It was a busy January with a few unconfirmed Google algorithm updates around the 15th, 9th and 6th of January. Google also said the next 50% of mobile-first indexing will be the hardest.
Google had a couple of bugs – one was an old but embarrassing knowledge panel issue they finally fixed and the other was an AMP error that caused some issues. Google also put some news publishers on notice about being legit.
On Google Search Console, some of the features in the old version are going away as soon as March. But Google brought some new features to the URL inspection tool, did some message consolidation and added the security feature to the tool. Google ran lots of tests, did some things on local and much more.
Currently, the ongoing WebmasterWorld thread is pretty quiet and stable now.
Here is a summary of stories that I wanted to highlight over the past 30 days:
Google Algorithm Updates:
Google Larger Topics:
Google AMP Bug:
Google Links & Penalties:
Google Search Console:
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.