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Google Crawl Budget: What SEOs Need to Know About Googlebot Crawling (with additional quotes from +Gary Illyes)
Gary Illyes from Google has posted a blog entry on the Google Webmaster blog, touching on Googlebot and crawl budget issues that site owners might have. First, it is important to note that not all site owners will be impacted by crawl budget issues. For the most part, sites with 4,000 or fewer URL…
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Hi! Thank you, that's very interesting! Will take time to think over
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Google+ gets AMP’d

Fast Web pages rock, and we’re making Google+ an even better place to read great stories by adding support for Accelerated Mobile Pages (https://www.ampproject.org/). Now when you browse G+ on the Web on your phone, look for the little lightning bolt icon to load articles up to 4x faster, using up to 10x less data. Enjoy, and stay tuned as we add support for more platforms and publishers in the near future.

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+John Mueller​ an example of the reddit issue can be seen with the search term "empyrion how to use symmetry reddit". The second result is: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/empyrion/comments/4z8nom/wheres_the_symmetry_or_in_girum_imus_nocte_et/?client=ms-android-verizon which claims 7 responses all from 4 minutes ago. But if you click the link at the bottom to go to the real Reddit page, you see that the comments are much older and that there are many more comments. The date listed on Google is from Aug '16, which is rather recent compared to the actual dates of the comments in the real Reddit post.

With regards to metrics, I was more referring to proprietary server side metrics. If a system tracks something via server request logs then there won't be any requests when an AMP page hosted by Google is hit. This could also affect AB testing frameworks.
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Whether you're using a Content Management System or e-commerce platform to build your site, one of the easiest things you can do to keep your site safe is to keep up with updates.
Set auto-updates where possible, and sign up for security announcements when available. Don't waste time when updates are available. Leaving your site vulnerable means it's only a matter of time before it's compromised. #NoHacked

Here are a few security resources from common CMSs and e-commerce platforms:

Magento→ https://goo.gl/ZUcoz4
Joomla→ https://goo.gl/oUH7l0
Drupal→ https://goo.gl/7UJZZo
Wordpress→ https://goo.gl/eTGXT4
WooCommerce→ https://goo.gl/8TaiHP
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This Webmaster Central office hours hangout is taking place later today. Still time to get your questions in & vote on the existing ones. See you there, maybe‽
 
Join us for a Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout on Dec 27, 4pm CET
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20161227T16&p1=268

Add your questions to this Google+ post. This session is open to anything webmaster related like crawling, indexing, mobile sites, internationalization, duplicate content, Sitemaps, Search Console, pagination, duplicate content, multi-lingual/multi-regional sites, etc.

This is a Hangout on YouTube Live. To join live, watch out for the link here once the event starts, and use a webcam + headset. You can find out more about Hangouts and how to participate at https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours

Feel free to drop by - we welcome webmasters of all levels! If you would like to join this hangout live & in person, and haven't been able to get in recently, please leave a note here and we'll try to invite you a few minutes before we start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKqargG5lAw
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Hello,Is it double Content, if there exists two websites with the same under title text for the same Image (alt-text), thanks
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Small update to the AMP reports in Search Console: We now clearly differentiate between the critical issues that would prevent your page from being shown in the search results, and the other non-critical issues that would be good to fix.

If you're publishing AMPs, check it out & let us know how it works for you!

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Super!
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Heute um 13:00 geht's weiter mit den naechsten Webmaster Hangouts auf Deutsch -- schaut doch vorbei & bringt Fragen mit!
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Donnerstag, 12. Januar, gibt's hier wieder ein Google Webmaster Central Hangout auf Deutsch

Thema: Fragen könnt ihr hier erfassen. Ich bin offen für alles Google/Webmaster-bezogene, z.B. Google’s Crawling & Indexing, Duplicate Content, Sitemaps, Search Console, Mehrsprachige & internationale Websites, usw.

Wo: Hier auf YouTube Live. Mehr über Hangouts findet ihr unter https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours -- eine Webcam ist praktisch, aber nicht notwendig.

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Puh, daran habe ich lange gebastelt. Über Feedback würde ich mich freuen, insbesondere über das von Brillenträgern. Stimmt das so ungefähr mit Eurem Seheindruck ohne Brille überein? http://www.brillen-sehhilfen.de/dioptrien-simulator/
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Dioptrien-Simulator: Sehschärfe simulieren. Mit Hilfe der folgenden Grafik können Sie eine brechungsbasierte Fehlsichtigkeit simulieren und die Sehstärke (Visus) bei einem bestimmten Dioptrie-Wert visuell erfahren. Bitte beachten Sie: die Dioptrie-Simulation kann immer nur einen groben Anhaltswert ...
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This hangout is taking place later today -- make sure to add your questions & +1 any that you're interested in! See you there :)
 
Join us for a Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout on Jan 10, 4pm CET
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20170110T16&p1=268

Add your questions to this Google+ post. This session is open to anything webmaster related like crawling, indexing, mobile sites, internationalization, duplicate content, Sitemaps, Search Console, pagination, duplicate content, multi-lingual/multi-regional sites, etc.

This is a Hangout on YouTube Live. To join live, watch out for the link here once the event starts, and use a webcam + headset. You can find out more about Hangouts and how to participate at https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours

Feel free to drop by - we welcome webmasters of all levels! If you would like to join this hangout live & in person, and haven't been able to get in recently, please leave a note here and we'll try to invite you a few minutes before we start.

