Googlebot Doesn’t Support Web Sockets
Google doesn’t currently have plans to support web sockets when rendering pages, but it may do this if it becomes are more popular technology.
Use Testing Tools to Validate Lazy Loading Images
You can use the Google testing tools to see if Google can see your high quality lazy loading images instead of lower quality placeholder images which may indicate your implementation is not right.
Use User Agent Detection or Interaction Events to Prevent Google Rendering Content
Google will render any content changes triggered by an onload event. You can disable functionality based on the user agent, or change to use an interaction as the trigger to prevent this, and it won’t be considered cloaking.
Slighty Different Content is Not Cloaking
Google is expecting some small differences in content depending on the device, such as a notifications or pop-ups. This this will generally be fine provided the content is generally the same. You should not change content to a different language, and should use a separate URL.
Load Critical CSS as Quickly as Possible
Load your critical CSS as quickly as possible, then only load other CSS later which is non-essential, to prevent pages generating mobile friendly validation errors in Search Console.
Google Testing Tools Won’t Validate 3D and AR Structured Data
Google’s Rich Results and Structured Data Testing Tool won’t validate 3D and Augmented Reality structured data as this is limited to the early access program.
Test Isomorphic Pages with Google’s Testing Tools
Isomorphic websites with either server-side or client-side routing with rehydration are supported by Google. You can use the URL inspection tool, rich results test and mobile-friendly tests to see the rendered HTML visible to Google.
Google May Flatten Iframes into Pages
Google will sometimes flatten an embedded iframe into a page if the iframe is large enough and if . The content is marked as ‘inline’ content but may be treated differently for indexing and ranking. You may see the iframe content inline in Google’s testing tools.
Relevant Hidden Content Will Be Used for Indexing
Google will use any content in the DOM for indexing including hidden content. If the content is invisible but matches the topic of the page, then it may be considered less important than visible text and not show up in snippets, but if the content doesn’t appear to be relevant then it may be excluded.
Structured Data Testing Tool Can’t Test Tag Manager Implementations
The structured data testing tool doesn’t use the latest Google infrastructure and cannot test structured data loaded with Google Tag Manager. The Rich Results test uses the latest Google indexing infrastructure.
Structured Data in Static HTML Is More Robust
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