2019 Week 17 SEO News Recap

Google Search Bug Selecting Unrelated Canonical URLs & Indexing Issues

Google has announced on Twitter a new bug, this time with Google possibly selecting unrelated canonical URLs. Google said this can impact breadcrumb trails on mobile which might reflect the unrelated URLs. Google also said “in rare cases, it might prevent proper indexing.” Google said they are fixing this and will update us when it is fully resolved.

New European Google local SERPs prompt users to ‘find results on’ other sites

Google appears to be trying to prevent a formal local search antitrust complaint. New SERPs are appearing in Germany that prompt users to try alternative directories or search engines for the same local query. This is part of Google’s ongoing effort to comply with the European Commission’s (EC’s) antitrust decision in shopping search.

DuckDuckGo is Google’s Only Competitor to Gain Organic Search Share in Q1 2019

DuckDuckGo’s organic search growth is outpacing other search engines, with particularly strong gains reported in mobile search. On mobile devices, DuckDuckGo’s organic search visits are up 78% year-over-year. Overall search visits are up 54%. By comparison, Google’s total organic search visits fell 2% year-over-year in Q1 2019. However, Google’s mobile search visits grew 6%.

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