The importance of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in the online market is undeniable. Therefore, it has seen a constant era of development and upgrades from time to time. In fact, it is being updated at the very moment you are reading this sentence.
To keep up with the latest SEO ranking systems, you must feed yourself with up to date knowledge about the latest changes by Google so that you may change the SEO content of your website accordingly and retain your rank on the search results page.
For that purpose, here’s what happened in the past week.
A Traffic Nightmare for Website Owners as Google Acknowledges Update to The Search Page
Recently, a lot of people were chattering in the comment section of Google’s official representatives on social media, most of them claiming to be website owners.
The major issue being the sudden drop in their organic traffic and reach, they demanded to know whether it’s because of an unannounced update from Google, and Google Searchliaison replied.
In their tweet, Google’s official page mentioned,
“Some have asked if we had an update to Google Search last week. We did, actually several updates, just as we have several updates in any given week on a regular basis. In this thread, a reminder of when and why we give specific guidance about particular updates….”
The tweet clearly shows and acknowledges the update people were blaming for tremoring their search results and impressions.
But Google was criticized in different forums like WebmasterWorld all week long. The chatter and discussions included, “Traffic keeps dropping. I did not make any dramatic changes to the websites since the last update, where I gained traffic. Don’t know what the **** Google is doing.”
Another one quoted, “Today keep dropping additional 10%”.
Google Denies Having Set-up A Page Indexing Limit for Websites
On November 22nd, an unusual question appeared on the official twitter account of Google’s very own – John Muller, and quickly rose to attention.
The twitter user, Digital Mosaics, asked the question that could have affected any long term or potential website owner.
The tweet from the above user said, “Is there a maximum amount of static pages Google can Index for one static website? It used to be 250 static pages, and after that, you had to break a website into smaller sites. Is it still true? #AskGoogleWebmasters, @JohnMu”
John Muller, later on, replied to the tweet saying, “There is no limit.”
Now, this actually means that no matter how many webpages are there on a website, Google will have no limit on how far they could go. Otherwise, as the user said, websites having more than 250 pages would have to be divided into smaller versions as separate websites. As far as the specific number of indexed pages is concerned, of course, there would be a limit but Google has not yet revealed it. Judging from their response to this query, it should be well understood that they don’t plan to reveal this in the future as well.
New Google Meta Tag Bug Now Fixed
Quite recently, one of the latest Google Snippet controls on the internet – the meta tags, included a serious bug in them. The bug would deindex a tagged page from the search results each time a max-image-preview tag was used on the page and its value was set to none.
Google took immediate notice of this issue and had its team on it at the first moment.
A lot of pages were affected but Google promised that a fix will start rolling out soon and the affected pages will be reprocessed.
A tech guy, Dan Nutter, was the first one ever to notice the issue and post it on his twitter account which was brimming with retweets and likes afterward.
His tweet said,
“Hi, Barry have you seen anything from Google about the max-image-preview tag being treated by Googlebot as a noindex when set to none. Seen it w/out nofollow plus the E.g. below w/ nofollow. Feels like the issue needs clarification from Google.”
Shortly after the tweet was the center of attention for every website owner, Google’s John Muller gave a response to cool the warming air on his twitter account,
“I (coincidentally) noticed this as well recently, and the team has made some changes to fix that. I’m guessing it’ll be live soon! We plan to reprocess all of the affected URLs to be able to take it into account a bit faster.”
Therefore, since the issue was resolved, there shouldn’t be a problem for both the website owners and Google.