Daily Search Forum Recap: November 14, 2018

Daily Search Forum Recap: November 14, 2018

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google: Nofollow Link Attribute Helps Publishers Focus On Content
    Yesterday I posted that John Mueller of Google said to a publisher that they shouldn’t worry about links and just link naturally. Then people started getting upset with Google about the nofollow link attribute and why Google has it at all. John Mueller responded that it helps some publishers simply focus on building out content, without having to worry about the other things.
  • See How Google Will Show Publishers URLs For AMP Results In Search
    As Google promised, they are working on a solution to show the publishers URL instead of the AMP cache URL in Google’s search results after you click on an AMP page. Yesterday Google posted a demo of how it works and how you can try it yourself.
  • Google: We Fixed Web Indexing Issues With Google News Publishers
    Google’s Lisa Wang said yesterday, about 12 hours ago, that they fixed the indexing issues some news publishers were experiencing. In short, news publisher’s content would not show in the web search results, for hours and sometimes days, after the content was indexed. Google says this is now resolved.
  • Google Does Not Use BBB Or Other Trust Building Sites For Ranking
    Google’s John Mueller confirmed yesterday in a video hangout that Google does not use the BBB, Better Business Bureaus score or reviews as well as other third-party trust sites in their ranking algorithm. So all that talk about making sure you have a good BBB score with the core updates is really completely unrelated to core search rankings.
  • Google: Alt Image Attribute Is Used By Web Search But More So For Image Search
    Google’s John Mueller clarified in yesterday’s webmaster hangout video that while Google does look and read the alternative image attribute (alt tag) for use on web search, it plays a small role there. It is more heavily used by Google in image search and that is the primary SEO reason to use alt image text, not for web search but for image search.
  • A Smoking Google Pumpkin
    I guess for Halloween, Google made this artistic smoky eyes (that is a thing?) pumpkin. They posted this photo on Instagram some time ago. The G logo is on it and there are holes throughout the pumpki

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