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    Google Fixes Search Console Bug Labeling Pages As Indexed When Not Indexed

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 17, 2022 at 4:59 AM
    Google just announced that it fixed a bug with Google Search Console that labeled pages as being indexed when they were not indexed. Google said this bug "affected many properties".

    Google Search Console Validate Fix Now Back

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 15, 2022 at 5:09 AM
    Google has reenabled the validate fix feature in Google Search Console just now. It was not there a couple of hours ago and has been not working since the beginning of this month but now it is back.

    Google Featured Snippet Callouts, False Premises, MUM & More

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 11, 2022
    Google has launched some improvements to featured snippets, about this result and the content advisories in Google Search. MUM now works with featured snippets to help Google understand the notion of consensus and then highlight words in the featured snippets, known as callouts.

    Google Search Is Very Broken Now: Outages, Indexing Issues, Pages Missing & More

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 9, 2022
    Last night, Google suffered a pretty big outage with Google Search that is still lingering through this morning. It seemed to be larger than just an outage because there are tons of complaints about indexing issues, pages dropping out of the index, and super poor quality and dated search results being shown in Google this morning.

    Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On Saturday, August 6th - PRU Tremors Or Something Else?

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 8, 2022
    On Saturday, August 6th, we saw a lot of signals that there was another Google Search ranking algorithm update. It is not clear if these are tremors for the finished Google products reviews update from July 2022 or if this is something new and different.

    July 2022 Google Product Reviews Update Finished On August 2nd & No One Said Anything

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 5, 2022
    So Google has finished the rollout of the July 2022 Google Product Reviews Update in a record-breaking fashion, in a six-day period. It even shocked Google because Google originally estimated 14-21 days for the rollout and Google didn't even mention anything on its social channels about the update being done rolling out.

    August 2022 Google Webmaster Report

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 3, 2022
    Here is the large Google webmaster report for August 2022 - catching you all up on what you may have missed in the past month related to Google search and SEO topics. We had a confirmed Google algorithm update, the July 2022 product reviews update, we had a large indexing outage and several unconfirmed updates.

    Tracking Tools Now Picking Up On The July 2022 Google Product Reviews Update Volatility?

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 3, 2022
    So we have been watching the July 2022 Google Product Reviews Update for some time and noticed that based on SEO chatter from within the community, it likely really kicked in on Friday afternoon. But the automated Google search result tracking tools really did not show much, in aggregate, but as of this morning, they now are.

    July 2022 Google Product Reviews Update Kicked In Friday Afternoon

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Aug 1, 2022
    On July 27th Google said it began to roll out the July 2022 Google Product Reviews update. But we didn't see it impact the Google search results until a couple of days later on Friday afternoon, July 29th.

    Google Updates Search Quality Raters Guidelines On July 28th

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 29, 2022
    Google has updated its Google Search Quality Raters Guidelines PDF just a bit over 9 months since the last update. The document keeps getting smaller, from 175 pages in 2020 to 172 pages in 2021 and now to 167 pages in 2022.