this site are showing yet in Google Search, even when I search for it by the exact title or do a site command.

This is across both Google Search and Google News where Google is not showing new content as of this morning.

The Wall Street Journal is not showing any new content in Google Search in the past hour either. Nor is the New York Times, The Verge, or other news sites that pump out new content constantly.

Here are screenshots using site commands restricting news to the past hour, showing no new content is being shown from these sites – click to enlarge the images:

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Hat tip to Zain Alkhadi on Twitter for spotting this so early.

I have not seen a response from Google as of yet.

Digging in, content that Google normally would rank from this site within minutes of it being published is being crawled by Google according to Google Search Console but it is not currently in the index – which again is unusual. Here is a screenshot of one story from about an hour ago:

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So if you are having indexing issues and your new content is not currently showing up in Google Search – you are not alone.

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Google had indexing or display issues in December 2021 and June 2020 which was a confirmed crawling issue and in May 2020, April 2020, we saw it a several times last year with several cases of this last year but maybe one this year that was not serious.

I wonder how long it will take for this piece of content to show in Google Search.

Do you all see this issue?

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Google Removes Rich Media File Best Practices Help Document

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Google Removes Rich Media File Best Practices Help Document

Google has deleted and 404ed the Rich media file best practices. Google said removed its “documentation about rich-media files, such as Silverlight and Flash.” Why? This is the best part, Google wrote “turns out it’s not 2005 anymore.”

You can probably briefly see the cached version of the page over here and then use the Wayback machine to look it up when that goes away. But here is a copy and paste of the page:

Rich media file best practices

Google can index most types of pages and files. Here are a few details about some specific rich media types:

General best practices

If you do plan to use rich media on your site, here are some recommendations that can help prevent problems.

  • Try to use rich media only where it is needed. We recommend that you use HTML for content and navigation.
  • Provide text versions of pages. If you use a non-HTML splash screen on the home page, make sure to include a regular HTML link on that front page to a text-based page where a user (or Googlebot) can navigate throughout your site without the need for rich media.

In general, search engines are text based. This means that in order to be crawled and indexed, your content needs to be in text format.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t include rich media content such as Silverlight or videos on your site; it just means that any content you embed in these files should also be available in text format or it might not be accessible to all search engines. The following examples focus on the most common types of non-text content, but the guidelines are similar for any other types: provide text equivalents for all non-text files. (Also note that Flash is no longer supported.)

This will not only increase Google’s ability to successfully crawl and index your content; it will also make your content more accessible. Many people, for example users with visual impairments, who use screen readers, or have low bandwidth connections, cannot see images on web pages, and providing text equivalents widens your audience.

Video

See video best practices.

IFrames

IFrames are sometimes used to display content on web pages. Content displayed via iFrames may not be indexed and available to appear in Google’s search results. We recommend that you avoid the use of iFrames to display content. If you do include iFrames, make sure to provide additional text-based links to the content they display, so that Google can crawl and index this content.

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Flash

Flash is no longer supported. We recommend using a different format, such as HTML5.

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So this is no longer relevant – do you miss Flash or Silverlight? 🙂

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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