October 2017 Google Webmaster Report

This past month was filled with many many Google algorithm shifts, ranking changes, tools going nuts and chatter at all times high. We saw lots of ranking changes last week which Google didn’t really confirm. Then the week of September 15th or so and then a couple weeks before that. Heck, we even reported about a local ranking algorithm shift this month. Google replaced the first click free program with flexible sampling, brought back 10 suggestions and added more testers to the new Search Console. Google addressed the click data SEO thing again after possibly misspeaking? And so much more.The ongoing WebmasterWorld thread is still chattering about the algorithms shifts from later last week.Here is a summary of the stories from the past month that are Google webmaster related:Google Algorithms:
Google On Algorithm & Ranking Updates This Week: We’re Always Improving Our Search Results
More Google Algorithm & Search Results Shuffling
Google Search Ranking Update Chatter Continues
Google Search Algorithm Update On September 16th
Google Search Algorithm Update Today
Google Search Ranking & Algorithm Update Underway? Chatter…
Google Local Algorithm Update August 22, 2017: Possum Updated?
Google: Search Algorithm Monitoring Tools Get It Right
Google’s Ranking Algorithms Dynamically Change Based On Query & Context
Google: There Is No Top Three Search Ranking Signals
Google: Number One Search Ranking Factor Is Awesomeness

Google Search:
Google Replaces First Click Free Program With Flexible Sampling: Metering & Lead-In
Should Google Label Content Served Through Flexible Sampling?
New Google iOS App Has Related Content Bar
Google Autocomplete Showing 10 Suggestions Again

Google Search Console:
More Screen Shots: Google Search Console Beta & Indexed, Low Interest Filter
Google Opens Up The New Google Search Console To More Testers
Google Search Console Kills Fetch As Google For Mobile Apps
Export Added To Beta Google Search Console Index Coverage Report
Google Search Console Updates Rich Cards Job Listings Report
New Google Search Console Beta Data To Come To API In Future

Google SEO:
Google Is Updating Their SEO Starter Guide For Mobile & More
Google Brain Canada: Google Search Uses Click Data For Rankings?
Google: We Don’t Use Click Data Directly For Search Rankings
Google: Not In The Cache? Doesn’t Mean Your Pages Are Low Quality
Google: Competition Different Across Different Country Domains
Google Keeps Debunking 301 Redirect Dilution Myths
Google: Our Algorithms Don’t Look At Disavow Files
Google Ignores rel=shortlink Link Attribute
Google: No Changes On Use Of Image Meta Data In Search
Google: We Don’t Rank Big Or Large Sites Better
Google: Shopping Cart Abandonment Not A Search Ranking Factor
Google On How To Move Your M-Dot To Responsive Before Mobile-First Index Rollout
Different Title Tags To GoogleBot & GoogleBot Mobile
Google Does Not Support TravelAction Schema, Yet
No, Google Isn’t Ranking M-Dot Domains Higher Than Responsive Sites
Google Checks For Spam Patterns Between Search Console Accounts?
Google: When Going HTTPS, Migrate Whole Site At Once
Google Supports WebSub & PubSubHubbub
Google: Does Your XML Sitemaps Need To Load Fast?
Google: Malware Cleaned Up, No Long Term Impact On Rankings
Google Wants You To Ignore The Cache Date
Google: Boilerplate Content Is Not Harmful Or Toxic
Google: Technically 404s Do Use Up Google Crawl Budget
Google: Responsive Sites Don’t Need To Worry About Mobile First Index
Google: We Do Not Manually Review All Spam Reports
Google Now Serving More AMP Content In Mobile Search Results
Googlebot Still On Hold On Supporting HTTP/2
Does The Time To Fetch & Render Indicate Possible Google Crawling Issues?
Google: Faking Article Dates Is An Old Trick

Google User Interface:
Newish: Google Image Carousel Sliders In Mobile
Google Featured Snippets Relocates AMP Icon
Google To Find E-Books At Your Public Library
Google Movie Reviews Tests Audience Reviews
Google Tests White Knowledge Panels
Google Tests People Also Search For On Right Side Bar
Google Featured Snippets Tests Related Query Refinements

Google Local:
Now Live: Google Local Finder Website Mentions
Google Tests Indoor Maps In The Local Knowledge Panel
Google Local Panel Tests Small Map Icon Interface
Google Turns Off Questions & Answers For White House Local Result

Google Misc:
Google Birthday Surprise Spinner For Google’s 19th Birthday Tomorrow
Apple Switches Back To Google For Search On iOS & Mac
Google Updates Keyword Tool To Remove Jew Haters Suggestions
Google Analytics Better Tracks AMP Pages With AMP Client ID API
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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