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Search Engine Recap - Week 24 (2024)

Welcome to your weekly update on the biggest search engine news, designed to keep your SEO strategy ahead of the competition. Welcome to week 24.

Welcome to week 24, which includes a Search Console update, a clarification of click-through rates, and advice from Gary Illyes. Here's an overview.

New Insights for Google Shopping

Google Search Console now provides e-commerce merchants with more detailed insights into their product listings' performance on Google Shopping.

This new feature, found under the "Performance" report, includes metrics such as impressions and clicks for product listings.

google shopping reports and tools

This aims to help merchants optimize their visibility on Google by providing a more comprehensive view of product data.

Access to these insights is limited to websites that Google has identified as online merchants selling physical goods directly to consumers.

Google Clarifies the Value of CTR

Google has clarified that Click-Through-Rates (CTR) do not directly impact rankings in search results, debunking misconceptions about their role in the Helpful Content Update.

In response to concerns about how new pages could rank if CTR were critical, Google emphasized the use of various ranking signals, including user interaction data.

Therefore, the advice to businesses is - as always - to focus on creating valuable content for users instead of solely optimizing for the search engine.

This approach aligns with Google's goal of rewarding high-quality, user-friendly content.

Gary Illyes on the Use of Robots.txt

We wrap up with advice from Google's Gary Illyes, who advises website owners to use the robots.txt file to block crawlers from accessing URLs that trigger actions such as "add to cart" or "add to wishlist."

gary illyes on robots txt

This practice prevents unnecessary server load caused by bots crawling these action URLs.

Blocking these URLs helps reduce wasted server resources and improves crawler efficiency.

Gary Illyes emphasized that this long-standing guidance is still relevant, as it ensures more efficient use of server capacity and aligns with established standards from the 1990s.

Takeaways and Recommendations

Week 24 brought updates to Google’s shopping capabilities and clarified the value of different signals in search results.

This again underscores the importance of combining your experiences with Google’s guidance. Doing so will generally strengthen your domain broadly.

If you need help boosting your SEO strategy, feel free to reach out to us. As a specialized SEO agency, we are always focused on elevating businesses to the top positions on search engines.

Thomas Bogh

CPO & Partner

Thomas er CPO samt Partner, hvorfor fokus til dagligt ligger i evig analyse af Googles algoritme og udvikling af SEO som produkt. Thomas har arbejdet med SEO i flere år med stor passion for at sprede know how på, hvordan man som virksomhed implementerer SEO bedst i sin forretning. Ved siden af Bonzer bidrager Thomas med viden til læserne hos bl.a. Search Engine Journal, DanDomain og Detailfolk. Herudover har han også undervist i Digital Mediestrategi på Copenhagen Business School i København. Har du ønsker eller spørgsmål vedr. SEO universet, kan du altid kontakte ham på [email protected].

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