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Lots Of Unconfirmed Google Search Algorithm Updates

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Lots Of Unconfirmed Google Search Algorithm Updates

This month was packed with a handful of unconfirmed Google search algorithm updates, as you will see in the bulleted list below. In fact, there may be a more subtle update going on now, which I did not write about but I am on the edge of potentially covering – it was around February 1st and 2nd. We also saw a bunch of manual actions have the backlog resolved. Also, we saw a slew of new news and discover manual actions get delivered in the past week.

Google Search Console launched a new URL inspection API and a new page experience desktop report this past month. Also, now the Search Console snapshot in the search results work for domain properties. Google released a new meta robots tag named indexifembedded.

We learned more about when Google dedups top stories in web search and we saw some new data around that. Plus we have a ton of SEO stories, link stories, user interface tests, local news and details and much more.

The ongoing WebmasterWorld thread is talking about some of the early February light fluctuations still, as I mentioned above.

You can also check out the January report if you missed that one.

Here is what you may have missed this past month:

Google Algorithms:

Google Penalties:
Google Search Console:
Google SEO:
Google Links:
Google User Interface Changes & Tests:
Google Local:
Other Google:

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Google Hanukkah Decorations Are Live For 2023

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Google Hanukkah 2023

Hanukkah (aka Chanukah) starts this coming Thursday night, December 7th. Google has added its Hanukkah decorations to the Google Search results interface to celebrate. Google does this every year and I expect to see the same rollout in the coming weeks for Christmas and Kawanzaa but for now, since Chanukah is in the coming days, we have the Hanukkah decorations live at Google Search.

Here is a screenshot of the Chanukah decorations as they look like on the mobile search results.

Google Hanukkah Decorations 2023

You can see it yourself by searching on Google for [chanukah], [hanukkah], but not yet [חֲנוּכָּה‎] or other spelling variations yet but it should soon. It looks better on mobile than it does on desktop results.

To see the past, the 2023 decorations, 2021 decorations, 2020 Chanukah decorations, 2019 Google holiday decorations, the 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and so on.

Happy Chanukah, everyone!

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Google Pay Accepted Icons In Google Search Results

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Google seems to be testing a Google Pay Accepted label or icon in the Google search results. This label has the super G logo followed by the words “Pay accepted” words next to search result snippets that support Google Pay and notate such in their structured data.

This was first spotted by Khushal Bherwani who shared some screenshots of this on X – here is one:

G Pay Accepted Google Search

Here are some more screenshots:

Brodie Clark also posted some screenshots after on X:

Google Pay Accepted Google Search

I tried to replicate this but I came up short.

This is not the first time Google had similar icons like this in its search results.

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Google Discover Showing Older Content Since Follow Feature Arrived

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Typically, Google Discover shows content that is less than a day old, but it can show content that is weeks, months, or even years old. However, typically, Google will show more recent content in the Discover feed. Well, that may have changed with the new Google follow feature.

Glenn Gabe, who is a very active Google Discover user, noticed that since the Follow feature rolled out, he has been seeing content that is weeks and months old way more often than before the follow feature rolled out. Glenn wrote on X that “this could also be playing a role. i.e. Google isn’t providing as much recent content, but instead, focusing on providing targeted content based on the topics you are following.”

It makes sense that if you follow a specific topic and if Google Discover only shows the most authoritative types of content, it might be hard for Google to find new content on that topic. So it does make sense that Google may show older content more often for that specific topic you follow.

Here are screenshots Glenn shared:

Google Discover Old Stories Follow

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