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Yoast Founder Says IndexNow Does Not Lead To More Traffic Or Improved Crawl Efficiency

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Yoast Founder Says IndexNow Does Not Lead To More Traffic Or Improved Crawl Efficiency

Some of you may be wondering why Yoast or WordPress have not integrated the Microsoft backed IndexNow protocol. Well, Joost de Valk, the founded of Yoast said he has seen zero evidence that IndexNow helps sites gain more traffic or reduces crawling or improves crawl efficiency.

Here is what Joost de Valk said on Twitter “As far as I’m aware, we’ve still not seen evidence that it (1) actually helps sites/site owners get more traffic and (2) reduces crawling / improves crawl efficiency (and thus reduces energy consumption). Joost went on to said “as far as I can tell, it does the opposite of 2, in fact.”

He then went on to explain he wants proof because he does not see any evidence of this:

So Fabrice Canel from Microsoft said on Twitter “let’s remind all SEOs that the primary value of IndexNow is to quickly reflect latest content changes in search engines. Be indexed first, fast is SEO critical these days. IndexNow provides on most sites a clear signal and we are committed to leverage it to crawl more efficiently.”

As a reminder, Duda, All In On SEO and Rank Math SEO recently added support for IndexNow, Cloudflare added support a while back, Microsoft built their own WordPress plugin and Google promised to test it.

If Yoast and WordPress add it by default, that would be huge. But I am not sure that would happen without Google adopting it.

I do find the efficiency questions interesting because that was one of the major pushes for adoption of IndexNow.

Don’t get me wrong, I do have IndexNow enabled for this site…

Forum discussion at Twitter.




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Bing Chat / Microsoft Copilot Balanced Mode Used 70% Of The Time With Creative & Precise Mode At 15% Each

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Mikhail Parakhin from Microsoft shared how often the different modes in Microsoft Copilot, formerly known as Bing Chat, are used. There is Balanced mode, creative mode and precise mode. Balanced mode gets 60-70% of the usages, whereas the other two modes get about 15% each.

Mikhail wrote on X, “Balanced is the most popular, maybe 60-70% of the people (it is the fastest and the default). Creative and Precise are 15%-ish each.”

Bing Chat Copilot Modes

Here are those posts:

Bing Chat Usage Post

I thought creative mode would get more usage than precise mode because of the image generation aspect but I guess I was wrong.

To learn more about these chat modes, read this story.

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Most SEOs Believe Google’s November Core & Reviews Updates Will Complete In December

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The Google November 2023 core update and Google November 2023 reviews update are still both rolling out, and we have no estimated time of when they will finish rolling out. Both are well past their estimated two-week rollout period. I ran a poll yesterday asking SEOs when they think it will be done, and most said in December and not in the next few days left of November.

The poll had just under 600 votes in 24-hours and 79% said the update will be completed in December and 21% said in the last days remaining in November. I posted the poll on X – here it is:

Personally, I thought it would be done by now and I still think it will be done in the next day or so – but I am wrong a lot. 🙂

I do hope it is done today so they can roll out the Christmas holiday update (kidding…).

Forum discussion at X.

Update: I’ll have a story tomorrow but at least one of the updates is done in November:



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Google Search Console Was Down Today

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Google Search Console seems to be down right now. If you try to access it, you will get a 500 server error. I suspect Search Console will be back up shortly but right now, if it is down for you, you are not alone.

Update: At 8:52 am ET Google Search Console is back, the tool was offline for about 50 minutes.

Google’s Daniel Waisberg is 100% aware of the issue. He responded to some posts about the issue, saying, “we’re working on it.” John Mueller from Google is also reposting Daniel’s posts on X.

Here is what it looked like when you tried to access it while it was down:

Gsc 500 Error Down

Search Console went down at about 8 am ET and returned at 8:52 am ET.

Here are the posts on X from Daniel Waisberg of Google on this issue:

Who knows, maybe we will have a new Search Console feature when it returns?

Here are some of the complaints:

Update: At 8:52 am ET Google Search Console is back, the tool was offline for about 50 minutes.



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