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Google to use Page Speed as Metric in Mobile Search Ranking
"Today we’re announcing that starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches."

Google's YouTube Changes Monetization Rules For Creators
These are significant changes for creators.

Google AdSense Publishers Report Increase in Empty Ad Spots
Discussion about publishers reporting an apparent increase in empty ad slots.

Google Rolling Out 16-Months Performance Data in New Search Console
Google is rolling out a new search console with extended data including 16-months of data...

Google Consolidates Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay
Android Pay and Google Wallet are now Google Pay.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - January 2018
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Google Will Eventually Stop Following Links on Noindex Pages
Google will eventually stop following links from a page that has noindex on it.

Google Chrome Starts Blocking Ads Not Complying With Coalition for Better Ads, Feb 15, 2018
Google Chrome will start removing "failing" status ads that don't comply with the Coalition for Better Ads Guidelines.

Are You Ready For Google's Mobile First Indexing
Mobile First indexing is a real thing, now: Make sure your site is ready by following these tips.

Google Add Expanded Features Snippets, Knowledge Panel Updates and Suggested Content
Google has made a number of updates to Featured Snippets, and has updated the Knowledge Panel, along with suggested content on search topics.

Oath and Mozilla Sue and Countersue Over Yahoo Search Deal
Mozilla removed Yahoo as default search provider, resulting in a lawsuit by Oath.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - December 2017
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Google Warns About Event Markup Abuse May Result in Manual Action
Google has warned marketers over misuse of Event markup, and may risk manual action.

Google Adds Trust Project Labelling
Google is adding Trust Project labelling for newrooms to add to their content.

Google Says AMP Pages Must Have Close Content Parity or Receive Manual Action Message
Google has said from February 1, 2018, AMP pages must have close content parity to comparable to the original canonical page content.

Google AdWords: Wasted Spend -- Still Hurts the Most
WebmasterWorld Members discuss Google AdWords and one of the most annoying aspects, wasted spend, and what to do about it.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - November 2017
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Google Drops Access to Travel API - Affects Major Travel Players
Google has said no new registrations are being allowed, and it's shutting off access of its QPX Express API service as of April 10, 2018.

Google Now Serves Country-Specific Domain SERPs Based on Location
Choice of country service is no longer indicated by domain. Now, by default, users will be served the country service that corresponds to the users' location.

Voyaging Outside the Google Box
WebmasterWorld Members look beyond Google, and discuss technologies that will give sites the competitive advantage.

Google Mobile First index rolling out slowly/ being tested for some sites
Google says the mobile first index is rolling out slowly and is going well. Webmasterworld Members make observations and discuss the effects.

Mozilla Helps Unify Microsoft, Google, W3C, Samsung to Create Cross-Browser Documentation on MDN
Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, W3C, and Samsung have agreed to collaborate to create cross browser compatibility on MDN.

Google Updates and Who or What They Target
WebmasterWorld Members discuss Google updates and who or what they are targeting.