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Search Off the Record

25 EpisodesProduced by GoogleWebsite

Search Off the Record takes you behind the scenes of Google Search and its inner workings! In each episode, the folks from the Search Relations team will give you background info on the decision-making behind launches, feature prioritization in Search Console, and the projects Google Search teams ar… read more

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Let’s talk JavaScript

September 30th, 2021

51:18

In this episode, Martin and Gary discuss JavaScript in great detail. They talk about the origins of JavaScript, how it compares to Java applet, modern replacements, and all the problems that go along with this …

SEO Starter Guide: What’s all the drama?

September 9th, 2021

43:10

In this very special episode, John, Gary, and Lizzi are joined by a guest star Michael Wyszomierski (tech writer for internal apps). Through some dramatic readings they bring the SEO Starter Guide to life and …

Monetized websites, search experiments, and more!

August 19th, 2021

42:17

John, Martin, and Gary are joined by special guest Aurora Morales from the Trust & Safety Policy Transparency team. They talk about website …

Cheese, Web Workers, universal search, and more!

July 29th, 2021

42:26

John, Martin, and Gary celebrate recording over 20 episodes of the podcast reminiscing about great cheese and guests they want to have on the show. They then dive into how Web Workers work, their dream Swiss German …

Tackling web spam, search quality, and more!

July 6th, 2021

42:39

John, Martin, and Gary are joined by special guest Duy Nguyen from the Search Quality team. They discuss tackling web spam, responding to manual actions, preventing hacks, ranking, and more.

Google Search developer site …

Google I/O 2021, information retrieval, and more!

June 17th, 2021

40:44

John, Martin, and Gary discuss this year’s Google I/O and whether its website followed SEO best practices, upcoming events, and, of course, …

Search Console, JavaScript, serving, and more!

May 27th, 2021

43:46

In this episode, John, Martin, and Gary are joined by special guest Daniel Waisberg. Daniel talks about the new Search Console Regex feature and how …

What if speed was a ranking factor...?

May 6th, 2021

28:45

In this episode, John, Martin, and Gary discuss Core Web Vitals and start a hypothetical search engine (Steve) to figure out how they would approach …

How serving works, hreflang, and more!

April 13th, 2021

33:01

In this episode, John, Martin, and Gary dive into how serving works, discuss the Search Central Live debugging session, and the surprising complexity of internationalization and hreflang. Have a listen!

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Search Central LIVE Q&A

March 25th, 2021

33:38

This episode is a recording of the Q&A section of the Search Central LIVE event which took place on Feb 24th, 2021. John, Martin, and Gary answer questions about launching a new site for a local business, algorithm …

Site Kit, Web Components, shards and more!

February 23rd, 2021

26:09

In this episode, John, Gary, Martin, and special guest Mariya, Product Manager on the Search team, discuss Google’s free WordPress plugin Site Kit, the Swiss army knife of Google products that puts the most relevant of …

Launching Google Search Central (step by step)

February 2nd, 2021

40:10

In this episode, John, Gary, and special guests from the Search Relations team Cherry and Lizzi, discuss all the steps and decisions involved in …

Language complexities in Search index selection and more!

January 19th, 2021

30:19

In this episode, John, Martin, Gary, and special guest Cherry Prommawin, Search Advocate based in Singapore, discuss Google Search in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the complexities of index selection for language …

Looking back on 2020 with Search Relations

December 22nd, 2020

26:08

In our very last podcast episode...for 2020, John, Martin, and Gary reflect on the year and how it’s impacted events and community interaction, they …

Web Stories, Search and sheep launches, and more!

November 16th, 2020

28:28

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with the Search Relations team. In this episode, John, Martin, Gary, and special guest Pascal Birchler, Developer Programs …

How technical Search content is written and published at Google and more!

November 4th, 2020

29:06

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with the Search Relations team. In this episode, John, Martin, Gary, and special guest Lizzi Harvey, technical writer, deep …

What do rendering, signal collection, and SEOs & devs have to do with each other?

October 22nd, 2020

32:11

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with the Search Relations team. In this episode, Gary, Martin, and John draw (un)expected connections between rendering, signal …

Spilling the beans on Caffeine (Google's indexing system) and more!

October 8th, 2020

32:00

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with the Search Relations team. Gary spills the beans on Caffeine (Google’s indexing system), John wonders about GIF SEO and …

Honestly about Google’s Honest Results Policy and more!

September 21st, 2020

37:45

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with the Search Relations team. In this episode, John, Martin, and Gary discuss the different types of rendering, they deep …

SEO summer: index waves, sandboxes, crawling, and more!

August 25th, 2020

32:13

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with the Search Relations team. In this SEO summer themed episode, John, Martin, and Gary discuss two waves of indexing, the …

Indexing (JavaScript) comments and much more!

August 3rd, 2020

21:24

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with the Search Relations team. In this episode, Gary gives an update on his new website, and John, Martin, and Gary discuss …

How to think about ranking in Search and much more!

July 16th, 2020

33:48

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with John Mueller, Gary Illyes, and Martin Splitt from the Search Relations team. In this episode, John, Gary, and Martin take …

Survey results, SEO online events, Search outages, and more!

July 2nd, 2020

23:26

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with John Mueller, Gary Illyes, and Martin Splitt from the Search Relations team. In this episode of Search Off the Record, …

Pop filters, nofollow, Core Web Vitals, and more!

June 16th, 2020

30:25

Search Off the Record is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Google Search with John Mueller, Gary Illyes, and Martin Splitt from the Search Relations team. In this episode of Search Off the Record, …

Search Off the Record - Trailer (New Podcast Show by Google Webmasters)

May 8th, 2020

2:43

John Mueller, Martin Splitt, and Gary Illyes kick off the new Google Webmasters podcast series which takes you behind the scenes of Google Search: Search Off the Record! Have a listen to the trailer to find out what …

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