2019 Week 19 SEO News Recap

The new evergreen Googlebot

Google announced that Googlebot now runs the latest Chromium rendering engine (74 at the time of the post) when rendering pages for Search. Moving forward, Googlebot will regularly update its rendering engine to ensure support for latest web platform features. Compared to the previous version, Googlebot now supports 1000+ new features, like: ES6 and newer JavaScript features, IntersectionObserver for lazy-loading, and Web Components v1 APIs.

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2019 Week 18 SEO News Recap

Google My Business May Offer Premium Features for a Monthly Fee

Google is sending out surveys to gauge peoples’ interest in paying for access to premium Google My Business features. Part-way through, the survey introduces you to possible new Google My Business features that the company is considering rolling out as premium offerings. Google seems to be seriously considering offering premium GMB features in the form of subscription bundles.

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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.

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2019 Week 16 SEO News Recap

Google Search Console is Still Affected by Indexing Bug

Google’s indexing bug was resolved last week, but Search Console is still recovering. Site owners may notice their index coverage and enhancement reports in Search Console have not been updated recently. In addition, the URL inspection tool may return data that is not reflective of the live status. However, Google says the URL inspection tool can still be used to resubmit pages, but be aware the status report might not be correct.

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2019 Week 15 SEO News Recap

AMP to support custom JavaScript with amp-script

Google announced that AMP will support custom JavaScript. This is a teaser of what is to be announced at the upcoming AMP conference in Tokyo, Japan. JavaScript is not just one of the oldest languages for the web, it is almost one of the fastest growing. So now that AMP will support it, developers can more widely adopt AMP on their web applications and web sites.

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2019 Week 14 SEO News Recap

User experience improvements with page speed in mobile search

Google shared some data around the aftermath of launching its Google Speed Update officially in July 2018. After Google giving site owners notice of the update in January of 2018, Google saw that that the slowest one-third of traffic had performance metrics improve by 15% to 20% in 2018. In contrast, it saw zero improvements in 2017.

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