2019 Week 51 SEO News Recap

Personal results in the Google app are all but gone

Google holds an astonishing amount of your personal data, and until recently, the company helped you easily access some of it through its Search app on Android. You could use the preinstalled search engine to find text messages, contacts, calendar events, email conversations, your web history, and more. The functionality even integrated with some third-party apps such as Todoist. However, it looks like the personal search results are now all but gone from the Google app.

Google: We Try To Understand Comment Sections But It Is Primary Content

Google’s John Mueller said in a webmaster hangout that Google does try to understand the blog comments section of a page but at the same time would still categorize that section as primary content. It is interesting to hear that Google considers comments as part of the primary content, unlike navigation, footer, etc but at the same time does try to understand that you do have a comments section that your staff did not actively write.

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

France’s competition watchdog fined Google 150 million euros ($167 million) on Friday for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers, saying it applied opaque rules and changed them at will. It is the first penalty imposed by the French antitrust watchdog against the U.S. tech company in a number of clashes with French authorities, and as Google faces a growing number of investigations into its business practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Google said it would appeal the decision.

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