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Google: 15% of Searches Every Day Are Still New April 26, 2017 at 3:38 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment For many years, Googlers have referred to a statistic regarding searches, stating that 15% of all searches done are for queries never seen by Google before. And in Google’s new blog post about search algos and updates, they state that they still see 15% of search ...
Google Updates Feedback Form for Featured Snippets & Autocomplete April 26, 2017 at 3:24 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has updated the feedback forms that users use to submit feedback for both featured snippets and autocomplete. When you view a featured snippet you feel is wrong or inappropriate, there is the usual feedback link, but the updated form ...
Another day, another test from Google in their sponsored hotel rates listings. Now Google is testing a carousel of rates from various sources within the hotel knowledge panel. Sergey Alakov spotted the ...
Google Soliciting Feedback on Hotel Knowledge Panel Accuracy April 25, 2017 at 4:38 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you do a search for a hotel that brings up a hotel knowledge panel, you might be asked to give feedback on the accuracy of the listing and to make edits to improve it.
Facebook Testing Star Ratings in Local Business Ads April 25, 2017 at 4:25 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment It seems that Facebook is jumping on the bandwagon of showing review stars in ads. Facebook is starting a small test where they will show review stars in a small percentage of selected ads.
Reminder: Google Manual Actions Transfer to New Search Console Account April 25, 2017 at 4:11 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you add a new domain to Google Search Console when the ownership of the domain is transferred, any manual actions attached to the domain will show up in Google Search Console.
Google Testing Popover Banner for Hotel Rates in Search Results April 25, 2017 at 3:53 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google is testing a new banner style call to action within their hotel knowledge panel on the mobile search results. When searching a hotel that has sponsored room rate listings, Google is showing a new floating banner on the bottom of the page wit ...
Google, Microsoft, Facebook & More Targeting “Worst Offender” Ad Types April 21, 2017 at 4:26 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment There are some ads that annoy users more than others. These include things like autoplay videos ads with sound enabled by default and pop up ads. And for some users, flashing ads can induce medical events such as seizures.
Man Arrested for Sending Google Forged Court Orders to Remove Search Results April 21, 2017 at 3:12 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment A business owner has been arrested and charged after creating multiple forged court orders which were sent to Google in order to get negative reviews about their company removed from the search results.
Errors When Submitting URL to Google Search Console; Workaround Available April 20, 2017 at 2:51 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Many SEOs are reporting error messages when attempting to submit URLs to Google Search Console for indexing. When attempting to submit a URL using the fetch and submit tool, it shows “An error has occurred. Please try again later.
Google AdWords Adds Company Based Product Listing Ads to Search Results April 19, 2017 at 11:35 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has added a new style of PLAs to the search results. It is a carousel that divides products by the company selling them, rather than the usual unsorted PLAs.
Google Does Not Devalue Pages With Internal Nofollow Links April 18, 2017 at 3:23 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Many site owners will nofollow internal links for a number of reasons, such as for siloing for PageRank or crawl budget reasons, or in a misinformed attempt to get an outbound link manual action lifted.
When Google Rankings Drop After Submitting a Disavow File April 17, 2017 at 9:34 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment When submitting a disavow file, oftentimes people also disavow great links that help rankings, and not just the bad links. For some site owners, identifying the links that should be disavowed (spammy links or links that were paid for in some way) versus ...
Using Nofollow for Siloing Will Not Cause Google Penalty April 14, 2017 at 9:59 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Using nofollow on internal links has been a technique to silo pages within a site for crawl budget reasons. A site owner will nofollow all links to lesser important pages while using followed links on those pages considered more important.
Title Tag Keywords in CAPS Do Not Impact Rankings April 14, 2017 at 9:04 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you are using CAPS in your title tags, either to highlight keywords or perhaps to follow brand guidelines, you do not need to worry about incurring the wrath of Google for it. There is no penalty or ranking issues with the use of caps. The question came up on Twitter.
Google Search Console Links Report Empty for Some Sites April 12, 2017 at 9:02 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you are wanting to analyze links that Google knows about linking to your site, you might have a difficult time. Google has dropped both external and internal links from displaying within Google Search Console. Instead, affected users are seeing empty results.
Google Adds Carousel & Rich List Suggestions for Blog Queries April 12, 2017 at 8:36 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Looking for a blog in a particular market area? Google has added a new feature with both rich lists and carousels that lists popular blogs in a variety of market areas and verticals.
Google: Expect Conflicting Info on Mobile First Prior to Launch April 6, 2017 at 6:07 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google’s Gary Illyes, speaking at Next10x yesterday, said that we can expect to hear conflicting information on the mobile first indexing change prior to its official launch and Google’s official blog post about the launch. .
Google’s Mobile First Index Unlikely to Launch Before 2018 April 6, 2017 at 5:53 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment There is a little bit more breathing room for those sites needing the time to get their mobile sites ready for mobile first indexing change by Google. It now sounds like it is unlikely to launch prior to 2018.
Google has added a brand new Mobile Sites certification to their Google Parners program. The certification gives a Google stamp of approval that the bearer of the certificate is knowledgeable in “best pract ...