Next on Live with Search Engine Land: Season wrap-up—COVID and disruption

On Friday, August 14, Search Engine Land’s editor-in-chief, Ginny Marvin, will lead a discussion with the other Search Engine Land editors about the effects of the disruptions marketers have experienced in the past several months including COVID, anti-trust, privacy, data and social activism1. Ginny and the panelists will revisit what marketers were focusing on back in…

Google adds ‘last updated’ hours notification to GMB profiles

Google My Business (GMB) profiles now indicate when business hours were last updated. A small but important change, this happened roughly two weeks ago. Not a test. Some SEOs interpreted this as a test when it first appeared, but I confirmed with Google today that it’s not. In the examples below — both are London…

Google Asking Searcher: How Fast Did This Site Load?

Google is now asking some searchers how fast a site loaded after visiting the site and jumping back to the search results. Taylor Berg posted a screen shot on Twitter of this in action the other day, here it is.

Google updates Search Console API infrastructure

Google announced it has been working on upgrading the API for Google Search Console. Although Google said “the API is backward compatible and there are currently no changes in scope or functionality,” there are some changes you should be aware of. The changes. Google said that some may have “already noticed some minor changes, but in general,…

August 2020 Google Webmaster Report

Last month was not that slow of a month, while we didn’t have any confirmed Google search algorithm updates, we had several unconfirmed ones and some felt pretty big. Google also said it will weight business names less

SEO myth-busting: What is not a Google search ranking factor

SEOs and site owners love to talk about various Google ranking factors. While we know content and links are still important signals, there is always chatter about elements that Google has repeatedly stated don’t actually affect rankings. Here are some of the signals that Google has said are not direct ranking signals in its Search…