Notes from the Google Webmaster Hangouts on the 29th of November, 2016.
Submit Old URLs in Sitemaps when Moving Domains
When moving domains, you can submit old redirecting URLs in a Sitemap with a last-modified date on either domain, to help get them re-crawled more quickly.
Migrate Domains During Quiet Periods
Do a domain move during less busy periods to minimise the disruption from the changing search results.
Chrome Will Show Error Message for Non-HTTPS Login
In january 2017, Chrome will include a warning for login pages on HTTP.
Domain Migrations Should Take Couple of Days
A domain migration should be completed within a couple of days provided everything is set up correctly.
PageRank to Noindex Pages is Passed On
PageRank from links to pages which are noindexed will still be passed on to other pages via internal links.
Google Recognises Unique Content
Google tries to recognise unique content on a page which are not on other pages on the web, and content which is duplicated on other pages on the same website, which will not considered the primary content on the page.
No Plans for AMP to be Ranking Factor
John is not aware of any plans at Google to make AMP a ranking factor.
Link Position Doesn’t Affect Weight
The position of links in content doesn’t affect the weighting.
New Content Inherits a Domain Quality Score
Google doesn’t have a domain authority score, but new content for any site Google falls back to a general quality rating until they can establish specific quality information for the page.
Google Might Show Redirected Domains in Search
Google might display a redirected domain in search results for geo-specific queries.