– This week in search I covered a possible Google search ranking update that touched down on September 4th or 5th. Before that we saw a spike in crawling activity from GoogleBot. I also posted the monthly Google Webmaster Report, so check that out. Google said it may show m-dot URLs in desktop search because of an unstable event in Google. Google also said GoogleBot Desktop will still crawl your site after being switched to mobile-first indexing. Google explained how it picks the canonical URL to show in search. Google Search Console added auto-DNS verification. Google updated its user interface for movie and TV search on mobile. Google published new structured data help documents on movie schema. Rand Fishkin posted his Google search ranking factors survey results. Google My Business dropped the distance based service areas and is showing profiles you can mange directly in search. Google local search in Google Maps dropped the pagination feature. Google is also showing competitors over local branded knowledge panels, not a good thing. Basecamp took out a funny ad calling Google’s tactics to make them buy an ad like ransom. Google is testing capitalizing URLs in the search results snippets. Google showed orgy parties as things to do in Dallas. And check out the vlog with Marie Haynes to learn more about EAT, Google algorithms and penalties. That was this past week in search at the Search Engine Roundtable.

Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update On September 4th & 5th? :
Google Crawling Spikes: Large Increases In GoogleBot Crawl Activity :
September 2019 Google Webmaster Report :
Google: Some M-Dot Sites In Google Desktop Search May Be Unstable :
Switched To Mobile-First Indexing? Google Still Crawls Some Pages As Desktop :
Google On How It Picks The URL It Shows In Search :
Google Search Console Adds Auto-DNS Verification With Some DNS Providers :
Google Has New Movie & TV Search Experience & New Developer Docs For Movie Schema :
New Google Ranking Factors 2019 Survey Results Now Available :
Google My Business Dropping Distance-Based Service Areas :
Google My Business: Business Profiles You Manage In Search Results :
Google Local Maps Search Results Drops Pagination – A Bug? :
Google Hotel Results Now Displays Distance To Attractions :
Google Shows Competitors Local Listings Above The Branded Local Knowledge Panel :
Basecamp Google Ad: We Don’t Want To Run This Ad But Forced To. :
Google Tests Capitalizing URLs Of Snippets In Search Results :
Google Search Showing Orgies For Things To Do In Dallas :
Vlog #14: Marie Haynes On Google Algorithm Updates, EAT & Penalties :