March 2019 Google Webmaster Report

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We had a nice number of unconfirmed Google search ranking updates this past month including one on March 1st, February 27th, February 22nd, February 18th, February 13th and on February 7th – yea, a busy month for fluctuations in the Google search results. Google Search Console was busy with update too. They announced they are consolidating data for their performance reports going forward. They also announced the launch of domain properties which is replacing property sets since it is going away later this month. Google also added product reports and a new email alert report for traffic changes. Did you now that Google adjust ranking weights for query type? They can detect YMYL types of queries and adjust. But no, Google said again they don’t use CTR for ranking signals. Oh, and let’s not forget about the renewed featured snippets debate on stolen content with the new found on the web Google feature.The ongoing WebmasterWorld chatter is still mostly about ranking changes.It was a busy month, here are the more important Google webmaster related stories from this past month and if you missed the February report get it there.Google Algorithm Updates:
March 1st Google Search Algorithm Ranking Update – Unconfirmed
A Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On February 27th?
Google Search Algorithm Update Signals On Friday February 22nd
Google Search Algorithm Updates Continue Through Weekend
Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update & Fluctuations Continue
Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Happening Today?

Google Search Console:
Google Search Console Performance Report Now Shows Consolidation Data
Google Launches Domain Property In Search Console; Replacing Property Sets
End Of March: Property Sets No Longer Supported In Google Search Console
Google Search Console New Products Report & Merchant/Manufacturer Center Upgrades
Google Search Console Notifications For Drop In Weekly Clicks
Google Search Console Notification: Mobile App Properties No Longer Supported

Google SEO:
Google Algorithms Detect & Adjust Rankings For YMYL Queries
Google Adjusts Algorithms For Categories Of Queries But Not For Industries
Google: CTR, Dwell Time & Other UX Signals Are Made Up Myths
Google Hints The Page Google Shows For The Duplicate Content Cluster Gains Signals
Martin Splitt From Google To Host Video Series On JavaScript & SEO
New Basic Google Video On How Google Search Indexes JavaScript Sites
SEO Tidbits From Google Fights Disinformation White Paper
Google Search Ranking Factors Include “Pornyness”
Google: There Is No Internal Linking Over Optimization Penalty
Google Updates Content Guidelines For QA Pages
Study: Google Featured Snippets Are More Consistent Than I Thought
Google: Multilingual Sites Using Same Image URLs Should Localize Alt Attributes
Don’t Rank For Your Own Brand Name In Google?
Google: Redirecting Spammy Links From Similar Domain Won’t Trick Us
Google Ignores Keyword Spam In CSS
John Mueller’s Greatest SEO Success Story Was…
Google: Don’t Stuff Content At The Bottom Of Your E-Commerce Category Pages
Nope. Google Does Not Use CTR For Core Search Rankings
Google May Treat Figcaption As Caption For Images
Google: Media Search Overlooked By Publishers
Google Denies Negative People Or Organizational Associations Can Downgrade Rankings

Google Local & Maps:
Google My Business Guidelines Prohibits Irrelevant Content In Business Description
Google Local “Get in Line” Button
Business Owners Can Now Reply To Reviews On Google Maps Desktop
Google My Business Launches New Spam Report Form
Google Updates Hotel Reviews Experience
Google Turns On Assistant Calls For Local Businesses After Opting Out
Google Posts Content Now In Some Google Local Listings
Google Maps Adds Hotel Check-In & Check-Out Times

Google User Interface:
Google “Found On The Web” Featured Snippets Spark Debate
Google Image Search On Mobile Adds Swipe To Next
Google Snippet With Popular Product Carousel
Multiple Google User Interface Tests Including People Also Ask Icons
Google Images Related Searches Tests Icons & Images 
Google Tests Favicons For Top Stories
Google Image Search Adds Recently Viewed Section
Google Trending Icon On People Carousel
Google Shows Video Grid Format In Mobile Search Results With Up To 8 Videos
Google Tests Image Carousel With Refinement BubblesForum discussion at WebmasterWorld.


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