It was a somewhat slower week, with the big news this week that Google initially removed the Twitter carousel box from search results after Twitter was hacked. Google updated the publisher help document in Google Discover. Martin Splitt from Google and Alexis Sanders from Merkle made a video about crawling budget and SEO. John Mueller of Google scolded ranking factors and that it's not science. I shared a photo from the recording of these podcasts. Google said don't block GoogleBot from your 404s. According to Google, links from lower quality websites don't necessarily harm your website. Google appears to be reducing the number of rich results that appear in search results again. Google Ads introduced a lot of new features, including image extensions, new responsive layouts, more reports and tools, and more. Google Shopping no longer allows downloadable software CDs and DVDs. Google Shopping Ads doesn't allow phishing or fraudulent types of ads. Google AdSense for Search can now display Google Shopping Ads. Google My Business will now notify you by email that business listings are blocked. The Google Local Panels can now show when the company last updated its opening hours. Google Books Ngram Viewer has just received some recent data. Oh, and if you want to help sponsor these vlogs, go to That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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