April 2019 Google Webmaster Report

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This may have been one of the busiest months for Google SEO related topics we’ve seen maybe ever? We had several unconfirmed Google updates but also a big core update confirmed by Google on March 12th. Google keeps dropping features from the old Search Console and adding new ones to the new Search Console. Google doesn’t support rel=prev/next, stopped supporting the info command and is testing a new icon based search results design.Besides for the core update, we saw fluctuations on March 29th, 26th, 20th and March 5th. The survey I did around the core update did not reveal much but added to the speculation. Did you know the web spam team is sending fewer manual actions these days? But their advice on the rel=next/prev thing is upsetting to say the least. And then to drop the info command and say they replaced it in the URL inspection tool was upsetting also. There was so much this past month, it is hard to summarize but I categorized the stories in importance order – I think, below. Here also was the March report if you missed it.Google Algorithm Updates:
Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On March 12 (Florida 2)
When Naming The Google 3/12 Broad Core Ranking Update Florida 2
Google Names The 3/12 Update The “March 2019 Core Update”
Speculation Around The Google March 2019 Core Update
Google March 2019 Core Update Had Many Reversals But It Was Not A Reversal
Google March 2019 Core Update Myth Busting From Google
Google: With March 2019 Core Update We Try To Make Incremental Improvements
Google Ranking Update Fluctuations Continue (3/29-4/1)
Google Search Ranking Update On March 26th?
Revealing The Google March 2019 Core Update Survey Results
Google Search Algorithm Update Fluctuations From March 20th to 22nd
March 5th Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update?

Google Search Console:
Very Few Features Left In The Old Google Search Console
Google Search Console Sitemap Report With Delete, Open In New Tab & Detailed Reporting
Google Search Console Now Allows Removal Of XML Sitemaps
Google: Long Term Plan You Should Switch To Domain Properties & Drop Other Forms
Google Search Console Enhancement Reports Data Change
Google AMP & Mobile Friendly Tests Adds Code Editing
Google To Close Old Search Console By Years End?
Google: Links Not Shown In Search Console Are Generally Irrelevant
Google Web Spam Report: Google Sent 33% Less Manual Actions Last Year
Google Property Sets Officially Shutting March 28th
Google Automatically Creating Domain Properties In Search Console
Google Survey On What Google Search Console API Features Do You Want?

Google SEO:
Google: Rel=prev/next Is Not An Indexing Signal Anymore; Help Docs Removed
Google’s Latest Advice On Pagination & Page Series Post rel=next and rel=prev
Google’s rel=prev/next Messaging: Nothing Has Changed
Gary Illyes The Googler Who Discovered rel=prev/next Was Not Being Honored
Google On Neural Matching vs RankBrain
Google’s Gary Illyes PubCon Presentation Was Image Search Focused
Google: How We Select Dates For Search Results Snippets
Google In-Depth Articles Go Missing
Google: No Real Changes To In-Depth Articles
Google Said Their Speed Update Resulted In A Faster Web
Google: It Is Okay To Redirect Lower Quality Content Pages To Better Pages
Google Video On Making React Web Apps Search Engine Friendly
Google Video Describes What Sites Need Help With SEO When Using JavaScript
Google JavaScript SEO Video On Making Content More Discoverable
Google Help Video On Angular SEO
JavaScript SEO Google Video: Testing & Debugging
Google Trick For Sites Not Ready To Be Listed In Google
Google Explains 301 Redirects Are Not Links But…
Google’s Ranking Algorithm Allows SEOs To Be Unique

Google Features:
Google Info Command Is Now Dead
Google Drops Info: Command But Has Added Canonical Info To URL Inspection Tool
Google Expands AMP Stories To Google Arts & Culture
Google: Words You’ve Searched For Dictionary Results
Google My Business Dashboard Unlock Your Plan & Complete Your Tasks To Reach Your Goals
Google Increases Number Of Image Thumbnails In Mobile Search Results
Google Knowledge Panel Explore Collections
Google Automobile Knowledge Panel

Google User Interface Tests:
Google Tests Adding Icons Back To The Search Bar Filters
Google Tests Icons In Search For Maps, Images, Videos & Top Stories
Google Image Search Tests Article Slide In Feature
Google Tests Portrait Mode Tall Top Stories Layout
Google Knowledge Panels That Are Expandable
Google Image Search Tests New Preview Screen AgainForum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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