New Years Day is not over yet and Google's John Mueller has been helping webmasters on both public forums and privately (I think). Here are some of the public responses John gave during New Years Eve 2020 and New Years Eve 2021.

We don't have a spam score on google so you have my permission to create any number 🙂

– 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) January 1, 2021

Oh no, what a bummer. Hope it heals quickly!

I think you covered at least the "Break a Leg" part of 2021 🙂

– 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) January 1, 2021

Well, not in the first few weeks.

– 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) December 31, 2020

Satisfied as a king?

– 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) December 31, 2020

The prioritization in search engine optimization is sometimes very difficult. A lot of problems are easy to find, difficult to pick the 2 that move the needle more than work on something new. But sometimes it just takes a lot of work to clear your mind, which can help with a lot of problems.

– 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) December 30, 2020

These usually come from the video embeds. If so, you could potentially embed your competitor's videos.

– 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) January 1, 2021

I have a hard time finding certain content on Google search forums these days, but I'm sure he posted there.

I am also told through some birdies that John wrote to some people privately with good wishes for the new year.

John has a tradition of helping webmasters on both New Years and Christmas. He made new years last year, also last year, and did it year after year before. He did it on Christmas 2020 and 2019 and 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

He's free today and doesn't have to take time away from his family to help out on New Years or Christmas – but he does it year after year.

Thanks John!

Danny Sullivan also responded to some issues today:

I apologize. It sometimes occurs with people of the same name. I will pass it on and it sounds like Wikipedia has now added an image. That can help with the search. However, I would like to encourage you to take advantage of your panel as well and submit a preferred image: https://t.co/H1g3UfTZcZ

– Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

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