2018 Week 50 SEO News Recap

Google officially drops support for several old Search Console reports

Google announced Thursday on Twitter that it has officially removed several of the old reports within the old Google Search Console. This comes as no surprise as we reported earlier that Google would be dropping these reports on December 13. Google removed several reports from the old version of the Google Search Console. The specific reports that were removed include the AMP, Index Status, Links, Manual Actions, Mobile Usability, Rich Cards, and Search Analytics reports.

Expediting changes to Google+

In October, Google announced that they’d be sunsetting the consumer version of Google+ and its APIs because of the significant challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations, as well as the platform’s low usage. They recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API. This bug was fixed within a week of it being introduced, but Google decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; within the next 90 days.

Google Rolls Out Image Thumbnails In Related Searches

In August we caught Google testing showing thumbnails or icons in the related searches options in the mobile search results. Well now it seems to be fully live for all searchers on mobile. Not for all queries and related searches but for many.

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