First of all, a happy new year to you all! This is the first weekly recap of 2016 and the first weekly recap of the last 3 weeks so we have a few weeks of news to cover. Luckily, we weren’t the only ones taking it slow, so it’s about a normal week’s worth of news.
Google “No country redirect” stops working, then comes back
For a short while I was slightly freaked out. You see, Google broke the NCR feature. NCR stands for No Country Redirect and allows you to go to google.com/ncr and it will not redirect you to your country’s local Google (in my case google.nl). Breaking that would force me into using a proxy all the time. Luckily, it’s back working now.
Google Search Analytics update
Google did an update to the Search Analytics in Google Search Console, a feature I love. The “full” report reads:
An update to web search logs analysis. This change may increase the total number of clicks and impressions.
It seems to have indeed increased the number of clicks & impressions on several sites I’ve seen, while changing nothing for some other sites.
Read more: Search Analytics in Google Search Console »
Google Knowledge Graph Search API
Google released an API to query its Knowledge Graph, replacing its old Freebase APIs. This could be a very useful API in specific fields, I’ll certainly be looking into what kind of interesting data it offers.
That’s it, see you next week!