Here is our monthly Google webmaster report that summarizes and links to the more important SEO and webmaster related stories. The big news this past month was the nice number of unconfirmed Google ranking updates. Google also launched the zero results feature and a new sticky header for their search results.
Google also delisted Search Engine Land, over a bug with their search engine. Google added new Q&A page structured data, said they fixed the Google News indexing issues, released docs on lazy loading content for SEO and an AMP FAQs.
Here is a summary of stories that I wanted to highlight over the past 30 days:
Google Algorithm Updates:
- Google Search Algorithm Update Hits Friday November 30th?
- Google Thanksgiving Search Algorithm Ranking Update
- Mid-November Google Search Algorithm Update Reversals?
- Early Signs Of A Google Search Algorithm Update
- Google Creepy Search Algorithm Update Continues With Stronger Volatility
Google Search Changes:
- Google Really Launches Zero Search Results For Time, Conversions & Math
- Official: Google Sticky Round Search Bar Header Is Live
Google SEO Topics:
- Why Search Engine Land Is Not Currently Indexed In Google
- Google Adds Structured Data For Question & Answer Pages
- Google: We Fixed The Google News Indexing Bug Again & Again
- Google Releases Lazy Loading SEO Help Guide
- Google Posts Large AMP Indexing FAQs For SEOs & Webmasters
- Google Team Meets Regarding SEO Feedback On Display Of Snippets & Search Results
- Speakable Markup Is Now Supported On Google Home Hub
- See How Google Will Show Publishers URLs For AMP Results In Search
- Google PageSpeed Insights Report Revamped With Lighthouse Data
- Google: Quality Raters Guidelines Are Not One-To-One With The Ranking Algorithm
- Google Does Not Use BBB Or Other Trust Building Sites For Ranking
- Why Does Google Confirm Some Core Algorithm Updates & Not Others?
- I Wish Google Would Stop Saying They Do Hundreds Or Thousands Of Updates Per Year
- Google: Build A Site That If Google Doesn’t Rank Well, It Would Be A Search Bug
- PSA: Not All Sites Were Moved Yet To Google Mobile First Indexing
- Google: It’s Worthwhile To Have Unique Images On Each Page
- Google: You Can Rank In Google Even When You Spam By Mistake
- Google Discovered But Currently Not Indexed Help
- Google: Trust Associations & Memberships Are Not Used As Direct Ranking Factors
- Google’s Internal Search Quality Docs Kind Of Mirrors The Manual Actions Help Docs
- Google Tool Scores Your SEO: Should Google Be Scoring Your SEO?
- Google: Alt Image Attribute Is Used By Web Search But More So For Image Search
- Google: You Cannot Opt Out Of Mobile-First Indexing
Google Search Console:
- Notice: Google Search Console To Replace Search Analytics With Performance Report
- Google Search Console Performance Report Drops Some Google Images Data On December 1st
- Google Search Console Index Coverage Report Updated For Mobile-First Indexing
- Google Beta Testers Wanted For The Search Console Performance Report
- Google Search Console Performance Reports Get Event Listings & Detail Filters
- Google Search Console Tests New Domain Property
- Google Launches New Hotel Web Search Results Pack
- Google Releases Google My Business API v4.3
- Google My Business Breaks Out Primary & Additional Business Categories
- Google My Business Apps Gains Messaging, Posting, Photos & Much More
- Google My Business Updates Service Area Businesses Sign Up
- Google “Sold Here” In Local Pack Results
Google User Interface:
- Google Top Stories In Double Carousel View
- Google Tests Image Thumbnails Again In Search Result Snippets
- Google Featured Snippet Refinement Bubbles Video Option
- Google Tests Featured Snippet Image Carousel
- Google Tests Moving Magnifying Glass In Related Searches
- Google Tests Bold URLs & Breadcrumbs In Search Result Snippets
- Google Tests Multifaceted Featured Snippets In Desktop Results Again
- Google Video Carousel Related Videos Query Expansion Feature
- Google Search Tests Expandable Related Queries
- Google Image Search Tests New Image Preview Frame
- Google 2018 Holiday Decorations For Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa Now Live
Also, you can check out the November report if you missed it.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
This is a news feed, by author Barry Schwartz, the original post can be found here December 2018 Google Webmaster Report.