October 2018 Google Webmaster Report

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The month of September was an insane month for Google, specifically for SEOs and webmaster. We have several unconfirmed algorithm updates with a couple confirmed ones. Google updates their image search design and algorithms as well. Google had their 20th birthday. Search Console came out of beta and also Google released new features for the knowledge graph.Google also released the dynamic rendering docs, added more features to Search Console and released a boat load of new search features linked to below. Oh, and let’s not forget all the user interface and Google Maps tests this past month.It was a busy month and the ongoing chatter in the WebmasterWorld thread is super busy around the Google updates still. Here is a quick way to catch up on it all.Here are the curated topics I picked out from the last 30 days or so:Google Algorithm Updates & More:
Google Birthday Update: Google Confirms Small Algorithm Update On September 27th
Google Search Algorithm Update On September 27th
Google Search Algorithm Shifts Around September 19th?
Google Algorithm Update On September 11th
Google Search Ranking Update Brewing? Early Signs Of Algorithm Shifts.
Google Images Algorithm Now Uses Page Authority & Image Placement On A Page
Google Search Launched 2,453 Changes In 2017
Google’s 20th Birthday Logo Remembers Popular Searches
Google Datasets Search – Searching Large Dataset Databases

Google Search Console:
Google Search Console Is Out Of Beta But More To Still Come
Google Search Console Now Defaults To BETA Version
New Google Search Console Adds Live URL Inspection Tool & Manual Actions
Google Search Console Adds Event Markup Report & Sends Notices
Google Displays Search Console Stats In Search Results
Is The Google Search Console Page Filter Throwing Off Accuracy?

Google SEO:
Google Topic Layer To Knowledge Graph, Enabling Dynamic Categorization & More
Google Finally Releases Dynamic Rendering Documentation
Google: With Mobile-First Indexing, App Interstitials Can Be Problematic
Google: Making Quality Links Is Against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines
Google Mobile First Indexing Migrations Not Done – Will Takes Years
Google Images Search Adds Creator & Credit Metadata For Image Credits
Can A Site Killed By Google Panda Come Back From The Dead
Google: Manual Actions Still Expire & Sometimes Algorithms Take Over
Google Sends Out Many Mobile-First Indexing Enabled Notices
Google: We Don’t Support Checking Millions Of Domains For Manual Actions In Bulk
Google: Does It Matter Where Your XML Sitemap File Is Located?
Google: A Change In Structured Data Formats Won’t Result In Drop In Indexed Pages
Google Responds To Auto-Translated Content Spam Issue; It’s About Intent
Google: We Index & Rank Content In Accordions & Tabs Fully Despite Some Studies
Google Canada Caught With Paid Link For Non-Profit Contribution

Google User Interface:
Google Image Search Desktop Redesign Officially Rolls Out
Google Tests Navigation Slider For Mobile Search Results
Google Tests Clustering Featured Snippet Refinement Bubbles
Google Tests Tabs On Branded Knowledge Panels
Google Tests Auto-Expanding People Also Ask Box
Fixed: Google Search Results Bug Prevents Clicks To URLs With + Characters
Google Blue Shield Icon In Snippets For Some Government Sites?
New Google Sitelinks With Image Thumbnails
Google Tests Related Images Hover Interface
Google Tests New Video Search Results Box

Google Search Features:
Google Related Activity & Collections In Search
Google Feed Is Now Google Discover
Google Lens Coming To Google Images
Google Tests Expandable Top Stories List View
Google Search Broke For 12 Hours On A Query

Google Local, Maps, Posts:
Google: You Can Place Your Company Reviews From 3rd Parties On Your Web Site
Google Maps Now On Apple CarPlay & It’s Okay
Google Tests Search Box For Local Business Reviews
Google Tests Explore Carousel For Local Results
Google My Business “Located In” Feature For Address Information
Google Moves Google Posts At Bottom Of Search Results
Google My Business Adds Family Led Attribute Icon
Google Posts Now Allows 1,500 Character Posts
Google Maps Showing Future Open Dates For Businesses
Google My Business Adds Localized Business NamesFor last month, see our September report.Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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