Google announced they now require fewer ad clicks to trigger the calculation of mobile page speed scores for an ad's landing page. Google wrote "We've recently updated the mobile speed score algorithm to require fewer ad clicks in order to calculate a score. This means you'll now see a speed score for more of your pages."
The other week we reported that Google by default has opted in all Google My Business listings to receive calls via the Google Assistant with their Duplex technology. But get this, a local SEO said they went in, removed the opt in (manually opted out) of Google Assistant calls for 200 or so locations and then this week it was all opted in again by itself.
I spotted a rare forum post at WebmasterWorld from an SEO that noticed significant ranking and indexing changes at Bing. It is rare to see an SEO talk about this stuff with Bing and then it is rare to see others chime in. So I asked Frédéric Dubut from Bing who said "nothing out of the ordinary" has happened recently there.
Anyone can edit a business listings details on Google Maps and local. So if you have a competitor and you want to close them down, or shut their business hours, or change their web site address or worse, you can do that. The business owner may notice an email about the change, only after the change was implemented. Then they need to go in and update their listing and wait days for Google to update it in the search results.
On Friday, Google published on their blog about fighting disinformation and posted a 30 page white paper. Truth is, there is nothing really new in this white paper that we have not covered over the years but it is getting some attention and I wanted to just highlight some points of interest in web search ranking for SEOs.
The Google white paper I just covered mentions explicitly that Google's algorithms can detect if a query is related to YMYL, your month your life, related content and then adjust the weights of the ranking algorithm for those specific queries. There has been some debate in the SEO industry if Google is indeed doing this so now this should clear that up.
As you know, Google's John Mueller and friends need to move off of Google+ for managing the questions and notifications of upcoming Google webmaster office hour hangouts. So John said they are now trying the YouTube communities where you can post questions and thumbs up those questions directly within the scheduled YouTube Live video.