Programming Note: Offline For Passover 5784    Apr 22, 2024
This is a programming note that I will be completely offline for the Passover holiday. Passover is on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23rd and 24th and then again the following week on April 29th and 30th. Any stories published here will be scheduled and written beforehand and not posted live. I will be completely offline, so any social media posts, tweets, anything coming from this site or my social channels are all scheduled beforehand. I won't be able to reply to comments, remove spam or break any stories on those days. I will catch up when I get back online. Feel free to check out the archives or catch up with the weekly videos or just browse the search pics...
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Daily Search Forum Recap: April 22, 2024    Apr 22, 2024
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. Google again says very few links are needed to rank webpages and links are a lot less important now. Google is testing answers in the discussions and forums section. Forbes blocked its coupons directory before Google releases its site reputation abuse policy. Google Business Profiles has a posts button. Google is showing 16 shopping ads for one query. Also, I am offline Tuesday and Wednesday for Passover...
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Google Needs Very Few Links To Rank Pages; Links Are Less Important    Apr 22, 2024
Gary Illyes from Google spoke at the SERP Conf on Friday and he said what he said numerous times before, that Google values links a lot less today than it did in the past. He added that Google Search "needs very few links to rank pages."
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Google Testing Discussion and Forums Questions With The Answers    Apr 22, 2024
Google is testing showing answers in the Discussions and Forums section within the search results. Google will show the question and then add a shaded box with one of the selected answers under the question.
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Forbes Blocks Its Coupon Directory From Google Before The Site Reputation Abuse Penalty    Apr 22, 2024
Forbes has blocked its coupons section of its web site at forbes.com/coupons using an x-robots-tag: noindex directive prior to Google enforcing the upcoming site reputation abuse policy. As a reminder, Google will enforce that new policy on May 5th both algorithmically and through manual actions.
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Google Business Profiles Posts Button In Search Panel    Apr 22, 2024
Google is testing showing a "Post" button in the carousel of buttons in the Google Business Profile local listing panel. So when you view your owned business in Google Search, you may see a "Post" button near the call, directions, share, and save. There is also an "Edit" button there.
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Google Showing 16 Shopping Ads    Apr 22, 2024
It is good to have choices but too many choices might not be good, said some wise man. Well, here is Google giving you 16 choices of bikes in the shopping ad spot at the top of the Google Search results.
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Daily Search Forum Recap: April 19, 2024    Apr 19, 2024
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. Google is testing more ad formats for its search ads. BingBot is testing new compression methods. Google said it is unlikely your rankings would drop just because you have two or more sites. Google says the indexing API might work for unsupported formats. Google said hyphenated domains are not bad by themselves. And I posted the weekly SEO video recap...
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Google Testing More Google Ad Card Formats    Apr 19, 2024
Google is testing another ad format, another card like format, for its search ads. We previously saw the vertical and tall ad cards, then the carousel horizontal card format and now here are just plain horizontal ad cards.
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Google Says It's Unlikely Your Rankings Dropped Because You Have Two Websites    Apr 19, 2024
Google was asked if having two websites and Google finding out about them would cause the websites to drop in rankings. John Mueller from Google said that is "not likely," adding that many people have several websites and that is fine.
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