Introducing Site Names on Google Search

October 14, 2022

Google Search is introducing site names on mobile search results to make it easier for users to identify the website associated with each result. Site names are currently available in English, French, Japanese, and German, and will be rolling out to additional languages over the next few months.

Google Search relies on a variety of sources to identify the site name for a search result. To indicate your preferred site name, you can use structured data on your homepage to tell Google what the site name should be. For more information about how to do this, check out the Site name documentation.

We also recommend revisiting the documentation for favicons for the latest best practices. We’re continuing to show favicons on Search, and we recommend providing an icon that's at least 48px, and follows the existing favicon guidelines.

Google has announced a change to the way it handles "noindex" directives. Previously, if a page was tagged with "noindex," Google would drop it from its search results. Now, however, "noindex" will only be respected if it is accompanied by an explicit message telling Google not to index the page.

This change is designed to make it easier for webmasters to control how their pages are indexed by Google. For example, if a webmaster wants to prevent a specific page from being indexed, but doesn't want to use the "noindex" directive, they can now add a message telling Google not to index that page.

This change will only affect pages that are specifically tagged with "noindex." Pages that are not explicitly tagged with "noindex" will continue to be indexed normally.

The full announcement can be found here.

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