When you’re searching for a podcast about a topic on Google, they’ll show you playable episodes in Search results alongside web pages, news, images and videos. We’ll surface these episodes based on Google’s understanding of what’s being talked about on a podcast, so you can find even more relevant information about a topic in audio form. Soon, you won’t necessarily need the term “podcast” in your search to see episodes, making podcast discovery simpler across Search.
Google’s indexing issues are resolved and Google is once again able to both crawl, index and rank fresh new content within minutes. Google has now officially confirmed this. Recently, Google stopped showing fresh content in its search results. If you filtered the news or web search results for content from sites that published content frequently, it would only show you content from before around 3am ET on August 8th. This was similar to the indexing issues from this past May.
Some may speculate that Google doesn’t just index a URL and the content on that URL as a whole, but may index parts of a page independently. That is not true, Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter “We don’t index parts of a page independently, we index the pages as a whole, and try to understand the context of the content there.”