Google: Passage Indexing and December update are unrelated


After Google announced the launch of the December 2020 Core Update, there were rumors in the industry that the search engine was also launching Passage Indexing at the same time.

Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Roundtable posed this question at the last webmaster hangout on December 4th. Google employee John Mueller replied that he did not know if Passage Indexing was launched or not, but this update is not related to Core Update.

According to him, any changes in this direction are just a coincidence.

The fact that Passage Indexing is scheduled to launch before the end of this year, Google announced in October. However, search officer Martin Splitt later said that this functionality is unlikely to be implemented in 2020 - rather, in 2021.