Welcome to episode #76 of the SEO Newsletter by #SEOSLY!
I’m getting back to reality after the Brighton SEO conference which was awesome. I’ve been reading SEO news all morning and am ready to share with you the most important stuff.
Writing this newsletter is actually the first SEO task I was doing as part of post-Brighton coming back to reality. A lot has happened in the last 7 days!
In this episode, I am also mostly focusing on SEO news, but I don’t specifically avoid AI stuff anymore. It is time to fully embrace it!
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Top SEO news
Here is the latest and hottest SEO news.
Google working on a new more personalized search engine & Project Magi
Google is working on an “all-new search engine” while also working on Project Magi, aimed to add AI-based features to the existing search engine.
Google removes several search ranking algorithm updates from its ranking systems page
Google quietly updated its documented Google ranking systems page and completely removed several page experience-related ranking systems from the page.
Google explains the use cases for its different crawler types
Google has now added new details that explain the three categories its Google crawlers fall into, they include Googlebot, special-case crawlers, and user-triggered fetchers. In addition, Google now lists a JSON formatted file containing the list of IP addresses each of these different crawler types uses.
Google Search Console to drop page experience report, mobile usability report & mobile-friendly tests
In the coming months, Google will deprecate the page experience report within Google Search Console, the mobile usability report, and the mobile-friendly testing tool. The core web vitals and HTTPs report will remain in Google Search Console, Danny Sullivan of Google announced.
The role of page experience in creating helpful content
Helpful content generally offers a good page experience. That’s why Google added a section on page experience to their guidance on creating helpful content and revised their help page about page experience to help site owners consider page experience more holistically as part of the content creation process.
Google Publisher Center Reader Revenue Manager & Search Console subscribed content report
Google has launched some goodies for news publishers, including a new Reader Revenue Manager within the Google Publisher Center and a Subscribed content report in Google Search Console. I am genuinely excited about this!
#BrightonSEO first impressions 😆
I’ll soon share a longer post where I will list all the new things I learned about SEO at Brighton SEO from all the awesome SEOs I had a chance to meet in person.
I started my website in 2020 when the pandemic was in full swing so it was the first time I met all these people in real life. This experience is absolutely awesome.
Here are a few pictures of me and the folks at Brighton SEO.
I hope to meet you all again next time and meet all the people I did not manage to meet.
Lino Uruñuela put all the awesome presentations from last week in one spreadsheet.
Have you already checked Husky Hamster?🐹
Husky Hamster offers custom campaigns for link building and content promotion to increase website visibility. Their content promotion platform has thousands of publishers in over 10 different languages, enabling international expansion.
With Husky Hamster, you can obtain super niche relevant links to give your visibility a boost. They also provide publication monitoring, high-quality content creation, and SEO support based on data analysis.
Other SEO News
And here is less breaking but still important SEO news.
GoogleOther: A New Generic Google Crawler To Help Googlebot
Google has added a new crawler to its list of Google Crawlers and user agents, this one is named GoogleOther. It is described as a “generic crawler that may be used by various product teams for fetching publicly accessible content from sites.”
Announcing Google DeepMind
Sundar is announcing that DeepMind and the Brain team from Google Research will be joining forces as a single, focused unit called Google DeepMind.
Bing Webmaster Tools to gain Bing Chat impressions and clicks next month
This is really cool! We will soon be able to see how much visibility and traffic Bing Chat is sending our websites.
Bing Chat to be able to process nook size documents
Bing Chat may soon be able to process book-size documents, not just a page or two of a PDF of the website, but a whole book. Mikhail Parakhin, the CEO of Bing, said this on Twitter the other day.
Google shows an expanded display of shipping and return information
Filtered by SafeSearch? This may be useful
You can now use Google Bard to help you code
Video snipped will show only if video is main content of the page
As Roger Montti reports, Google added documentation to their Search Central pages offering guidance on a change in how videos are displayed in search results. The change reduces videos shown in search results for certain cases.
