Google announces another possible indexing ‘issue’

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Issue #125
April 30th, 2019

Hey, lunch buddies. I hope your week is off to a great start. Mine certainly is but time is already at a premium. Traveling two days last week has put me behind which means I’m in constant catch-up mode.

With all that said, I’m going to keep this week’s intro nice and short so we can all focus on this week’s updates.

Nick


What You Need To Know

Article: Google announces another possible indexing ‘issue’

What’s important?
Coming fresh off a recent fix to its indexation “bug”, Google Tweeted last week that it’s now experiencing additional ‘issues’.  The issue this time impacts canonical URLs and how breadcrumb trails are displaying in mobile search results.

Nick’s take:
In addition to this ‘issue’ many were noticing that Google was pausing several of their search console reports. However, as of yesterday (April 29th), it looks like Google has fixed the issue. If you are seeing any issues with your reporting and or data then these issues might be a reason why.

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Nick LeRoy
Nick LeRoy
Nick has 10+ years of SEO experience building and executing strategies for clients ranging from multi-billion dollar consumer packaged goods to fashion entities with hundreds of physical store locations. He also writes the weekly SEO newsletter #SEOForLunch that allows you to stay up to date with industry updates in the amount of time it takes you to eat your lunch.

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