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Google On Percentage That Represents Duplicate Content via @sejournal, @martinibuster

Google's John Mueller answers the question of whether there's a percentage at which content is considered duplicate Search Engine Journal

The biggest mystery of Google’s algorithm: Everything ever said about clicks, CTR and bounce rate

There's good reason to suspect that Google uses CTR as a ranking factor. Here's how Google addressed the topic over the years. Search Engine Land

Google Answers If Meta Robots Tags Affect Search Rankings via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

Google Search Advocate John Mueller explains whether the use of meta robots tags can affect webpage rankings in search results. Search Engine Journal

New Google issue may affect ad serving

Yet another potential outage for Google, this time affecting certain ads from delivering. Search Engine Land

TensorStore for High-Performance, Scalable Array Storage

Posted by Jeremy Maitin-Shepard and Laramie Leavitt, Software Engineers, Connectomics at Google Many exciting contemporary applications of computer science and machine learning (ML) manipulate [...] Google Research

Content API for Shopping and Google Ads API updated for country targeting

Google says you can opt-out if you're concerned that your database can't handle datafeeds without a target country. Search Engine Land

4 dos and don’ts of a digital marketing apprenticeship

Structuring a digital marketing apprenticeship? Here's how to ensure you and your apprentice get the most out of working together.  Search Engine Land

Survey Says Again: Links The Most Challenging Area Of SEO

About a year ago, Brodie Clark posted a poll asking SEOs which area of SEO do you find the most challenging. The response a year ago was by far link acquisition and the response this time around is [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google's John Mueller On When, Where & How To Use Hreflang

Google's John Mueller often posts detailed and thoughtful responses on Reddit related to SEO and also general gadget tinkering. In one of his latest SEO posts, he posted a very detailed and [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Bing Tests Colored Sitelink Boxes

Microsoft Bing is testing background colors for the sitelinks section of the search result snippet. I am not sure I like this look but it does indeed make the sitelinks stand out a lot - what do you [...] Search Engine Roundtable

More Google Ad incidents and issues

Hot Google Ad outages in your area Search Engine Land

Google Asks German Reviewers If They Object To Reported Reviews Being Removed

Did you know that in some countries, like Germany, if you report a review as being fake or spam, Google will email the reviewer about the objection and see if they respond? Mike Blumenthal spotted [...] Search Engine Roundtable

NEW Programming Note: Rosh Hashanah 5783 - Happy & Healthy Jewish New Year

This is a programming note that Monday and Tuesday are Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and I will be offline the next two days. I will be offline Monday and Tuesday, September 26th and September [...] Search Engine Roundtable

How to define SERP intent and ‘source type’ for better analysis

Understanding the source types that Google displays in the SERPs helps SEOs know how viable it is to effectively rank for certain queries. Search Engine Land