Joost's weekly SEO recap:

Happy new year!

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 and it will not redirect you to your country’s local Google (in my case 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!

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5 Responses to Happy new year!

  1. Khaled Omer
    Khaled Omer  • 5 years ago

    Good post, Joost! Thanks for the update!
    I wasn’t aware of the Google Search Analytics update!

  2. ZimAdverts
    ZimAdverts  • 5 years ago

    Happy New Year Joost. I agree that it seems to be currently rolling out. Am seeing changes. Glad its working in my favor though

  3. Basheer Orsala
    Basheer Orsala  • 5 years ago

    Happy new year to you. I felt sudden shake in Google rankings yesterday. I guess it’s penguin but still waiting for official news.

  4. Rob Stoubos
    Rob Stoubos  • 5 years ago

    Hi Joost, nice post and Happy New Year to you! I wasn’t aware about the Google Search Analytics update, I’ll have to keep an eye out on that for our clients.

    In addition, do you have any idea when the real-time Google Penguine algo update is coming? I was guessing somewhere between February – April 2016. What are your thoughts on when this will be realeased and its impact?

    • Joost de Valk

      Hey Rob,

      it looks like it’s currently rolling out to be honest…