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New robots tag: indexifembedded

Today, we're introducing a new robots tag, indexifembedded, that brings you more control over when your content is indexed.

Our authors' take on 2021

The authors of the Search Central blog reflect on 2021 and share their aspirations for 2022.

Product reviews update and your site

We are now rolling out a new product reviews update, the first major update since April 2021, that may change how your product reviews rank in search results. We are also sharing new best practices when writing product reviews to augment the previous advice we shared. We also published a new documentation page that captures the...

A 2021 update on mobile indexing

We first started working on mobile-first indexing a number of years ago. Since then, we switched to indexing the majority of web pages with Googlebot-Smartphone. We've now determined that some sites are still not ready to be shifted over due to various, unexpected challenges. Because of this, we're now leaving the timeline ...

One year of Google Search Central

A year ago, we launched our new site and announced that we were leaving our beloved name, Google Webmasters, behind for a new moniker: Google Search Central. This year, we've been working with our internal SEO team to improve our content, writing lots of new documentation, migrating 13 local language blogs, and developing a new...

Timeline for bringing page experience ranking to desktop

We’ll begin using page experience as part of our desktop ranking systems beginning in February 2022. The rollout will be complete by the end of March 2022. This ranking launch will be based on the same page experience signals that we rolled out for mobile earlier this year.

Help job seekers understand your job postings by including a complete description

We've uncovered an opportunity to improve your job posting pages, and it only takes a few changes to the description field.

Search Analytics API now supports Discover, Google News, and Regex

The Google Search Analytics API, which already provides data about Search performance, is being updated to also include Discover and Google News data. Site owners that have this type of traffic will now be able to pull it programatically through the API. In addition, Regex support has also been added to the query and page dimensions.

Aligning Search Console testing tools and the URL Inspection tool

We’re making changes in the AMP, Mobile Friendly, and Rich Results testing tools to be fully aligned with the Search Console URL Inspection tool. The changes include standardization of previous features, plus new features that you may be familiar with from the URL Inspection tool.

More information on how Google generates titles for web page results

Last month, we shared about our new system for generating titles for web page results. Thanks to your feedback, which has been much appreciated, we've further refined our titles system. Here's more about what we've been doing and some additional guidance for creators.

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