Category Archives: Search Engine Roundtable

Google Request Indexing & Crawl Direct Links Is Not A Replacement For Sitemaps

In Google Search Console, there is a feature under the Fetch as Google tool to request indexing. When you click that...

SEO Agencies Spamming Google? Google Would Take A “Fair Look”

Did you know that Google is willing to review random SEO agencies to see if their SEO practices are fair and within their guidelines? I didn't think Google spent the time doing that...

Reminder: Google Patents & Research Not Always Used In The Ranking Algorithm

Back in 2013, Matt Cutts of Google was clear that having a patent does not mean they use the patent material in their live search ranking algorithm. In fact...

Google Updates The How Search Works Site

Google noted in their project Owl announcement that they also updated their How Google Search Works site. The site was first introduced in March 2013 and had some content and feature revisions over the years...

Google Doodle For Cassini Spacecraft As It Photos Saturn & Its Rings

Today on Google's home page is a special spacecraft Doodle, Google logo, to mark when the Cassini spacecraft begins taking photos and measurements between Saturn and its rings...

Google Adds More Granular Review Filtering In Local Listings

Sergey Alakov was again, the first, if not one of the first, to spot this local reviews change - where when you see a local pack in the Google results, you can now filter those listings by reviews in a more granular manner. So now you can filter by half stars instead of just full stars...

Google Owl Update Promotes Authoritative Content For Fake News Queries

Yesterday, Google officially announced both an algorithm update and procedure changes for managing search results for fake news like content, which Google calls "offensive or clearly misleading content." Danny Sullivan, by far...

Was There A Google Algorithm Update On Monday & Tuesday? Unsure.

Most of the automated tracking tools, with the exception of Algoroo, really showed massive spikes and volatility on either Monday or Tuesday, April 24th or 25th, of this week. The issue is, the chatter in the SEO community is not correlating to those tools...