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July 2019 Google Webmaster Report

Here is that big recap where I go over the past month of changes related to Google search and webmaster topics and sum up the more important bits. This month we had the June 2019 core update and the diversity update roll out earlier this month. We had Google say they probably will pre-announce these updates in the future.

Google will change how they process noindex and other directives in the robots.txt file. Google also submitted robots.txt to be a real web standard and open sourced its Googlebot parser for robots.txt so others can use it. Google said they may crack down on leased subdomains on third party sites. Google stopped supporting social profile markup for knowledge panels.

Google Search Console got mobile-first indexing tools and dropped the preferred domain setting this month. But with that, Google may be done with removing features from Google Search Console - I hope. Google is sending out top query changes alerts via Google Search Console. They added copy and search code to those tools and expanded the overview reports to 90-days. Google also launched their icon based new search bar earlier this month. Oh and Google Maps got some bad press this month and launched some Google My Business features.

It was a busy month to say the least and honestly last month was busy as well. The ongoing WebmasterWorld chatter is pretty slow right now, mostly July 4th traffic related.

Here are the stories you might want to review or scan for the month if you were on vacation and didn't read this site daily:

Google Algorithm Updates:

Google June 2019 Core Update Finished Rolling Out Saturday, June 8th Big & Still Going: The Google June 2019 Core Search Algorithm Update DailyMail: 50% Drop In Traffic After Google June 2019 Core Update Google Change Restricts Two Listings From Same Domain For Most Search Results Potential Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On June 27th Possible Google Search Algorithm & Ranking Update June 19th Google: Core Update Is Not Like The Panda Algorithm Moz: Google Diversity Update Was A Tiny Improvement & Maybe A PR Maneuver Google On Why You Can't Fix Core Update Issues Or Can You? The Google Search Algorithm Is A Lot Of Trial & Error Coding? Google To Pre-Announce Future Core Search Algorithm Updates Google SEO: Google To Drop Any Support For crawl-delay, nofollow, and noindex in robots.txt Google Works To Make Robots Exclusion Protocol A Real Standard List Of All The GoogleBot Robots.txt Specifications Changes Google Shares Its Robots.txt Parser Code With Open Source World Google Immediately Processes Disavow Files But Links Get Disavowed Over Time Will Google Crack Down On Sites Leasing Out Its Subdomains Google Deprecates Support For Social Profile Markup For Knowledge Panels Businesses Can No Longer Specify Its Social Media Buttons In Local Panels Google Proposes Building XML Sitemaps Into WordPress Core Google: Mobile-First Indexing Goes By Root Domain; Your Subdomains Move Over With Root Google: Links & Title Tags Matter To Ranking Google: The HTTPS Ranking Signal Measurably Affects Enough Queries Google Confirms GoogleBot Does Not Support HTTP Pipelining Google Does Show Hidden Content In Accordions & Tabs As Featured Snippets Google: Using Tag Manager For SEO Is Fine? Google: It May Be Worth Looking Into Compressing HTML & CSS Google Says Sometimes Old Posts Are Still Relevant, But Not In That Example Google: Site Migrations Can Take About A Day If Done Correctly Google: Disallowed URLs Through Robots.txt Does Not Affect Crawl Budget Images In Featured Snippets & Google Search Console Rankings Can Confuse You Google SEO Mythbusting Video On SEO Challenges With Web Frameworks Google SEO Myth Busting Video On Web Performance SEO Mythbusting Video On The Future Of The Web (Web Evolution) Google Posts JavaScript SEO Myth Busting Video Google Search Console: Google Search Console Adds Mobile-First Indexing Information To Reports & Tools Google Removes Preferred Domain Setting From Search Console Google Probably Won't Be Turning Off Any Other Search Console Features Google Search Console Alerts: Change In Top Queries For Your Site Google Search Console Adds Copy & Search Code Google Search Console Discover & Search Overview Expands To 90-Days Google May Bring Full Page Screenshot Renders To Testing Tools Google Search Console Data Delay Resolved But Google Is Investigating Google Search Console Coverage Report Suffering 10-Day Delay Google Asks: Want A Nofollow Filter On The Internal Link Report In Search Console Google Mobile Friendly Testing Tool Tests New Evergreen GoogleBot Google Search Console Missing Image Search Traffic Between June 5th & 7th Sudden Spike In Google Search Console Errors & Google My Business Suspensions Google User Interface & Features: Google Officially Launches New Search Menu Bar With Icons Updated: Google Bug Knowledge Panels Without Attribution Google: Featured Snippet With Zero Attribution Was A Bug, Not A Test Google: We Do Not Show Favicons On Some Browsers Google Adds Link To Lyrics Provider & Former Googler Blames Ranking Team For Confused Lyric Result Google To Genius: From Now On, We Will Show You Who Is Stealing Your Lyrics Genius: We Caught Google Red Handed Stealing Our Lyrics Google Allows Emojis, Links & Unicode In FAQ Rich Results - For Now... Google Bug Shows Tons Of Links In Featured Snippets Google Featured Snippets More Images Section Google Image Search Tests Sticky Image Preview Box Google Images Makes It Easier To Share GIFs Google Might Be Testing A Text Based Button In Its Search Box Google Possibly Testing Stackable People Also Search For Buttons Search Google For Fireworks & Get A Fireworks Show New Google User Interface Updates: Refine Layers, Mini-Carousels, Shopping Toggle, Mortgage Calculator & More Google Search Snippets Showing Tags Section Google Organic Results Merging Local Knowledge Panel For Branded Queries? Google Refine By Tests Additional Refinement Layers Can Expandable Content Show In Google Features Snippets Google Tests Weird Rotating People Also Ask Feature Google Local: Google Maps Fake Business Problem Gets Big Media Coverage Google My Business Launches Short Names, Cover Photo, Logo & More Google My Business Team Backlog & Experiencing Delays Of 2-3 Weeks Google Duplex Bookings Tested In Mobile Search Complaints Over Google My Business Reinstatement Delays Google My Business Tests New Design For Console Google Maps Launches Place Topics Google Tests Hotel Search Box Without Local Identifier Google Local Pack Finder Tests Choose Area Feature Other Google Topics: Google Webmaster YouTube Channel Breaks 300k Subscribers Google Webmaster Conference Officially Launches

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