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Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools

Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools

By Chris Crum April 1, 2014

Google announced an adjustment to the way sites’ index status data appears in Webmaster Tools. The index status feature now tracks a site’s indexed URLs for both HTTP and HTTPS as well as for verified subdirectories. In the past, it …

How Many Spiders Does Google Have?
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Google has posted a short but interesting video to its Webmaster Central YouTube channel. A user asked the question, "How many bots/spiders does Google currently have crawling the web?" and Google’s Matt Cutts gave his answer.

Google Rolls Out Breadcrumb Display in SERPs
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Update: Google announced today that it will now be rolling out the use of breadcrumbs in seach results on a global basis. They will only be used in place of some URLs – mainly the ones that don’t give the added context of a link the way that the breadcrumbs do. Google says:

Google to Start Crawling Google Docs Documents
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Google has quietly announced that Google Docs documents that are published will soon be crawlable. This means if you have published documents as web pages, or used the publish/embed option for a document, and it has been linked to on the web, it can be indexed by Google and other search engines.

Google Improves Flash Indexing Capabilities
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Last year, Google began crawling and indexing Flash content, but now Google has announced that it can also index external resource loading. In other words, Google can index external content that loads within an SWF file, and associate it with that file, so that it will appear in search results.

For example, a site that loads something like this in Flash:

Transporter Flash file

..might appear in a Google SERP like this:

Google Gives SEO Advice to the World
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Google announced today that its SEO Starter Guide is now available in 40 languages. This covers 98% of the global Internet audience according to the company.

"We hope that webmasters around the world can use the guide to improve their sites’ crawlability and indexing in search engines," says Brandon Falls of Google’s Search Quality Team.

Google Sued For Trespassing

A California resident is suing Google for trespassing. Apparently Google’s Street View driver ignored a "No Trespassing" sign, drove down a private road, and snapped photos of the resident’s house.

SES San Jose – Getting Started With SEO

Shawn MooreThis sponsored session was an entry level overview of what websites should be doing on their website to get visibility and rankings in search engines.

Google Counts First Link, Not Second, Says SEO
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Got a couple of links on one page to another page? Google only has love for the first one, no matter what you do with it.

Google nerd-fighting over NOINDEX tag

Matt Cutts says an internal discussion over how to treat the NOINDEX tag has the company debating the best way to handle pages using it.

Google Denies Censoring Egyptian Footballer
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At the end of January, Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika was the talk of the soccer world. Scoring the winning goal to defeat Sudan’s team, Aboutrika raised his shirt to reveal a message of Palestinian sympathy.

Google Denies Censoring Egyptian Footballer

It read: Sympathize with Gaza.

Google Indexes New Blogs With Few Delays
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Owners of new Blogspot or WordPress sites may worry that Google won’t index them.  And we can’t guarantee that Google will do so quickly, or even that the search giant will do so at all.  There’s a fair amount of evidence suggesting that things will be taken care of sooner rather than later, however.

Sitemaps? Just The FAQs, Ma’am
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Google has been a sitemaps backer for some time, and they provided some answers to questions webmasters asked during SES Chicago last month.

Google Indexing Sites in 1 Day Again
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I created a new site on Friday, and by Saturday exactly 24 hours later it was in Google’s Index. I posted about this just over a month ago in my post, 7 Steps to Get Your New Site Indexed in 24 Hours.

I had a lot of comments about whether or not Adwords was necessary, so I thought I’d try it again without running Adwords this time. Here’s how it all played out:

Google Explains Meta Tags
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Search engines pay attention to some tags, and none to others. Remember when the ‘keywords’ meta tag mattered? Ah, the good old days.

Newspapers Propose New Indexing Standards

This should come as no surprise from the people who’d sue you to stop you from linking to them: at a publishers’ consortium today, after complaining about the limited nature of robots.txt, the newspaper industry has proposed new standards to prevent search engines (and other sites) from indexing their sites willy-nilly.