July 2019 Google Webmaster Report

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Here is that big recap where I go over the past month of changes related to Google search and webmaster topics and sum up the more important bits. This month we had the June 2019 core update and the diversity update roll out earlier this month. We had Google say they probably will pre-announce these updates in the future. Google will change how they process noindex and other directives in the robots.txt file. Google also submitted robots.txt to be a real web standard and open sourced its Googlebot parser for robots.txt so others can use it. Google said they may crack down on leased subdomains on third party sites. Google stopped supporting social profile markup for knowledge panels. Google Search Console got mobile-first indexing tools and dropped the preferred domain setting this month. But with that, Google may be done with removing features from Google Search Console – I hope. Google is sending out top query changes alerts via Google Search Console. They added copy and search code to those tools and expanded the overview reports to 90-days. Google also launched their icon based new search bar earlier this month. Oh and Google Maps got some bad press this month and launched some Google My Business features.It was a busy month to say the least and honestly last month was busy as well. The ongoing WebmasterWorld chatter is pretty slow right now, mostly July 4th traffic related. Here are the stories you might want to review or scan for the month if you were on vacation and didn’t read this site daily:Google Algorithm Updates:
Google June 2019 Core Update Finished Rolling Out Saturday, June 8th
Big & Still Going: The Google June 2019 Core Search Algorithm Update
DailyMail: 50% Drop In Traffic After Google June 2019 Core Update
Google Change Restricts Two Listings From Same Domain For Most Search Results
Potential Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On June 27th
Possible Google Search Algorithm & Ranking Update June 19th
Google: Core Update Is Not Like The Panda Algorithm
Moz: Google Diversity Update Was A Tiny Improvement & Maybe A PR Maneuver
Google On Why You Can’t Fix Core Update Issues Or Can You?
The Google Search Algorithm Is A Lot Of Trial & Error Coding?
Google To Pre-Announce Future Core Search Algorithm Updates

Google SEO:
Google To Drop Any Support For crawl-delay, nofollow, and noindex in robots.txt
Google Works To Make Robots Exclusion Protocol A Real Standard
List Of All The GoogleBot Robots.txt Specifications Changes
Google Shares Its Robots.txt Parser Code With Open Source World
Google Immediately Processes Disavow Files But Links Get Disavowed Over Time
Will Google Crack Down On Sites Leasing Out Its Subdomains
Google Deprecates Support For Social Profile Markup For Knowledge Panels
Businesses Can No Longer Specify Its Social Media Buttons In Local Panels
Google Proposes Building XML Sitemaps Into WordPress Core
Google: Mobile-First Indexing Goes By Root Domain; Your Subdomains Move Over With Root
Google: Links & Title Tags Matter To Ranking
Google: The HTTPS Ranking Signal Measurably Affects Enough Queries
Google Confirms GoogleBot Does Not Support HTTP Pipelining
Google Does Show Hidden Content In Accordions & Tabs As Featured Snippets
Google: Using Tag Manager For SEO Is Fine?
Google: It May Be Worth Looking Into Compressing HTML & CSS
Google Says Sometimes Old Posts Are Still Relevant, But Not In That Example
Google: Site Migrations Can Take About A Day If Done Correctly
Google: Disallowed URLs Through Robots.txt Does Not Affect Crawl Budget
Images In Featured Snippets & Google Search Console Rankings Can Confuse You
Google SEO Mythbusting Video On SEO Challenges With Web Frameworks
Google SEO Myth Busting Video On Web Performance
SEO Mythbusting Video On The Future Of The Web (Web Evolution)
Google Posts JavaScript SEO Myth Busting Video

Google Search Console:
Google Search Console Adds Mobile-First Indexing Information To Reports & Tools
Google Removes Preferred Domain Setting From Search Console
Google Probably Won’t Be Turning Off Any Other Search Console Features
Google Search Console Alerts: Change In Top Queries For Your Site
Google Search Console Adds Copy & Search Code
Google Search Console Discover & Search Overview Expands To 90-Days
Google May Bring Full Page Screenshot Renders To Testing Tools
Google Search Console Data Delay Resolved But Google Is Investigating
Google Search Console Coverage Report Suffering 10-Day Delay
Google Asks: Want A Nofollow Filter On The Internal Link Report In Search Console
Google Mobile Friendly Testing Tool Tests New Evergreen GoogleBot
Google Search Console Missing Image Search Traffic Between June 5th & 7th
Sudden Spike In Google Search Console Errors & Google My Business Suspensions

Google User Interface & Features:
Google Officially Launches New Search Menu Bar With Icons
Updated: Google Bug Knowledge Panels Without Attribution
Google: Featured Snippet With Zero Attribution Was A Bug, Not A Test
Google: We Do Not Show Favicons On Some Browsers
Google Adds Link To Lyrics Provider & Former Googler Blames Ranking Team For Confused Lyric Result
Google To Genius: From Now On, We Will Show You Who Is Stealing Your Lyrics
Genius: We Caught Google Red Handed Stealing Our Lyrics
Google Allows Emojis, Links & Unicode In FAQ Rich Results – For Now…
Google Bug Shows Tons Of Links In Featured Snippets
Google Featured Snippets More Images Section
Google Image Search Tests Sticky Image Preview Box
Google Images Makes It Easier To Share GIFs
Google Might Be Testing A Text Based Button In Its Search Box
Google Possibly Testing Stackable People Also Search For Buttons
Search Google For Fireworks & Get A Fireworks Show
New Google User Interface Updates: Refine Layers, Mini-Carousels, Shopping Toggle, Mortgage Calculator & More
Google Search Snippets Showing Tags Section
Google Organic Results Merging Local Knowledge Panel For Branded Queries?
Google Refine By Tests Additional Refinement Layers
Can Expandable Content Show In Google Features Snippets
Google Tests Weird Rotating People Also Ask Feature

Google Local:
Google Maps Fake Business Problem Gets Big Media Coverage
Google My Business Launches Short Names, Cover Photo, Logo & More
Google My Business Team Backlog & Experiencing Delays Of 2-3 Weeks
Google Duplex Bookings Tested In Mobile Search
Complaints Over Google My Business Reinstatement Delays
Google My Business Tests New Design For Console
Google Maps Launches Place Topics
Google Tests Hotel Search Box Without Local Identifier
Google Local Pack Finder Tests Choose Area Feature

Other Google Topics:
Google Webmaster YouTube Channel Breaks 300k Subscribers
Google Webmaster Conference Officially LaunchesForum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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