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04.05.2023 Google Search Central

English Google SEO office-hours from May 2023

This is an audio-only recording of the Google SEO office-hours from May 2023 - a transcript is available at

These sessions cover topics submitted around anything search and 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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0:00 - Introduction
0:35 - If a domain gets penalized does it affect the links that are outbound from it?
1:01 - Are results generated differently in the URL Inspection Tool & Rich Results Testing Tool rendered html tabs?
2:00 - Is doing off page SEO submissions to directory and social bookmarking sites worth it?
2:09 - Why are collection pages excluded as noindex on my site?
3:39 - Links to my site appear to be coming from Russian websites - how do I block these links?
4:12 - Does the backend of a website matter for ranking?
4:39 - Do you plan to allow more than one Site Name for snippets?
5:07 - Should it take over six months to index my 16,000 pages?
5:49 - For permalinks, is it better with contractions to have "-will-not-" vs. "-wont-" in the URL?
6:32 - Does it make it hard for Googlebots to crawl and index an image if it is having many levels in the image URL?
6:57 - A lot of spam backlinks point to my website, how to stop them?
7:30 - Is it possible that Google Search Console shows me wrong queries?
8:25 - Full HTML page via server side rendering for search engines & client-side rendering for users. Is this OK?
9:04 - How important are descriptive file names for images?
9:35 - What's the best way to get your traffic up after a redesign?
10:33 - Does Googlebot for organic search crawling render every page crawled? If not, how often does this happen?
10:56 - Can it hurt to have schema markup on a page that is invalid?
11:22 - How to change from a redirect 302 to a redirect 301?
12:00 - Does extensive boilerplate content harm the website?
12:25 - How do I prevent Googlebot from calling an expensive external API when rendering the Javascript on a page?
13:06 - Is there any certain method to change domain names without losing seo rankings?
13:33 - My brand favicon was uploaded over a month ago. However, on Google my webflow favicon is still there. Why?
14:38 - If a website writes posts in multiple languages (translated by hand), what is the best practice to divide the content?
15:09 - Does Google accept links in HTML dropdowns?
15:52 - Robots.txt unreachable in Google Search Console. Why?
16:37 - If a sitemap has hreflang URLs mentioned, how do properties like lastmod or priority affect it?
17:45 - Should I block affiliate links in robots.txt or lift disallow and prevent affiliate links from being indexed?
18:11 - Wrap up

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