Google Core Update, SGE Links, Search Console, SEO & Local

It is time for the big Google Webmaster Report, the September edition. This past month, we finally had a confirmed update, the August 2023 core update that was announced on the 22nd but began being felt on the 25th. We also had a couple of unconfirmed Google updates.

Google Search Generative Experience officially rolled out links, including definition link overlays. Google expanded SGE to Japan and India and announced some additional details on SGE. SGE while browsing was released, Google added Google Cards to SGE and surveyed searchers on SGE versus traditional search.

Google Search Console is testing a News Showcase filter and reporting. Google Search Console also fixed the link report. Sadly, Google is showing FAQ and HowTo rich results less often.

Google said CNET’s efforts to prune content were reasonable. Google said human oversight for AI-generated content is important. Googlebot now can index CSV files but don’t include your undetectable links in those files, or email them directly to Google.

Google seemed to have removed tons of reviews from local listing. Google launched an auto-expand local map pack in search. Now you can add social media links to your Google Business Profiles and let people know if dogs are allowed. Finally, everyone is asking about the new mentioned in snippet feature.

If you missed last month’s recap see it over here and here are the top headlines for the past month:

Google Algorithms:

Google August 2023 Broad Core Update Is Live – What We Are Seeing Now

Google August 2023 Core Update Hit Hard Around August 25th For Some Sites

Google August 2023 Core Update Volatility Continues Over Past Few Days

Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update – August 18-19 (Unconfirmed)

Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update – August 3-4 (Unconfirmed)

Google: Core Updates Do Not Impact Autocomplete Search Predictions

Google Search Generative Experience:

Official: Google Search Generative Experience Gets Links

Google Search Generative Experience Now Has Definition Overlay Links

Google Shares Early Feedback On SGE, Expands To Japan & India

Google SGE While Browsing – Search Generative Experience On The Browser

Google Search Generative Experience From Google Cards

Google SGE Drops Links In AI-Generated Answers…

Google SGE Drops Local Results (5 Local Pack)

Google Search Generative Experience Local Results Gain More Link Cards

Google Surveying Searchers If SGE Is More Helpful Than Traditional Search

Google SGE Drops Local Results (5 Local Pack)

Google Search Console:

Screenshots Of Google Search Console News Showcase Filters & Reports

More Links Now Displaying In Google Search Console’s Links Report

Google Fixed The Search Console Canonical URL Reporting Bug

Google SEO:

Google Search To Show FAQ & HowTo Rich Results Less Often

Google: CNET’s Content Pruning Plans Reasonable But SEO Impact Would Be Unnoticeable

Google: Human Oversight For AI Generated Content Is Important

Google: Maybe Don’t Let Google Search Index Your AI Chatbot Output

Google: Content Quality Is Not About Typos But Overall Quality

CSV Files Added To List Of File Types Indexable By Google

Reminder: Stop Emailing Google With Your Undetectable Links You Buy & Sell

Google Ranking Updates – Off The Record

Google On How To Block Parts Of Content On A Page

Google: If You’re Using AI To Write Your Content, It’s Going To Be Rehashed From Other Sites

Google Explains How 304 (Not Modified) HTTP Status Codes Can Go Very Wrong

New Google Merchant Center 3D Model Link [virtual_model_link] Attribute

Google: Your Domain Will Never Make Or Break Your SEO

Google: Word Location In URLs Does Not Matter For SEO

Does Google Use The Meta Keywords Tag For Rankings? No

Google: Internal Links Pointing To Itself Don’t Add More Information Than Other Links

Google Business Profiles & Local:

Is Google Removing Reviews From Local Business Listings?

Google Local Pack Map Auto Expand Is Now Live

Add Social Media Links To Your Google Business Profiles

New Google Business Profiles Pets Attribute (Are Dogs Allowed)

New Google Business Profiles Video Verification Troubleshooting & FAQs

New Google Maps User-Generated Content Appeals Form

Google User Interface:

Google Images Now Shows Site Name, Favicon & Page Title

Google Search Snippet “Mentioned In” Carousel Feature

Google Tests Colored +Topics Search Bar Refinements

Google Search Testing New Icons For About This Result Snippet

Google Tests Wider Larger Image Thumbnails In Search Result Snippets

Google Search Tests Star Store Badge

Google Tests Google Shopping Label On Search Result Snippets

Bunch Of Google Search Interface Tests & Experiments

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