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New and improved crawl stats for your site

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 To help website owners better understand how Googlebot crawls their sites, we’re launching a brand new version of the Crawl stats report in Search Console. The new Crawl Stats report brings the following exciting new features: Total number of requests grouped by response code, crawled file …

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We moved! Introducing the new home for the Google Webmaster Blogs

Thursday, November 19, 2020 Last week we changed our name to Google Search Central and published our new central site. As part of this site migration, we’re also consolidating the Google Webmaster Blogs into one place on the new site. Today, we’re announcing that this page within the Google Search …

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Goodbye Google Webmasters, hello Google Search Central

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 The history behind Google Webmasters Merriam-Webster claims the first known use of the word “webmaster” was in 1993, years before Google even existed. However, the term is becoming archaic, and according to the data found in books, its use is in sharp decline. A user experience …

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Timing for bringing page experience to Google Search

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 This past May, we announced that page experience signals would be included in Google Search ranking. These signals measure how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page and contribute to our ongoing work to ensure people get the most helpful and enjoyable experiences …

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PES@Home 2020: Google’s first virtual summit for Product Experts

Thursday, November 05, 2020 More than ever, users are relying on Google products to do their jobs, educate their kids, and stay in touch with loved ones. Our Google Product Experts (PEs) play a vital role in supporting these users in community forums, like the Webmaster Help Community, across many …

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Best practices for Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages

Tuesday, October 26, 2020 The end of the year holiday season is a peak time for many merchants with special sales events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As a merchant, you can help Google highlight your sales events by providing landing pages with relevant content and high quality …

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The Search Console Training lives on  |  Google Search Central Blog

Friday, October 02, 2020 In November 2019 we announced the Search Console Training YouTube series and started publishing videos regularly. The goal of the series was to create updated video content to be used alongside Search documentation, for example in the Help Center and in the Developers site. The wonderful …

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New Schema.org support for retailer shipping data

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Quick summary: Starting today, we support shippingDetails schema.org markup as an alternative way for retailers to be eligible for shipping details in Google Search results. Since June 2020, retailers have been able to list their products across different Google surfaces for free, including on Google Search. …

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New open source robots.txt projects  |  Google Search Central Blog

Monday, September 21, 2020 Last year we released the robots.txt parser and matcher that we use in our production systems to the open source world. Since then, we’ve seen people build new tools with it, contribute to the open source library (effectively improving our production systems- thanks!), and release new …

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Googlebot will soon speak HTTP/2  |  Google Search Central Blog

Thursday, September 17, 2020 Quick summary: Starting November 2020, Googlebot will start crawling some sites over HTTP/2. Ever since mainstream browsers started supporting the next major revision of HTTP, HTTP/2 or h2 for short, web professionals asked us whether Googlebot can crawl over the upgraded, more modern version of the …

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