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Google Play’s Best of 2021
Google Play’s Best of 2021

Today, we announced the winners of Google Play’s Best of 2021, a celebration of apps and games that made positive contributions to culture this year. And to encourage innovation across Google Play, we…

An update on our Privacy Sandbox commitments
An update on our Privacy Sandbox commitments

For further background on this topic, please see our blog from June. Since we announced our Privacy Sandbox commitments earlier this year, we have continued to work with the UK’s Competition and Marke…

How to hide a website in search

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how password protection, blocking crawling, and blocking indexing are three ways to prevent a website from showing up in search engines, while ke…

PubCast Season 2: turning passions into profits
PubCast Season 2: turning passions into profits

PubCast is a podcast featuring the stories of website creators and app developers who turned their passions into profit with help from Google. In our second season of the series, you’ll hear from smal…

How making lists became this entrepreneur’s brand
How making lists became this entrepreneur’s brand

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel “I don’t think any of us are coming up with anything new — it’s all how you put your own personal spin on the thing,” says Saya. So while her list conc…

SEO lightning round 2 #AskGooglebot

In this lightning episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller answers questions such as: Can blocking CSS files in robots.txt cause any issues? (submitted by Riad Joseph) (0:14) How should I update the site…

Does URL length matter? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how URL length doesn’t affect ranking in search but how shorter URLs are preferred when indexing multiple copies of a page on your website. This …

Absolute or relative URLs, which is better? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains the differences between absolute and relative URLs and if there is a preference in how a search engine crawls and indexes them. This question was…

Are URLS case sensitive? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how uppercase and lowercase letters in URLs affect search engine crawling and canonicalization. This question was submitted by @HamzaAli353. Than…

Does a website theme matter for SEO? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how a website’s theme can play a role in search engines understanding the content you create. This question was submitted by @imnidhin3. Thank yo…

How to hide text in a snippet? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains what a snippet is and how to let Google know if you have text you’d like to exclude from search results. This question was submitted by Ariadna C…

Why does a site:query not show all my pages? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains why a site:query may not include all of your pages and where you can go to learn more about how Google is indexing your website. This question wa…

How does user feedback impact search results? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how Google receives and prioritizes user feedback on search results. This question was submitted by @MusingPraveen. Thank you! Send us your quest…

Is shared hosting ok? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains the difference between shared and dedicated hosting and clarifies how Google treats websites on a shared server. This question was submitted by N…

Should I hide affiliate links? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how you should handle affiliate links on your website. This question was submitted by @aristeidopoulos. Thank you! Structured data you might want…

How long does SEO take for new pages? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how long it takes a new page to be indexed by Google and what you can do to speed up the process. This question was submitted by filecoffee. Than…

Does Google have an index limit? #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how static and dynamic pages are indexed and if there are limits to how many pages Google can index for one website. This question was submitted …

How to remove a sitemap #AskGooglebot

In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains what a sitemap is and how to remove it in Search Console. This question was submitted by @Bos_Guy. Thank you! Learn about sitemaps → https://goo.…