Gary Illyes from Google posted on Google+ that he has observed many large sites lose massive amounts of their pages in the Google index for misuse of 403 status codes in situations where they should be opting for 503s.
“We've seen huge sites lose load of their pages from our index because they were serving them with a 403 status code instead of a 503.”
Google has announced adding a new diagnostics tab in the Merchant Center for offering consolidated issue reporting for feeds and items. The Data Quality tab is being replaced by this new Diagnostics tab. The aim is to improve troubleshooting efforts for the feeds and items.
Just before Christmas excitement sets in, search engine giant Google has announced that it will be expanding Merchant Promotions to the UK, Germany, Australia, India and France.
Merchant Shopping Promotions was launched in the US in the year 2012. It gives advertisers the opportunity to display promotion code offers besides product listing ads in search plus their listings on Google Shopping.
Google has added social profile links to The Google Knowledge Panel. It may show links and icons of certain celebrities or well known personalities to their social profiles within the panel.
If you will search for Barack Obama, you will see links to his Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and MySpace profiles appearing in The Knowledge Panel.
Here's a screenshot:
After spending months on testing, Google has officially launched the Mobile-friendly label in mobile search results. It is an effort to help the searchers know which websites have mobile friendly versions and which one do not have, while they are performing a Google search on their mobiles.
A new video in response to #AskSearchQuality campaign has been recently released by Google India Webmaster Community. The campaign is exclusively for Indian webmasters.
The video answers the questions related how one can control the crawl rate of Googlebot.
Google Eases on Submission of Editors’ Picks Feed: Google News Publishers can Now Do it via Publisher Center
Stacie from Google News team has revealed about the new way by which Google News publishers can submit their Google News Editors’ Picks feed to Google News team. On the Google News Help forum, Stacie told that submission can be done via Google News Publisher Center.
The massive Carousel experiment has met its end for local listings so far. The search engine giant Google is dropping its horizontal display for Carousel for local search results in many categories. The categories include nightlife, hotels, entertainment as well as restaurants. This horizontal Carousel display will now be replaced with a 3-pack of organic local listings as well as new secondary pages.
Ilya Grigorik, the Google man obsessed with speed, mobile, and SSL has shared interesting stats about the adoption of HTTPS across top 300k websites.
He has revealed that the adoption of HTTPS for top 300k sites has increased by 300% (from 4% to 13%) in the past two years. In Chrome, the number of HTTPS navigations has also grown from 27% to 57% in the same period.
Google has introduced a new feature on Google Trends at google.com/trends that shows you the top 200 trending videos on YouTube. The announcement was made on Google+.
At present, the feature is working only in the US. Google says that the feature shows what current "Internet watercooler buzzing" is taking place. We believe it might be useful to get keyword ideas.