If you go to Google and search for [google usa] the first result that comes up has a title of “szkoła tańca dla dzieci Warszawa – Google.” That translates to “Warsaw Children’s Dance School – Google.” The URL does go to Google.com but a variation of it, https://www.google.com/?gl=us&hl=en&pws=0&gws_rd=cr
It has been like that for days.
Something is weird and clearly not a priority for Google to fix. Saravanan reported the issue to Google’s John Mueller days ago on Twitter with no response. It was also reported in the Google Webmaster Help forums with no response from a Googler either.
I guess some SEO is messing around with Google?
Forum discussion at Twitter and Google Webmaster Help.
Here is a photo I found on Instagram from one of the Google offices, where you can see in the lobby they have these artistic human grayscale statues floating in the air, holding on to colorful balloon.
I am not sure exactly where this is, maybe in Odeabank but still not 100% sure.
But it is artsy.
This post is part of our daily Search Photo of the Day column, where we find fun and interesting photos related to the search industry and share them with our readers.
This is a funny one, I spotted John Mueller of Google having to tell a webmaster/SEO that Google is not giving a special ranking boost to m-dot mobile sites over responsive mobile sites or any other supported form of mobile sites. For some reason this SEO felt that after the 9/16 update that Google began ranking m-dots higher than other mobile sites.
John Mueller said that is absolutely not true, saying “we’re not special-casing them; sometimes they rank well, sometimes they don’t.”
Here are the tweets:
We’re not special-casing them; sometimes they rank well, sometimes they don’t.
— John ☆.o(≧▽≦)o.☆ (@JohnMu) September 27, 2017
I wonder where these ideas come from? If anything, you’d think people would speculate the other way, that responsive are given a special case but no, that isn’t true either.
In any event, I wanted to share this fun one with you.
Forum discussion at Twitter.
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:
More Google Algorithm & Search Results ShufflingYea, yea, yea, more of the same. Google is updating their search results, it is in flux, search results are shuffling around. But I only try to report it when the signals all seem…
It’s Google’s 19th Birthday, But Google.com Was Registered Over 20 Years AgoIt might be Google’s 19th birthday today but did you know that Google.com was registered over 20 years ago…
Google Expands Phone Call Organic Links In Search ResultsBack in March 2016, we reported that Google was showing phone number extensions in the organic search results snippets. Well, that seems to now be expanding beyond the US and into other regions…
Is This The Google Shopping Ad Design For The EU?Bloomberg reported that Google is coming out with a standalone shopping ad unit to comply with the EU regulations, so I guess it would only show in the EU regions…
Google Drops Sitelinks Search BoxIt looks like Google has killed off the Sitelinks searchbox that launched in 2014 and has been shown for many sites in the mobile and desktop search results…
Google AMP URLs With usqp=mq331AQCCAE= Is A TestSome folks are noticing Google serving two flavors of their AMP URLs to users. One is your normal AMP URL and the other is the AMP URL with usqp=mq331AQCCAE= appended to the end of the URL…
Google Polski Fiat Car Inside Near Tom HanksThis is an interesting one at some Google event, Google has placed a Polski Fiat automobile indoors, behind a backdrop that has a life size photo of Tom Hanks. This was at a Google workshop at Warsaw
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
Bill Gates Uses Android OS Smartphone, WebmasterWorld
Originally, our constraint was 160 (limit of a text) minus username. But we noticed @biz got 1 more than @jack. For fairness, we chose 140.… https://t.co/w4jeYOZYZH, Biz Stone on Twitter
Really GIFted GIPHY engineering intern goes the GIF-stance with Google Cloud Vision https://t.co/AYZiS1VrcY, Gary Illyes on Twitter
@veezy @ZoranJozic @bill_slawski Google’s algorithms are resilient & can deal with temporary issues quite well. How many times/day do you want to be sent to a dead site?, John Mueller on Twitter
Content network sunset: Cleaning up data to ensure you have the most relevant entities https://t.co/CAhCUOKvyS https://t.co/NTGF2AQVpN, Bing Ads on Twitter
Optimising Sites for Voice Technology, WebmasterWorld
Think Before you Post a Damaging or Fake Online Review – Online Ownership, Local Search Forum
Twitter Tests Tweets With 280 Characters, WebmasterWorld
Yea, yea, yea, more of the same. Google is updating their search results, it is in flux, search results are shuffling around. But I only try to report it when the signals all seem to be higher than the normal day to day shuffles. I always see people complaining about changes in Google but when it reaches certain levels, that is when I decide to cover it.
The ongoing WebmasterWorld thread has a spike in complaints from webmasters and SEOs about ranking shuffles and the automated tracking tools also show huge changes. Here are some comments from the threads:
This week was the worst week we have seen from google since panda 4. With all other updates we gained traffic but this one hit us with >50%. Sales form google organics, adwords and Shopping ads are off by 95%.
We have seen the same. We’ve grown massively over the past few months and this week we have lost ranking from positions 2/3 to 5/6. Its impacted us dramatically.
I’ve noted some interesting changes in the SERPs this week. Too early to say what’s up, and it’ll have to settle before making a better assessment.
For info sites, I’ve seen recent good results by moving away from keyword structured pages to answer based content. Those pages got a jump in SERP inclusion.
I know a lot of people take these types of tools with a pinch of salt, but Algoroo and moz and showing big movements today in the US. In my experience, the UK usually follows. Hopefully its a reversal of what happened last week – because we’ve definitely been hit with something.
It is hard to say if this is related to the September 20th update or another Google update or unrelated at all. Google has not commented on anything this week, of course.
Here are some charts from the automated tools.
Advanced Web Rankings:
Did you notice major changes in your rankings or Google traffic in the past 48 hours?
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.