July 7, 2016
Hey y’all, welcome to another Smattering of SEO! Since it was just July 4th here in the States, it’s been a pretty slow news week, but an interesting one nonetheless. Check it out.
- Google Testing Removal Of Search Results Numbers – Intrepid searchers have reported that they’ve seen Google search results missing the results numbers. You know, the line which says “About 100,000,000 Results” under the search box on the results page. These numbers can be helpful in diagnosing spidering issues, and have been used for years for this and other metrics. If Google removes them, that’s just one less piece of crucial piece of information we can use to help websites improve. Hopefully this is just a test and nothing more.
- Search Console Crawl Report Suffering Index Errors – A lot of webmasters are reporting that Google’s Search Console has been showing some serious indexing errors in its Crawl Reports. Google recently acknowledged the error, saying it’s a “bookkeeping error on our part.” Hopefully they’ll fix it soon for those affected.
- Google Has 25,000 Software Devs Making 16,000 Changes Per Day – This is less “news” and more “whoa.” Google’s John Mueller recently pointed to a story titled, Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository. In this story, it’s detailed that Google’s code base is shared between 25,000 developers who make roughly 16,000 changes to the code base every day. Every. Day. Over Google’s history, apparently 35 million commits have been made to over a billion files. This article is damned fascinating, so y’all should read it to get a clear (heh, “clear,” yeah right) idea of just how massive this whole Google thing is.
- eBay Adopts AMP For Mobile Listing Pages – It seems the original plan or scope of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) – which were primarily to focus on news and blog pages – might be expanding beyond this. eBay recently announced it’s adopting the platform for its own mobile listing pages, and is now pushing over 8 million AMP-enhanced pages. I tested this by visiting a page on Google Mobile (a search for Elder Scrolls video games, don’t judge) and added “/amp/” into the URL, and lo and behold, it worked! It’ll be interesting to see how much further AMPs adoption goes.