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29.11.2022 Google Search Central

English Google SEO office-hours from November 2022

This is an audio-only recording of the Google SEO office-hours from November 2022 - a transcript is available at

These sessions cover topics submitted around anything search & website-owner related like crawling, indexing, mobile sites, internationalization, duplicate content, Sitemaps, Search Console, pagination, duplicate content, multi-lingual/multi-regional sites, etc. The answers are compiled by the Google Search Relations team.

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00:27 Can we use multiple values in one schema market field using comma separation?
01:10 What are the options to use the disavow feature in Search Console for domain properties?
01:50 How bad is the helpful content update for sites accepting guest posts for money?
02:24 What to do when Google does not detect the canonical tag correctly?
03:13 Is Google more likely to crawl and index the pages if the content is short?
03:52 Could dynamic sorting of listings be a reason for not indexing product images?
04:22 Is there a timeframe for the site migration?
05:20 Could the use of HTTP/3 improve SEO because it improves performance?
06:08 Why does Google keep using back links as a ranking factor?
07:14 Does it matter if the vast majority of anchors for internal content links are the same?
07:40 If you add the website schema, do you add software application schema too?
08:23 Is an excessive number of noindex pages an issue for disovery or indexing?
08:59 Is it a problem if the URL and the page don't use the same language?
09:19 How should creators respond to sites that scrape and spam?
09:56 Is it true that Google rotates indexed pages?
10:22 Should we keep an eye on the ratio between indexed and non-indexed pages?
11:02 How do we enable the Discover feature?
11:26 Does having many noindex pages linked from spammy sites affect crawl budget?
12:05 Is it thin content if I break down a long article into pieces?
12:51 Is it true that having lots of 404 pages can stop crawling and processing?
13:43 What is the current state of Key Moments video markup?
14:09 My new website is confused with a similar, older one - what can I do?
15:31 Is it possible to get FAQ featured snippets with just pure HTML?
16:08 Do self-referring canonicals help for deduplication?
16:45 Should there be some percentage of randomness in the Search results?
17:06 Why is Google not taking action on spun web stories?
17:31 Do comment pages linked with link rel=UGC get deindexed?
18:05 Are product reviews update for non-physical products without affiliate links ok?
18:36 I have 10,000 pages on my site, are there shortcuts for writing descriptions?
19:15 How can I best delete 10,000 pages of thin blog content?
19:39 Are backlinks powerful or should I focus on maximizing the quality of my site?
20:21 Must a page have a cached copy to appear in the search results?
20:39 Why does Search Console report an unknown referring URL for 4xx errors?
21:02 Should we mark automatically created pages as nofollow?
21:45 How can I best understand the performance report in Search Console?
22:25 How do I prevent pay-walled content from appearing in search results?
22:56 Does the spam score affect my site's ranking?
23:46 What should we do for out-of-stock product pages?
24:17 If hreflang is missing return tags, will it still be considered?
25:42 How can we implement hreflang without control of webpages in many countries?
26:20 Can hreflang sitemaps be placed in any folder location?
26:58 What is happening to a website that is not being indexed?
27:17 How can I handle x-default hreflang for new language updates?
28:09 Why do the product review updates impact non-review content?
28:26 What's the best way to remove old content?
29:02 Does text in images influence ranking in image search?
29:45 Is it beneficial for the local businesses to use many local listing websites?
30:13 Is a query parameter added to URLs bad for SEO?

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