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Google Webmaster Hangout Notes: October 31st 2017

Notes from the Google Webmaster Hangout on the 31st of October, 2017.


Empty Cached Pages Can Appear For JavaScript Sites

Google’s cached page usually reflects the raw HTML. For JavaScript based sites, if the JavaScript doesn’t run when it’s shown on the caching URL, then the cached version could appear empty.


Google Counts Links Again When Removed From Disavow File

Removing URLs from the disavow file means Google will count these links again the next time they are processed.


Voice Queries Are Included in Search Console As Normal Queries

Voice queries appear in Search Console but they aren’t split out separately from other queries. Voice queries may be split out from typed queries at some point if this provides extra value for webmasters.


Old Pages Can Still Rank If the Content Is Useful

Old sites can still be useful and rank in search even if they haven’t been updated in years, as long as they are still relevant. Pages can still appear in search even if they aren’t mobile friendly.


Geo-targeting Doesn’t Restrict Pages to a Specific Country

Geo-targeting in Search Console indicates to Google that a page is more relevant for a specific country, and it may rank higher for local search queries, not that it will be removed for other countries.


Video Sitemaps Can Specify Countries Where Content is Available

With a video sitemap you can define which countries your content is available in, which is used for video search results.


Disavowing Links From Partial Manual Actions Isn’t Necessary

If a site has received a partial manual action for spammy links, these links will have already been taken out of consideration by the Webspam team. In this case, it is up to the webmaster if you want to disavow the spammy links or leave them there.


Views of Cached AMP Pages Won’t Appear in Log Files

AMP pages may make log files look unusual as Google is requesting the page to update the cache but the page will appear to receive little traffic because users see the cached version of the page.

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Sam Marsden

SEO & Content Manager

Sam Marsden is Lumar's former SEO & Content Manager and currently Head of SEO at Busuu. Sam speaks regularly at marketing conferences, like SMX and BrightonSEO, and is a contributor to industry publications such as Search Engine Journal and State of Digital.


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