Google Webmaster Hangout Notes: January 13th 2017

Adam Gordon
Adam Gordon

On 15th January 2017 • 1 min read

Notes from the Google Webmaster Hangout on the 13th of January, 2017.


Whitelisting Googlebot for First-click-free Isn’t Cloaking

With First Click-Free, you can whitelist the Googlebot user agent to see all articles, and it won’t be considered cloaking.


Google Doesn’t Crawl with a Referrer or Cookies

Googlebot doesn’t include a referrer URL when crawling, and doesn’t use cookies.


Non-Country Regional Domains are Treated As Top Level Domains

Regional domains which don’t target specific countries, such as .berlin, will be treated as top-level domains and won’t have any geographic targeting applied.


Ranking Boost from Geographic Targeting is Query Specific

The ranking boost for geographic targeting is specific to the query.


Google Will Send Alerts for Mobile-first Issues

Google will send alerts for mobile-first issues such as mobile pages having less content and markup than desktop pages.


Internal Links Opening in New Window Are Treated Normally

Internal links which open in a new window are treated the same as any other link.


Adam Gordon
Adam Gordon

Former Product Manager at Deepcrawl (2015-2019).



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