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Google has updated its Google Search Quality Raters Guidelines PDF just a bit over 9 months since the last update. The document keeps getting smaller, from 175 pages in 2020 to 172 pages in 2021 and now to 167 pages in 2022.

Here is what Google documented it changed:

  • Refreshed language to be aligned with the newly published Search Quality Rater Guidelines: An Overview (PDF)
  • Refined YMYL to focus on topics that require a high level of accuracy to prevent significant harm; added a new table of examples and refreshed existing examples
  • Added clarifications to Low and Lowest Page Quality sections to emphasize that the type and level of E-A-T depends on the purpose of the page, and that low quality and harmful pages can occur on any type of website
  • Refactored language throughout to be applicable across all devices types
  • Minor changes throughout (updated screenshots; removed or updated outdated examples and concepts; removed user location when irrelevant; etc.)

Here are the previous versions, compared to the live version:

Here is the updated change log of this file from Google (click to enlarge):

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I did not do a comparison in detail Lily Ray posted a more detailed comparison on Search Engine Land.

Forum discussion at Twitter.



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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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