Google seems to have indexing problems
In an online discussion, Google's John Mueller has confirmed that Google currently has indexing problems:
"This issue should be resolved soon, but it will take a several days for everything to catch up and for these changes to be visible. I'll provide another update after the weekend.
In the meantime, there's no need to make any changes on your side. Content from your sites will continue to be indexed during this time (though perhaps at the moment not as quickly as before in some cases). [...]
I've been in contact with the indexing and diagnostics teams since your initial reports -- we are taking your reports seriously and doing what is necessary to resolve this problem as soon as possible[...]
The issues from this thread, which I have reviewed in detail, are not due to changes in our policies or changes in our algorithms; they is due to a technical issue on our side that will be visibly resolved as soon as possible (it may take up to a few days to be visible for all sites though).
You do not need to change anything on your side and we will continue to crawl and index your content (perhaps not as quickly at the moment, but we hope that will be resolved for all sites soon)."
Google adds recent updates, shared by links in search results
"Google is making search results a little more social. The company's main search results are incorporating real-time results, displaying how many times people have shared news articles and highlighting how many social-network mentions a particular topic has received. [...]
Next to news stories, meanwhile, there is now a 'shared by' link that displays how many times people on social networks have posted about that story. Click on the link and it will also take you to Realtime Search results about that topic."
Google has received another patent for web page classification
"Information kept about a searcher's web history, including browsing and searching, can be used to identify categories that a searcher might be interested in. The profile classification information about queries and documents could be used together with that searcher’s profile to boost some search results. [...]
What's important about this patent filing is that it describes how actual user-based data might be used to help make decisions about how pages may be classified by the search engine. The older patent on the classification of pages from Google, that I mentioned at the start of this post, appears to have evolved to consider how people search and select pages, and how aggregated information about searcher behavior can be used to classify those pages to improve processes like personalized search."
Google will rewrite your title tags for the result pages
Google's John Mueller wrote about rewriting title tags in an online discussion:
"In general, when we run across titles that appear to be sub-optimal, we may choose to rewrite them in the search results. This could happen when the titles are particularly short, shared across large parts of your site or appear to be mostly a collection of keywords.
One thing you can do to help prevent this is to make sure that your titles and descriptions are relevant, unique and compelling, without being 'stuffed' with too much boilerplate text across your site."
Google on manipulating search for online reputation management
"Google would prefer it if business owners actively managed their brands through online reputation management rather than demanding Google remove search results, which goes against the very essence of Google and probably isn't going to happen. [...]
Does 'proactively publish information' mean that Google condones manipulating search results? We have to look closer at the nuances of online reputation management."
Search engine newslets
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- Google's CEO Schmidt: Don't like Google Street View photographing your house? Then move.
- Google automatically creates your AdWords ads with Google Boost.
- Meet Google's new search boss: Udi Manber.
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