Google Webmaster Hangout Notes: August 11th 2017

Sam Marsden
Sam Marsden

On 16th August 2017 • 4 min read

Notes from the Google Webmaster Hangout on the 11th of August, 2017.

 

Google Takes Rel Canonical To Be Mistake If Present With Noindex

If a canonical and noindex are both present on a page, Google’s algorithms judge the rel canonical to be a mistake and the noindex as being used as a way to force a canonical.

 

Search Analytics Shows All Impressions Using Page Level View

Search Analytics in GSC filters out queries with very few impressions but can see the full numbers when you use the report on a page level basis.

 

Using Google Services Doesn't Improve Site Relevancy or SERPs

Using Google Services such as Analytics, Search Console, AdWords or Adsense does not make your site more relevant in Google’s eyes and does not improve organic rankings.

 

Google Recommends Keeping Redirects For At Least One Year

Google recommends keeping redirects for one year minimum. This is because URLs will, in the worst case scenario, be crawled by Googlebot every six months, so a having the redirect in place for a year would give Google the chance to see that redirect at least twice.

 

GSC's Unlisted Setting Used For Domains Switching From Country-Specific to International Focus

Unlisted setting used in Search Console explicitly says to use geo-targeting on the site. John recommends using this setting if a domain was previously highly focused on a particular country and you want to change it to have an international or global focus.

 

JS Content Indexed Depending If Visible to Googlebot On Page Load

Javascript content that is known by Google when the page is loaded is indexable (e.g. tabbed content). If Javascript is used to load content on the page, Googlebot would likely miss this content.

 

Adding Noindex To Pages Further Down In Paginated Series Is Fine

It is ok to noindex further down in a paginated series. This can be noindexing all pages after the first couple or first hundred, it is up to the webmaster. However, crawl budget will not be impacted as Googlebot still crawls these noindex pages.

 

Submit Sitemap With Updated Last Modification Date For Faster Crawling of Updated Pages

Submit a sitemap file with an updated last modification date to speed up the process of crawling and indexing of pages that have been changed.

 

Mark As Fixed Feature In GSC Is Only For User's Benefit

The mark as fixed feature in GSC is only for the user’s benefit so they don’t see an issue anymore. The feature doesn’t let Google know the issue has been fixed or indicate that they need to recheck the page in question.

 

Uncommon Downloads Error Can Show When Downloads Are Tagged

Uncommon downloads errors show in GSC for downloads that Google haven’t been checked and that are unique. In particular this can happen when downloads are tagged. You can request for these to be reviewed within GSC.

 

Ensure Separate Sitemap Files Don't Contain URL Overlap

Having separate dynamic and static sitemap files is fine, as long as there is no URL overlap.

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Sam Marsden
Sam Marsden

Sam Marsden is DeepCrawl's SEO & Content Manager. Sam speaks regularly at marketing conferences, like SMX and BrightonSEO, and is a contributor to industry publications such as Search Engine Journal and State of Digital.

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