August 2019 Google Webmaster Report

We had a busy month in terms of Google SEO and webmaster related topics; probably the biggest were the numerous unconfirmed updates – one being nicknamed the Maverick update. Google confirmed launching a featured snippets update targeting freshness back in late February.Google also posted advice, finally, on how to do better after a core update. Google dropped hints on how it can figure out if your site is good without looking at behavioral signals. Google also recommended that experts write or review your YMYL content. Let’s not forget Google made over 3,200 changes last year with almost 700,000 experiments! Search Console now shows when a site switched to mobile-first indexing and it began notifying webmasters of noindex in robots.txt. There was a lot going on this past month and the ongoing WebmasterWorld thread is still settling down from all the algorithmic shifts. Here is last month’s recap if you missed it.Here is the summary:Google Algorithms:
Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Again: Update Maverick
The Google Maverick Update Slowing Down
Signs Of Another Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update
The Google Unconfirmed July Search Ranking Algorithm Update Is Heated
Possible Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update July 11 & 12th?
Google Launched A Freshness Algorithm For Featured Snippets In Late February
Google Posts Help Advice For Sites Impacted By Core Updates
Google Core Updates Impact Your Google Discover Feed Rankings
Google Does Not Confirm Smaller Core Updates

Google SEO:
Google Figures Out What Users Want & Like Based On Comparing Your Content To Others?
Google: YMYL Sites Should Have An Expert To Write The Content
Google: Word Count Is Not A Ranking Factor
Google Algorithms Cannot Judge The Realness Of An Author Name?
Google: There Is No Such Thing As LSI Keywords
Google’s New Developer Doc On JavaScript SEO Basics
Google Search Indexing Issues For Some Publishers
Google Search Ignores Redirect Loops
Google Treats Links Within Primary Content & Boilerplate Content Differently
Google #AskGoogleWebmasters: Is Linking Out Is Good Or Bad For SEO?
Google Featured Snippets Can Use Descriptions From YouTube
Google Mostly Fixed The Recipe Rich Results Bug
Google On Mega-Menus: Nothing To Be Concerned About, Yet…
Google Dropped Bing Discover Pages From Index But Was There Traffic Drop?
Former Google Engineer: Google Hasn’t Used PageRank Since 2006
Google: We Made Over 3,200 Changes With 654,680 Experiments In Search Last Year

Google Search Console:
Google Search Console Your Site Switched To Mobile-First Indexing Notifications Causing Confusion?
Google Search Console Notices For Removing Noindex Robots.txt
Google Search Console Adding “AMP On Image Result” To Performance Report
Video: Voice Search In The Google Search Console Not Recording Google Assistant Results?
Google Quality Raters Guidelines Goes Missing – 404s
Google Redirects Some Quality Raters Guidelines To New URL
The Google Search Console Team Busy With New Features & Migrating Old

Google Local:
Test: Google Local Pack Carousel With Ad At The Top
Google: Shortnames Suspension Bug Should Be Fixed In 48 Hours?
Google Local Knowledge Panel Adds Get A Quote Button
Google Tests New Tabs For Branded Local Pack & More Carousels
Google Says It Has Restored Broken Reviews
Google Maps Has Fixed Q&A Bug & Is Investigating Reviews Bug
Google Local Result On Mobile With Sticky CTA

Google User Interfaces:
Google May Ask Searchers To Submit Missing Knowledge Panel Data
Google Test Maps, Top Stories, Video, Images & More Icons In Search Results
Google Image Search Launched Swipe Up Visit Site
Google Tests Removing (Or A Bug) Breadcrumb From Mobile Search Results Snippet
Google Tests Sharable Search Results & New Snippet Buttons
Google People Also Search For Below Featured Snippets
Yep, Google News Officially Launches New Desktop Results Design
Google Showing More Related Search Boxes In Image Search
Google Autocomplete Lightens & Hides Search Results As You Type
Google Search Recommends Google Assistant For Jokes
Google Knowledge Panel With Interesting Finds

Other Google:
Danny Sullivan Says He Is The Same Danny Sullivan After Joining Google
Google Search Engineer Ryan Moulton: I Would Resign If Google Altered Results For Political Reasons
Google’s John Mueller: ~2/3rds Of What He Says Is Taken Out Of Context
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.


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