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The Rich Results Test is out of beta

Today we are announcing that the Rich Results Test fully supports all Google Search rich result features - it鈥檚 out of beta 馃コ. In addition, we are preparing to deprecate the Structured Data Testing Tool 馃憢 - it will still be available for the time being, but going forward we strongly recommend you use the Rich Results Test to test and validate your structured...

How spam reports are used at Google

Thanks to our users, we receive hundreds of spam reports every day. While many of the spam reports lead to manual actions, they represent a small fraction of the manual actions we issue. Most of the manual actions come from the work our internal teams regularly do to detect spam and improve search results. Today we're updating our Help Center articles...

How we fought Search spam on Google - Webspam Report 2019

Every search matters. That is why whenever you come to Google Search to find relevant and useful information, it is our ongoing commitment to make sure users receive the highest quality results possible. Unfortunately, on the web there are some disruptive behaviors and content that we call "webspam" that can degrade the experience for people coming...

Evaluating page experience for a better web

Through both internal studies and industry research, users show they prefer sites with a great page experience. In recent years, Search has added a variety of user experience criteria, such as how quickly pages load and mobile-friendliness, as factors for ranking results. Earlier this month, the Chrome team announced Core Web Vitals, a set of metrics...

Frequently asked questions about JavaScript and links

We get lots of questions every day - in our Webmaster office hours, at conferences, in the webmaster forum and on Twitter. One of the more frequent themes among these questions are links and especially those generated through JavaScript. In our Webmaster Conference Lightning Talks video series, we recently addressed the most frequently asked questions...

Google Translate鈥檚 Website Translator - available for non-commercial use

In this time of a global pandemic, webmasters across the world鈥攆rom government officials to health organizations鈥攁re frequently updating their websites with the latest information meant to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and provide access to resources. However, they often lack the time or funding to translate this content into multiple languages,...

New reports for Guided Recipes on Assistant in Search Console

Over the past two years, Google Assistant has helped users around the world cook yummy recipes and discover new favorites. During this time, web site owners have had to wait for Google to reprocess their web pages before they could see their updates on the Assistant. Along the way, we鈥檝e heard many of you say you want an easier and faster way to know...

Reintroducing a community for Polish & Turkish Site Owners

Google Webmaster Help forums are a great place for website owners to help each other, engage in friendly discussion, and get input from awesome Product Experts. We currently have forums operating in 12 languages. We鈥檙e happy to announce the re-opening of the Polish and Turkish webmaster communities with support from a global team of Community Specialists...

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New reports for Special Announcements in Search Console

Last month we introduced a new way for sites to highlight COVID-19 announcements on Google Search. At first, we鈥檙e using this information to highlight announcements in Google Search from health and government agency sites, to cover important updates like school closures or stay-at-home directives.Today we are announcing support for SpecialAnnouncement...

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