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Programming Note: Offline Wednesday For Yom Kippur 5779

This is just a programming note that I will be 100% offline starting Tuesday night through Wednesday night for Yom Kippur. I am not scheduling any stories on Yom Kippur, everything here will be paused until Thursday morning (or if something is urgent, Wednesday night).

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Google Guidelines: Can You Hypnotize Someone For Links?

A funny question came up in a Reddit thread, and I am in the mood for funny right now. The question was, can you hypnotize someone to get links to your web site and if you do, is it against Google’s webmaster guidelines? The funny thing is also that John Mueller from Google responded.

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Google Guidelines: Can You Hypnotize Someone For Links?

A funny question came up in a Reddit thread, and I am in the mood for funny right now. The question was, can you hypnotize someone to get links to your web site and if you do, is it against Google’s webmaster guidelines? The funny thing is also that John Mueller from Google responded.

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Google: Don’t Build Sites Where You Need To Test To See How Search Engines React

Google’s John Mueller has said on Reddit that it is better to build a site where you know how Google and search engines will treat it then build a site where you are unsure. There isn’t always a need to get fancy with your code to the point where you need to go through various tests to make sure Google will crawl, index and rank those pages.

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Google Search Launched 2,453 Changes In 2017

In that CNBC article, Google told them that in 2017 Google ran 31,584 side-by-side experiments with its raters and subsequently launched 2,453 search changes. Of course, the “2,453 search changes” can be small design tweaks and such. Google does not disclose the number of algorithm changes.

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New Google Sitelinks With Image Thumbnails

Google seems to have launched image thumbnails in the sitelinks of the mobile search result snippets. If you search for [bear] on Google mobile search and look at the Sitelinks for the Wikipeida snippet, you will see these images in the Sitelinks carousel.

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Google Image Search Tests Image Refinement Buttons

Google seems to be testing yet another feature to show image thumbnails in the refinement bubbles/buttons at the top of your Google Image Searches. The refinement buttons let you further filter your image search to specific categories and here Google is testing to see if adding thumbnail images help.

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Google Responds To Auto-Translated Content Spam Issue; It’s About Intent

Since 2010 we knew that using Google Translate or other automatic machine translation services to convert content from one language to another and to rank it in Google was against Google’s guidelines. But recently some are saying with Google Translate getting much better, it has been harder for Google to discover what is machine vs human translated.

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Google: We Index & Rank Content In Accordions & Tabs Fully Despite Some Studies

So here we have Google’s Gary Illyes again defending what Google has said in the past, when SEOs say what he said is not true. This is around Google giving full weight to content on mobile within accordions or tabs. Some reports say Google does not do this but Google is saying they do give this content full weight.

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Google Maps Showing Future Open Dates For Businesses

Google is now able to show the date a business will open in the future, if the business owners enters such information into Google My Business. It can show the exact date or the month and year directly in the local panel on web search or Google Maps.

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Google My Business Reviews Can Now Be Edited In Local Panel

Now you can edit the reviews and responses you leave for local businesses in Google Maps and Local directly in the local knowledge panel when you expand the reviews. Google has added an “edit” button to reviews or responses you have left directly in this reviews overlay.

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Google Search Broke For 12 Hours On A Query

It is rare to see Google bug out, not work, when you try to use it. But yesterday starting around 3pm EDT through this morning at 3am EDT Google could not give you search results for the query [compare the market]. It is not clear why it was broken, but it was.

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