This week we had another unconfirmed Google algorithm update on November 17th and 19th. Google said there might not be another core update before the end of the year. Google said some updates can be staggering, but they prefer to have the updates spread out smoothly. Google's manual actions disappear from the search console. It seems like a mistake. We learned more about Google Passage Indexing. It's a lifeline for pages with watered-down content and is very different from featured snippets. Google eventually migrated their Disavow Link tool and updated their stale content removal tool. Microsoft and Google say they split the crawling budget between bio and ad bots. Google talked about indexing images, videos, audio, and AMP and a lot more in their latest podcast. The responses from Google My Business owners to reviews seemed to have stopped working for some, and Google is also testing a new dashboard for Google My Business. Oh, the local Q&A seems to limit some answers to 440 characters. Google Ads wants you to switch to largely consistent. No, that's not a joke. Google Ads also changes some campaigns without documenting those changes. Find out how and when here. Google is also rolling out the Insights Page feature which looks pretty cool. Google tests sub-categories for its search results page. Microsoft has restarted its forums for Microsoft Advertising, and Google has moved its webmaster blog. Google quietly set up a small business advisory area. Google has a Thanksgiving Easter Egg and an Alex Trek Easter Egg too. Oh, and if you'd like to sponsor these vlogs, go to patreon.com/barryschwartz. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.
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