Google Mobile First Index From Log Files

At last!

Google has almost answered how we will know when our sites are being served from the looming Mobile First Index.

The answer, as always, will be in your log files.

Those unassuming heroes of the internet which hold so many secrets, yet lie unloved in the corners of your web servers.

Read about how to do it in this extract from TWIS SEO News & Updates 15th December 2017.

#SEO #SEONews #MobileFirst #LogFiles #Googlebot
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Google Dumps AJAX Crawling Scheme

Hooray! At long last Google is dumping escaped fragment URLs.

JavaScript developers the world over can breathe a sigh of relief.

Unless they ignored Google’s warning two years ago that they were going to End of Life it.

And didn’t do anything about it.

In which case they’ll be shocked.

Devs would never do that, would they?

This is an extract from TWIS SEO News & Updates 8th December 2017.

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SEO News & Updates 8th December 2017

I’m really fascinated by this week’s SEO News and Updates for 8th December 2018.

Read it now 🙂

Journalists accept money for mentions of companies in their stories.

Google is dumping rendered AJAX crawling.

Featured Snippets and Knowledge Panels are slowly replacing organic listings until there are none left….

The SEO Bits & Pieces are wild fun as usual.

#SEO #SEONews #LinkSpam #Googlebot #JavaScript #FeaturedSnippets #SERP
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Google Internal Link Anchor Text Matters

In a stunning revelation, Google has said that internal link text matters. Or at least it’s part of the mix.

Or how about this for a wild and crazy idea? Labelling links correctly helps users and search engines contextualises the link and provides a better user experience for all concerned.

Read all about it in this extract from TWIS SEO News & Updates 24th November 2017.

#SEO #SEONews #InternalLinks #UX #Googlebot
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Googlebot Doesn't Crawl HTTP/2

Despite championing HTTP/2 and the speed advantages that come with it, googlebot doesn’t crawl pure HTTP/2 connections, or so it seems.

It’s a bit arcane and technical, but it’s also a bit surprising.

Read more in this extract from TWIS SEO News & Updates w/e 20th October 2017.

#SEO #SEONews #Googlebot #Crawling #HTTP2
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TWIS SEO News & Updates w/e 20th October 2017

I think the SEO News and Updates for w/e 20th October make for interesting reading as it covers off these fine stories.

Read it all now, and enjoy being ahead of the game:

Google Posts Now in GMB API;
Google Maps Adds And Removes Cupcakes Swiftly;
Googlebot Doesn’t Crawl HTTP/2;
New SiteLinks Being Tested;
Food Ordering Comes To Facebook;
As well as some exceptionally interesting SEO Bits & Pieces.

#SEO #SEONews #GooglePosts #GoogleMyBusiness #GoogleMaps #Googlebot #SERP #Facebook
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SEO Bits & Pieces 22 Sept 2017

I like this week’s SEO Bits & Pieces.

It ranges across the gamut of small-scale SEO news and updates.

There’s a bit of Google update chatter, a touch of EU vs Google, some tidbits from Google engineers, and a couple of “teaching your grandmother to suck eggs moments”.

Follow the link to read the ins and outs of this week’s SEO Bits & Pieces.

#SEO #SEONews #GoogleUpdates #EUFine #Googlebot #MobileFirst #HTTP2
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JavaScript Loses 35% of Search Traffic & Revenue

Woah Nelly! I am shocked by this…

You mean JavaScript is not the best thing for SEO since sliced bread?

I can’t believe I’m writing this: JavaScript is sometimes readable by Google, but the other search engines?

It’s like they haven’t even heard of JavaScript.

Read the full story from TWIS SEO News & Updates 01 Sept 2017.

#SEO #JavaScript #Googlebot #WebCrawling #Indexation
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SEO Bits & Pieces 25 August 2017

Click to read the latest SEO Bits and Pieces and find out what entertaining things Google and other have been up to.

Contact me to discuss these Bits and Pieces and how implementing them might help your website to rank and perform better.

#SEO #SEONews #Apple #Googlebot #GoogleSearchConsole #GoogleUpdates #MobileFirst
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SEO Bits and Pieces we 11 August 2017

Read the SEO Bits and Pieces for w/e 11th August 2017. Chock full of smaller changes from the world or search. 

If you would like to discuss ways these SEO updates could impact your web business, please feel free to contact me.

#SEO #Snapchat #LinkSpam #Redirects #Googlebot
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SEO Bits and Pieces 04 August 2017

Read these tasty morsels of SEO Bits & Pieces for a guide to the lastest SEO shenanigans and tips on how best to deal with them.

If you would like to discuss ways these SEO Bits and Pieces could impact your web business, feel free to contact me.

#SEO #SERP #GoogleAdwords #MobileSearch #UserExperience #Googlebot
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Googlebot Web Rendering Service Revealed

Read this guide on how Googlebot’s Web Rendering Service works, and tips on how to set up your website to be easily crawled and indexed by it.

Contact me to discuss how best to get your content into a state where it can be Found, Crawled and Indexed – that is critical for surfacing in SERPs.

#SEO #Googlebot #WebCrawling #GoogleIndex
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TWIS SEO News 04 August 2017

Read the TWIS SEO News and Updates for w/e 4th August 2017. This week there are a bunch of interesting stories to read, including:

– Google Reveals Two Secret Google Search Console Features;
– Google Demonstrates How Googlebot Web Rendering Works;
– Two Google Algorithm Flaws Exposed;
– Only 20% of Clicks Now Go to No.1 – New CTR Study;
– Are You Checking Your GMB Pages for Mystery Updates?;
– As well as some fabulously fascinating Bits & Pieces.

#SEO #GoogleSearchConsole #Googlebot #WebSpam #LocalSEO #ClickThroughRates
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Google Likes Tasty Breadcrumbs

Find out why Google Likes Breadcrumbs so much in this post, and read 6 tips on how to implement them for a bit of crawling and ranking love from Google. Doing this could impact your web business.

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Google XML Sitemaps LOL

Click to the link to read the free thought-piece, with actionable insights into the thoughts of Google and how they think Most CMSs Produce XML Sitemaps. Having great XML Sitemaps can influence your crawling and indexation and, ultimately, impact your web business…

#SEO #XMLSitemaps #TechnicalSEO #Googlebot… Read More


TWIS 12 May 2017

Read the 5 most important updates to SEO for w/e 12 May 2017: Pages Ranking for 1000+ Keywords; BrightEdge / SearchMetrics Patent Dispute; Adding Video Does Not Assist Rankings; Events Debut on US Mobile; How Google Crawls 404s; and a number of other interesting bits and pieces.

#OrganicSERPs #Googlebot #ContentStrategy #StructuredData #Patents… Read More


The Week In Search 05 May 2017

Read the 5 most important updates to organic search w/e 5th May 2017: Chrome’s Not Secure Warnings, RankBrain irrelevance to SEO, Google Job Search in the works, AdSense 300*250 ATF SEO issues and W3C Validation unimportant and a number of other interesting bits and pieces.

#HTTPS #SEOStrategy #WebsiteStrategy #MobileStrategy #Googlebot… Read More


The Week In Search 28 Apr 2017

Read the 5 most important search updates w/e 28-Apr-2017: the Project Owl Fake News Offensive; Quality Filtering in the Local Pack; Google Assistant winning the battle of the PVAs; AMP disappearing from SERPs; Googlebot not listening to podcast audio; and a few further bits and pieces…

#GoogleSearch #GoogleLocal #StarRatings #MobileSearch #AMP #GoogleBot… Read More