Google Algorithm Updates - 2019 Ongoing Discussion

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@bernard, those pretty links can result in blank pages being indexed, which is what happened to me. Definitely nofollow them to control crawling (though Google has said they're now going to crawl them to decide how to use them, but should learn they're affiliate links and stop crawling them). One thing you do NOT want to do is block crawling of those in the robots.txt or they'll index the blank redirects as pages.

Everything else that's noindexed, blocked by robots.txt, 404, etc... you'll want to update the links pointing to them to be nofollow in hopes to stop them from crawling those links. You're probably not seeing crawl budget issues but I think being efficient for Google's sake is a great idea, something they'll reward more and more in the future as crawling and indexing costs keep skyrocketing exponentially. They may already as some small ranking factor.
The strange thing is that Google keeps indexing some custom posts, that is from feeds, which have been noindex, nofollow for months if not years. Just won't let them go.

Anyway, now it seems all custom posts redirect to the front page, after turning of "public queryable", which I suppose should fix most of this.
 

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Be on the look out, some slipping and sliding going on. Looks like sites hit during the Nov 8th update might be in for a tumble. Already 3 days of drops.
 
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What the f... is going on?

This is either because Google thinks the recent update was a smashing success and wants more of it or they're not satisfied, but trying to fix it and in the process doing more of the same?
 

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More images of what's going on:







Remember Google is a zero sum game - when one side loses another side wins:

 
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I'm not seeing any noticeable difference in Google Analytics for my sites. KW trackers seem to be a bit more volatile though.
 
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With this update (Nov 8) I saw a site that hasn't been ranking top 10 in 2 years, suddenly jump into top 5. An older site with outdated content. Pretty interesting. It's a major revaluation.