2018 Week 42 SEO News Recap

Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+

At the beginning of this year, Google started an effort called Project Strobe—a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data and of their philosophy around apps’ data access. This project looked at the operation of their privacy controls, platforms where users were not engaging with their APIs because of concerns around data privacy, areas where developers may have been granted overly broad access, and other areas in which their policies should be tightened. This articles highlights the first four findings and actions from this review.

3 reasons why Google My Business search queries don’t match Search Console

Search Queries launched in Google My Business in July of 2018, but they didn’t become available for everyone until the end of August. Now that this new feature is fully rolled out, the biggest issue I have run into is understanding how it differs from Search Console data. Search Console is reporting on traffic from Google My Business along with traffic from organic (yes, it tracks both). You can separate this traffic by adding UTM codes to your website field in Google My Business.

Google Ignores Browser Location Requests (Allow & Block)

You know those browser requests you get where it says this website wants to know your location and makes you click block or allow? Well, GoogleBot, Google’s crawler ignores them. Since Google ignores them and does not really see them, it shouldn’t have an impact on your rankings.

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