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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 Search Ranking Algorithm Update Chatter January 15thOver the past 24-48 hours, I’ve been seeing some chatter amongst the SEO communities, a bit more in the black hat space, but still chatter. Chatter of a Google search algorithm update touching down the past couple of days.
Google May Ignore Your XML Sitemap If The URLs Are InvalidGoogle’s John Mueller confirmed on Twitter that Google may stop fetching your XML Sitemap files if the URLs within them are invalid. He said it is fine to have URLs that redirect but they should load content. If not, Google may simply start ignoring your Sitemaps.
Google Tests Ghost Town Like Search Results For The EUThe EU is a fun place, they have lots of rules and regulations and want Google to do lots of things that may not benefit the end user. I am not a lawyer, I don’t live in the EU but when I saw what Greg Sterling posted on Search Engine Land – I had to share it here.
Google URL Inspection Tool Adds HTTP Response, Resources, JS Logs & ScreenshotsGoogle just announced an update to the URL Inspection Tool within Google Search Console. It adds the ability to see the page’s HTTP response, page resources, JavaScript logs and a rendered screenshot of the page. This is a really useful update and gives webmasters and SEOs more insight into the page itself and how Google sees it.
Google Subway Car SignHere is a photo I found on Twitter from the Google Atlanta office. It shows what I think is from the inside of a subway car, within the office there, and hanging is a sign to Google with an arrow. Lik
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