I posted the monthly Google Webmaster Report for January 2021, it is a good place to catch up on the past month of SEO stuff. I am seeing some early signs of another unconfirmed Google search ranking algorithm update. Google Question Hub has launched to US publishers, it is a pretty cool way to come up with new content ideas. Google seems to be showing fewer FAQ based rich results in the search results. Google launched related tags in the interesting finds feature. Google product search results test a slider to visualize the size of the product. Bing Webmaster Tools expanded the performance report to include crawl and index data. Google is working on improving the robots.txt tester tool by using the production version of the parser. Google Data Studio can pull in news query data from Search Console now. Google Search Console silently reports on following redirects, this is important to know when you are looking at the reports. Google is sending out notes from your reviewer for reconsideration requests. Google is testing dynamic tabs for the local panel. Yocale may be pushing its booking service on your Google My Business listing and you might not even know it. Google Maps clearly is showing what are ads now. Google is now rolling out new Google My Business performance reports. Google Search engineer said he personally launched features that made the Google Ads team scramble when it negatively impacts ad revenues. Danny Sullivan of Google had to say again that ads do not impact organic and if someone says so at Google, that needs to be dealt with. Google Ads now added data exclusions for Smart Bidding. Some Google employees have started a union named the Alphabet Workers Union, which is unusual for a tech company. Carolyn Lyden has joined Search Engine Land and SMX as the head of search content. Oh and if you want to help sponsor those vlogs, go to patreon.com/barryschwartz. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.
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