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Google Webmaster Hangout Notes: February 21st 2017

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Notes from the Google Webmaster Hangout on the 21st of February, 2017.


Iframes Can be Used to Block Content

Iframes can be used to block content from being crawled.


Server Performance and Robots.txt Can Impact HTTPS Migrations

An HTTPS migration might have problems if Google is unable to crawl the site due to server performance issues or files blocked in robots.txt.


AJAX Loaded Hamburger Menus Won’t Be Seen by Google

Hamburger menus with content loaded via AJAX probably won’t be seen by Google.


Clean HTTP to HTTPS Migrations Should Take Days

If you do a clean one-to-one redirection to HTTPS, you should see minimal fluctuation of rankings and fairly stable traffic. If you’re seeing an impact on overall rankings and traffic, you should notify Google.


Internal Linking Affects Crawl Frequency

Pages with more internal links are more likely to be crawled more frequently.


Use Redirects to Remove a Separate Mobile Site

If you are moving from a separate mobile site to a responsive site, redirect Mobile URLs back to Desktop and remove the rel alternate links from the desktop pages. You can use JavaScript redirects but it will take longer for Google to pick them up.


Absolute URLs are Required for Sitemaps and Recommended for Internal Links

Relative URLs are fine for internal linking, but Google requires absolute URLs for Sitemaps. Google now recommends using absolute URLs for internal linking to avoid any uncertainty about the preferred protocol.

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Adam Gordon

Former Product Manager at Deepcrawl (2015-2019).


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