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hello, is it a mistake, if we write the same subtitles for images and published on two different websites ? 
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Get it done

It's better to do something imperfect that helps than not help at all.  We so easily forget that.  Here's a great story to help us remember: the Hair Dryer Incident, as told by psychatrist Scott Alexander:

The Hair Dryer Incident was probably the biggest dispute I’ve seen in the mental hospital where I work. Most of the time all the psychiatrists get along and have pretty much the same opinion about important things, but people were at each other’s throats about the Hair Dryer Incident.

Basically, this one obsessive compulsive woman would drive to work every morning and worry she had left the hair dryer on and it was going to burn down her house. So she’d drive back home to check that the hair dryer was off, then drive back to work, then worry that maybe she hadn’t really checked well enough, then drive back, and so on ten or twenty times a day.

It’s a pretty typical case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, but it was really interfering with her life. She worked some high-powered job – I think a lawyer – and she was constantly late to everything because of this driving back and forth, to the point where her career was in a downspin and she thought she would have to quit and go on disability. She wasn’t able to go out with friends, she wasn’t even able to go to restaurants because she would keep fretting she left the hair dryer on at home and have to rush back. She’d seen countless psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors, she’d done all sorts of therapy, she’d taken every medication in the book, and none of them had helped.

So she came to my hospital and was seen by a colleague of mine, who told her “Hey, have you thought about just bringing the hair dryer with you?”

And it worked.

She would be driving to work in the morning, and she’d start worrying she’d left the hair dryer on and it was going to burn down her house, and so she’d look at the seat next to her, and there would be the hair dryer, right there. And she only had the one hair dryer, which was now accounted for. So she would let out a sigh of relief and keep driving to work.

And approximately half the psychiatrists at my hospital thought this was absolutely scandalous, and This Is Not How One Treats Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and what if it got out to the broader psychiatric community that instead of giving all of these high-tech medications and sophisticated therapies we were just telling people to put their hair dryers on the front seat of their car?

I, on the other hand, thought it was the best fricking story I had ever heard and the guy deserved a medal. Here’s someone who was totally untreatable by the normal methods, with a debilitating condition, and a drop-dead simple intervention that nobody else had thought of gave her her life back. If one day I open up my own psychiatric practice, I am half-seriously considering using a picture of a hair dryer as the logo, just to let everyone know where I stand on this issue.

Miyamoto Musashi is quoted as saying:

The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy’s cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him.

Likewise, the primary thing in psychiatry is to help the patient, whatever the means. Someone can concern-troll that the hair dryer technique leaves something to be desired in that it might have prevented the patient from seeking a more thorough cure that would prevent her from having to bring the hair dryer with her. But compared to the alternative of “nothing else works” it seems clearly superior.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/11/21/the-categories-were-made-for-man-not-man-for-the-categories/

Thanks to Richard Mlynarik for leading me to this, indirectly.  He actually pointed me to an interesting article about psychology and network theory:

http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/12/14/ssc-journal-club-mental-disorders-as-networks/

The idea is that some mental disorders, instead of having a single "root cause", are a network of symptoms that reinforce each.  Some, not all!
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Funny, as I was reading this, I thought "why doesn't she just take it with her like I do?". I now have to drive a removals van ......
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Join us for a Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout on Dec 27, 4pm CET
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20161227T16&p1=268

Add your questions to this Google+ post. This session is open to anything webmaster related like crawling, indexing, mobile sites, internationalization, duplicate content, Sitemaps, Search Console, pagination, duplicate content, multi-lingual/multi-regional sites, etc.

This is a Hangout on YouTube Live. To join live, watch out for the link here once the event starts, and use a webcam + headset. You can find out more about Hangouts and how to participate at https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours

Feel free to drop by - we welcome webmasters of all levels! If you would like to join this hangout live & in person, and haven't been able to get in recently, please leave a note here and we'll try to invite you a few minutes before we start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKqargG5lAw
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Tomorrow's office-hours hangout is lined up on the topic of Search Console! If you have any open questions about how to use Search Console, or what the data means, feel free to add the questions to the event listing.

If you'd like to join live, add a note too :-). (I send a private invite a few minutes before we start.)
 
Join us for a Search Console Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout on Dec 20, 4pm CET
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20161220T16&p1=268

Add your questions to this Google+ post. This session will focus on your questions around Search Console.

This is a Hangout on YouTube Live. To join live, watch out for the link here once the event starts, and use a webcam + headset. You can find out more about Hangouts and how to participate at https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours

Feel free to drop by - we welcome webmasters of all levels! If you would like to join this hangout live & in person, and haven't been able to get in recently, please leave a note here and we'll try to invite you a few minutes before we start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZD965NFdyo

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When moving to HTTP/2, Googlebot should benefit from an improved page load time to download all the assets (base HTML, CSS, JS, images etc). Will this improvement flow into improved crawling and would those benefits show up in Google Search Console?
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The next office hours hangout (next Tuesday) is specific to Search Console. If there's anything specific to Search Console that's been on your mind, now's the time to ask!
 
Join us for a Search Console Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout on Dec 20, 4pm CET
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20161220T16&p1=268

Add your questions to this Google+ post. This session will focus on your questions around Search Console.

This is a Hangout on YouTube Live. To join live, watch out for the link here once the event starts, and use a webcam + headset. You can find out more about Hangouts and how to participate at https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours

Feel free to drop by - we welcome webmasters of all levels! If you would like to join this hangout live & in person, and haven't been able to get in recently, please leave a note here and we'll try to invite you a few minutes before we start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZD965NFdyo

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Hi +John Mueller, I am interested attending your meetings, please add me in the invit list.
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