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John Mueller Of Google Providing Webmaster Support On Christmas Again (2023 Edition) - Search Engine Roundtable

Last updated Monday, December 25, 2023 13:02 ET , Source: NewsService

Here are the previous years of John offering support on Christmas. He did it last year in 2022, then in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

This year, he seems to have stayed off X (formerly known as Twitter) likely for good reason, and posted mostly on Reddit. Here are the Reddit threads and responses he posted on on Christmas day:

  • Hreflang rendering - head or body? - "It sounds like (since you mentioned "rendering") you're adding hreflang with JavaScript. Technically, that's possible, but debugging is going to be painful. I would imagine that many hreflang testing tools will have trouble seeing it, for example. Hreflang is hard on its own, I would try not to make it even harder. It sounds like you're on top of things, just keep in mind that if the js injects an iframe in the head, you need to make sure the meta tags that you need for search are before the iframe. (The iframe will generally stop processing of the head at that point)."
  • Robots.txt unreachable - "This is almost certainly your server blockinng Googlebot, for example with a particularly spicy CDN configuration. This is not a bug in Search Console. If your robots.txt is not accessible to Googlebot, nothing will get crawled. The contents of the robots.txt file doesn't matter for this issue - the problem is that Googlebot can't even look at the file, so it assumes that your server wants to block all traffic."
  • Google Cache is different from Search...

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