Funny Google Algorithm Response From Google: “Sounds Fishy”

Most jokes don’t make me laugh – in fact, I have very little emotions in general. I think they have been diluted over the years from all the awesome comments I get here. That being said, this post on Twitter from Gary Illyes of Google made me smile – which is a big thing for me.
Here it is:

Sounds fishy
— Gary “鯨理” Illyes (@methode) August 29, 2017
You have a former Googler mocking Google’s algorithm updates, calling them a quality update. Then you have Gary Illyes say “sounds fishy” obviously referencing good old Fred.
I am offline, and figured I let you all smile about this tweet. Of course, to those hit by Fred or any of the unconfirmed Google updates – this probably won’t make you smile. But I’ve been there, I was hit by Google algorithms, so I can laugh.
This was also a funny one for the archives:

We don’t have that much time on our hands
— Gary “鯨理” Illyes (@methode) April 26, 2017
Forum discussion at Twitter.
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Google: HTTPS Migrations Don’t Result In Traffic Loss

Here is a thread from a few months ago, but still pretty interesting where Barry Adams, an SEO, posted on Twitter that you will lose traffic when you do an HTTPS migration. Gary Illyes from Google responded “false” and then an SEO and Google fight broke out.
Here is the tweet:

Google treats HTTP to HTTPS as a site move, but you can’t use GSC Change of Address for it. So basically, lose traffic and suck it up. pic.twitter.com/1AUsy8Fhbq
— Barry Adams 📈 (@badams) August 30, 2017
Gary’s response:

False
— Gary “鯨理” Illyes (@methode) August 30, 2017
Barry says give me a citation on how it is false:

Citation needed.
— Barry Adams 📈 (@badams) August 30, 2017
John Mueller jumps in, who is also at Google and says:

Do you want someone from Google to confirm it? 🙂
— John ☆.o(≧▽≦)o.☆ (@JohnMu) August 30, 2017
It goes back and forth more and then John and Gary stop responding.
Google has said this before, that with HTTPS migrations, you shouldn’t see a negative result in your Google traffic. Just make sure to do it right and all at once. Here is also an FAQ around HTTPS migrations.
I’ve done several HTTPS migrations that results in zero Google traffic loss.
Forum discussion at Twitter.
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Did Google Say Affiliate Sites Are Not Quality Sites?

Did Google’s Gary Illyes say on Twitter that an affiliate site is not a quality site? He said “perhaps affiliate sites are not quality” when someone complained that affiliate sites aren’t ranking well after an unconfirmed Google algorithm update.
Here are the tweets:

Perhaps affiliate sites are not quality
— Gary “鯨理” Illyes (@methode) September 21, 2017
We know Google is tough on affiliate sites but affiliate sites by definition are not spam or against Google’s guidelines. You just need to make sure your affiliate sites adds significant value.
What do you think?
Forum discussion at Twitter.
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Daily Search Forum Recap: October 12, 2017

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:
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
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Google Fireplace

Daniel Waisberg was in the Google Copenhagen office and snapped a picture of his work environment that day. You can see him sitting near a Google fireplace. He posted it on Twitter and said “sitting by the fire at Google Copenhagen – so cozy!”
Does your office space have a fireplace?
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.
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Google: Comments Better On Your Site Then On Social Networks

Gary Illyes from Google said at the State of Search conference the other day that you are better off having comments and reactions to your content directly on your site than on third-party sites, like social networks.
Many blogs and news sites have removed comments completely, telling people to engage with their stories over Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. But that content and engagement is done off of your site, which does not directly help your site in terms of content factors and potentially more links to your story due to the comments on the site.
Gary Illyes said that comments are better on-site for engagement signals for SEO than moving to social. Here is a tweet covering that statement:

Comments are better on-site for engagement signals for SEO than moving to social. Via @methode #StateofSearch
— Alan Bleiweiss (@AlanBleiweiss) October 10, 2017
Google has said this before, saying community through comments helps with rankings. Of course, the comments have to be value add, helpful and fun to read.
No comment…
Forum discussion at Twitter.
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