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VOL. VII, No. 2220 - Archive
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Are Hyphens in Domain Names OK for Google? via @sejournal, @martinibuster

Are keywords in the domain name overrated? Google's John Mueller discusses keywords in domain names in the context of SEO. Search Engine Journal

A reminder on qualifying links and our link spam update

If you monetize your websites and blogs with affiliate links or sponsored and guest posts, it's very important to qualify these links. Learn more about commercial links and link spam Google Webmaster Central

Google Link Spam Algorithm Update Rolling Out on July 26 via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

Google begins rolling out the “link spam update,” which makes its algorithms more effective at identifying and nullifying link spam. Search Engine Journal

Google Search link spam update rolling out now

A new spam algorithm is rolling out over the next two weeks aimed at fighting link spam more broadly. Search Engine Land

Mental health trends & how they affect communities of color

Editor’s note: July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month . To bring awareness to mental health, Asad Abdullah II — a Google engineer, trauma-informed [...] Inside Search

Why Google May Remove a Site’s FAQ Rich Results via @sejournal, @martinibuster

Google's John Mueller explains the reasons why Google may remove FAQ rich results displayed by a site Search Engine Journal

Google passes on 2% “Regulatory Operating Cost” for ads served in India and Italy

Google will start applying the surcharge beginning on October 1. Search Engine Land

Google review snippets bug seems resolved

Google seems to have fixed the bug where review snippets were not displaying in Google Search. Search Engine Land

Google Publishes The Privacy Sandbox Timeline

On Friday, Google published a detailed timeline for the rollout of its Privacy Sandbox. Google said this "timeline reflects when we expect new technologies will be ready to support key use [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Olympic Athletes In 3D & AR In Google Search

Google now has some of the more well known Olympic athletes in 3D and AR (augmented reality) in Google Search. You can easily access it by going to on mobile or in the Google App and [...] Search Engine Roundtable

NEW Daily Search Forum Recap: July 28, 2021

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today... Search Engine Roundtable

Daily Search Forum Recap: July 27, 2021

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Google launched a new link spam algorithm update, [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google High Heels

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Unconfirmed Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update July 23rd & 24th

We may have had one of those smaller unconfirmed Google Search algorithm and ranking updates over the weekend. It may have started on Friday, July 23rd and spiked more on Saturday July 24th. I am [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Advances in TF-Ranking

Posted by Michael Bendersky and Xuanhui Wang, Software Engineers, Google Research In December 2018, we introduced TF-Ranking , an open-source TensorFlow-based library for developing [...] Google Research