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Google on Partial and Total Site Deindexing via @sejournal, @martinibuster

John Mueller discusses different ways Google removes websites from the search index Search Engine Journal

The real-world impact of keyword stuffing in Google My Business

Many businesses are rebranding completely to skirt Google's guidelines. But when everyone does it, it becomes a branding nightmare. Search Engine Land

Microsoft Bing opens Content Submission API as beta

This now only helps expedite indexing but also bypassing crawling, reducing server resources necessary for being indexed by Microsoft Bing. Search Engine Land

Google: We Do Not Penalize Sites For Using Google Analytics

A competitor to Google Analytics named Simple Analytics wrote on its blog "Google penalizes you for using Google Analytics." John Mueller of Google was asked if this is true and John said [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Why killing your content marketing makes the most sense

“Kill your darlings”, yes, I said it! It may sound crazy but will be one of the wisest and most valuable business decisions you made - here's why Search Engine Watch

Google Talks Hypothetically About Speed As A Ranking Factor - It's Small

Google's John Mueller, Gary Illyes and Martin Splitt released their latests "search off the record" podcast where they pretend to create a search engine named Steve and discuss how they [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google: Internationalized Sites Even With Same English Content Not Duplicate Content

Let's say you have multiple international sites, ccTLDs, with your business registered with a .com for the US, .fr for France, .de for Germany and so on. But you have not translated all of those [...] Search Engine Roundtable

When it comes to mental health, what are we searching for?

You know that exhaustion you’re feeling — the one that no amount of espresso shots or power naps can remedy? Well, it turns out you’re not alone.  Last month in the U.S. we [...] Inside Search

Bing Content Submission API Beta Is Now Available

Microsoft announced last night that the Bing Content Submission API is now in beta and open to be used by site owners, publishers, webmasters or whatever you cool kids are calling yourselves these [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google Local Services Ads Bug May Have Changed Your Bid Mode

Google has a bug with its Local Service Ads program where it may change your bid mode from "Maximize Leads" to "Max Per Lead." Ginny Marvin from Google confirmed the issue [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google Confirms Your Content Be Indexed But Not On All Data Centers

Google's John Mueller confirmed something most of us know, that your site and/or pages can be indexed by Google Search but that not all data centers may have that URL in that specific index at the [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Your eleventh-hour SEO intel on Google’s Core Web Vital metrics

With page experience a definite search ranking signal moving forward, improving web performance and optimizing rich media becomes even more important to business success. Search Engine Land

Google My Business Contact Us Form Select Business Drop Down

Google added a business selection drop down feature to the Google My Business contact us form. So now when you go to the contact us form in the Google My Business help section, it will ask you to [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google Artificially Creating Author Names For Some Search Snippets

Lily Ray shared on Twitter some examples of Google making up artificial author names to attach to some of its search results snippets. She showed some named such as ALP Dull, R Wine, W Wine, and [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google Search Tests Super Wide Image Results Box

Google is testing a incredibly wide image results box in its web search results interface. So instead of the image results box fitting tightly underneath the search box, it expands out to the extent [...] Search Engine Roundtable