Latest SEO interviews
I have recently had three wonderful conversations with awesome women you may know from the Women in Tech SEO. They are Adriana Stein, Natalie Arney and Adrijana Vujadin. Make sure to follow them both!
#41: How It’s Like To Be A Woman SEO Agency Owner (With Adriana Stein)
In this episode of the SEO Podcast by #SEOSLY, I had the incredible opportunity to interview Adriana Stein, the CEO and Founder of AS Marketing. We delved into her fascinating journey from learning German to discovering the world of SEO and ultimately starting her own agency.
#40: How To Become SEO Confident & Gain SEO Confidence
In this video, I had the incredible opportunity to sit down and interview Adrijana Vujadin, an SEO specialist and host of the SEO Confident podcast.
#39: How it’s like to be an SEO consultant (Olga Zarr vs Natalie Arney)
In this fascinating conversation, Natalie shares her journey and insights into the world of SEO consulting, working with a wide variety of brands to help them grow their online presence.
Top SEO Tips
And here are the Google SEO tips for you.
#1: Don’t let empty internal search results pages get crawled & indexed
This is a rant by John Mueller on having crawlable and indexable internal search results pages. The takeaway is that it is better to have all internal search results pages blocked instead of letting empty results pages get indexed and crawled.
#2: Bing on private domain registration & SEO
We all know Google’s stance on private domain registration and SEO. Here is what Fabrice Canel from Bing hinted:
Videos to watch this week
You don’t want to miss any of these videos from other brilliant SEOs either. I know, some of them have info about ChatGPT and AI. LOL.
Learn how I was able to replace 12+ SEO tools with one Ahrefs SEO Toolbar
I’m not kidding! Check the video below and read my entire review of the Ahrefs SEO Toolbar.
How to use Google Search Console for SEO
Here is my latest video where I do a quick (40-minute) walk through Google Search Console and how I use it for SEO (and how you can use it too).
P.S. I recorded this video a month or so ago (sorry about the quality) and the most recent Google announcement made it obsolete, so I will be reshooting it soon. But I still think it contains useful tips, especially for newer SEOs, so here it is!
Search Console data exports, status dashboard, and more! – Google Search News (April ‘23)
SEO Auditing Large Websites
You cannot miss this from Aleyda.
Other articles & resources to read
And you need to allocate some time to read these articles from other SEOs. They are brilliant.
How to get started with an SEO site audit
Check my latest contribution to the Wix SEO Hub where I talked about how you can get started with an SEO audit.
Google SERP Features Timeline
I invite you to check the constantly-updated Brodie Clark’s Google SERP Features Timeline that shows the latest Google SERP feature tests and launches (my recent discovery).
The best product category page optimisation checklist you’ll find on the internet
What if there were a checklist that YOU could follow to make sure you’re not leaving money on the table? Daniel K Cheung has you covered.
How to Optimize for Featured Snippets
Melissa Popp has created an awesome guide where she walks you through everything regarding featured snippets, including their types, benefits, factors, optimization, and more!
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How To Use ChatGPT For Keyword Research
ChatGPT can be a powerful assistant to speed up your keyword research processes. Daniel Smullen shares a series of prompts to get you started.
Relevance is Not a Qualitative Measure for Search Engines
Mike King from iPullRank explains how a content relevance score against the top query results can determine whether your SEO strategy should focus on links or content.
Do backlink pyramids really work for SEO?
Ever wondered or still wondering if backlink pyramids really work for SEO? Check what Mandy Schmitz has to say.
AI for SEO and Content Marketing: A Friend, Not a Foe (for Now, at Least)
Ann Smarty, a really smart woman by the way, shares 19+ ways you can use AI for content creation & optimization.
We studied 100 SaaS Twitter profiles to uncover top trends:
Ahrefs did a nice study. You might like it assuming that you are still interested in being on Twitter.
SEO Twitter nuggets
And before we end, here are a few Twitter nuggets for you.
Thank you for reading my newsletter! I hope you found the information useful. If you enjoyed this issue, be sure to check out the next one next week.