SERPs Quiet Over the Weekend, Crawl Error Source Report Not Coming Back, and Limit Hreflang Pages - Live News
- John Mueller: You may want to limit the number of Hreflang pages.
- The Crawl Error Source Report may not be coming to the new Search Console.
- The Google search results look very stable today.
- Google Hangout Notes for last Friday’s session.
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Google Webmaster Hangout Notes - February 21st, 2020
Google’s John Mueller hosted a Google Webmaster Central office-hours hangout last Friday, where members of the public had the opportunity to ask questions about search-related topics.
You can my full list of notes for the hangout below.
The URL inspection tool only works on web pages; it doesn't work for images.
A webmaster has been troubleshooting why the URL inspection tool was not working for images.
The tool reported that the robots.txt file blocked the image, even though the robots.txt file was correctly implemented.
Mueller responded, stating that the URL Inspection Tool does not work for images, only web pages.
The Google search results look very stable today. You can rest easy.
The SEMrush Sensor SERP tracker shows very little volatility for today:
URL Structure to Title Tag is a 7:1 Banana Ratio in importance according to John Mueller.
Google’s John Mueller was asked how important, relatively speaking, URL structure is to Title Tag, in terms of bananas.
Here is what he had to say:
I would give it seven bananas. I think that’s a good number of bananas I should I said a lot of bananas now I don’t know. I think you’re generally asking like is the URL structure more important than a title tag or not and these are vastly different things
So that’s not something where I’d say it’s like you should focus on either one or the other, but rather if you want to work on your site in a holistic way, then try to make sure that everything aligns.
You can view the relevant part of the video below:
John Mueller not surprised if 15% of all search queries are new statistic is still the case today
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A Couple of Things to Start your Day
#1. Legacy Webmaster Tools Crawl Error Report Showing 404 Sources May Not Be Coming Back
Google’s John Mueller was asked in a recent Webmaster Central office-hours hangout whether they have any plans to bring back the 404 sources report in the old Webmaster Tools.
John Mueller confirmed that there had been some discussions, but that he does not “know what the current status is.”
#2. Google: Using Hreflang for All Possible Languages and Countries Might Be a Mistake.
Mueller indicated that some webmasters create pages for all languages in all countries, but that could be the wrong approach. He continued that you should “limit the number of pages you create to those that are absolutely critical & valuable.”
#3. Good news. The SERP trackers show little volatility over the weekend.
There has not been much volatility in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) according to the SERP tracking tools.