Digital Marketing Blog Search Engine Optimization The Google Crawl and Indexing Update of March 2020 Jeethu Vijayan March 23, 2020 Comments are Closed 1 Every Google update is a time for digital marketing companies to revisit their plans and draft new ideas in accordance with the changes. While some of these updates ask for serious contemplation and brainstorming, many of these also pass by without being much of a concern. Towards the end of 209, Google had introduced a two-part update on how it deals with No-follows. The first update that influences rankings has already happened. The second one has unfolded on March 1, 2020and will affect crawling and indexing. So, what are the things to watch out for with these updates? SocialPulsar is one of the top digital marketing companies in India that offer cutting-edge web marketing services to an exclusive clientele. Ranked top among the best SEO companies in Kerala, SocialPulsar keeps a close track of updates happening in the world of web so that our clients could stand to benefit the best. Let’s have a closer look at the Crawling and Indexing Google update of March 2020. What the update is all about The update is designed to influence the crawling and indexing of nofollow links. Until recently, these links were treated as a directive and Google did not crawl or index them. With the new update, this is changing. Google will from now on treat these links as a hint for the purpose of crawling and indexing. The nofollow has been traditionally used by many as for the purpose of keeping pages from being crawled. Pages linked with a nofollow would most probably be links to login pages, sections of a website that could be interpreted as thin pages and User profiles. These practices should now change, even though making use of nofollow to prevent Google from crawling and indexing pages wasn’t a good idea anyway. Will it impact rankings? As of now, it is difficult to tell whether or not the new update will influence the rankings of websites. A lot of it depends on what pages Google will prefer to crawl and index. Google might arrive at certain rules regarding which pages should be selected and indexed. It’s up to the tech world to wait and see what is in line. Things to keep in mind Know the update well – Just as in the case of any update, it is important for digital marketers to be aware of this update. It is up to the businesses to find out how rankings and traffic would change in the context of this update. Review its use – Using the nofollow in a poor manner may lead to undesired consequences. So it is important to review the usage of nofollow and decide whether it is time to get rid of them. Being a team fully committed to client success, SocialPulsar always keeps a close watch on all new Google updates with diligence. For more information on the crawling and indexing update, or anything digital, please do feel free to contact SocialPulsar.