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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:
Stars, Ratings & Surveys Not A Google Ranking FactorGoogle’s John Mueller said in a webmaster hangout video at the 24:43 minute mark that Google does not use survey data, ratings, reviews, stars, etc in their organic ranking factors…
Google: Cache-Control Headers Do Not Impact GoogleBotThe Cache-Control general-header has no impact on GoogleBot and how it crawls your web pages. The cache-control general-header “field is used to specify directives for caching mechanisms in both requests and responses,” says MDN docs…
Google Gives Lessons On College SearchGoogle announced improved and new college related knowledge panels for those searching for a college or university to attend. Google said “we’re bringing a new feature to Search to help you navigate the college search process…
Google Sitemaps URL Order Does Not MatterGoogle’s John Mueller said on Twitter that the order of the URLs in your XML Sitemap files does not matter. He did say that you probably should save the “start of the file for the most awesome URLs.” But he later added that “the order among them doesn’t matter…
World Cup 2018 Google LogoToday on the Google home page across most countries is a special Doodle, Google logo…
Google Intern CapI know many of you are aware of the Noogler, new Googler, hats you must wear the first week when you start working at Google. But did you know they have special hats that look similar for Interns who
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
New Top Contributors!, The Google Advertiser Community
Apple’s iPhone Gets More Secure By Disabling Data Port, WebmasterWorld
For normal voice queries, we don’t include the triggering in the logged query. I suspect these are from people who didn’t think the first trigger worked, or who used the button and didn’t realize they could just ask, John Mueller on Twitter
Google just hates new content…, BlackHatWorld
I wouldn’t worry about the difference of 404 vs 410 here, I doubt you’d see a difference in this case.… https://t.co/SCB6gSwiss, John Mueller on Twitter
In general, it’s not so useful to focus too much on your competitors & what weird things they’re doing. It’s fine to analyze & monitor the whole niche, but remember your own goals. Focus on your site, to make it th, John Mueller on Twitter

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