It's been a hell of a busy week. Sit back, have a drink, and enjoy the show (okay, it won't be all that exciting for a show, but you should still subscribe and smash that like button). Google started the passage ranking on Wednesday evening. Here, Google can rate certain passages from a document. Well it was published in the US English results, not globally as they said, but it should still be a big deal. Google may have released an unconfirmed update around February 8th. This has nothing to do with the introduction of passage indexing. Google announced that it released an image update back in November 2020 to reduce duplicate images and improve image refinements. Google has launched a number of new manual actions or penalties for Google News and Google Discover. Google is still rolling out dark themes, with a big boost this week, but the ads in dark mode are so hard to notice. Google can tell if a website has a good reputation in a certain subject area. Google on the other end said there are no website quality downgrades. Google said when it comes to key web vital metrics, it might consider pages that are not in its index. Google may have released a filter for how search looks for the page experience update label in the performance report in Google Search Console. Google's John Mueller posted a great video on image SEO. Google said it probably ignores spam blog pingback links. Google gave SEO advice on what to do if removing website functionality to show a show of support for social action. Google introduces scroll-to-text for the free results of organic products. Microsoft Bing launched Speller100 to help understand search spelling errors, which occur in around 15% of all searches. Bing tests recommended queries and websites based on search activity and current popular activity. Finally, Google Ads updated the lead form extension to trigger a headline click. 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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