The SEM Post - Posts from August 2016

  • Google Testing Mobile Style in Desktop Local 3-Pack

    Google Testing Mobile Style in Desktop Local 3-Pack August 16, 2016 at 5:05 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google is testing a new style of local 3-pack in the desktop search results – and this style draws directly from how Google styles the mobile search results. Sergey Alakov spotted this test in the search results (via incognito) The blue color and the style ...

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  • Google Adds AdWords Ads Within the Organic Local 3-Pack Listings

    Google Adds AdWords Ads Within the Organic Local 3-Pack Listings August 8, 2016 at 4:11 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Ever since Google began displaying ads in a local pack style, many were anticipating that Google would also begin to display ads within the regular local 3-pack as well. And it seems they are now doing just that.

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  • AMP Now Supports A/B Testing

    AMP Now Supports A/B Testing August 25, 2016 at 2:39 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you have been wanting to do some A/B testing on your AMPlified page performances, AMP is now supporting a new which gives publishers flexibility to test variations of pages. This is especially good news for those publishers wanting to monetize better as well as for advertisers t ...

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  • Abusive Bots & Services Behind the AdWords Keyword Planner Data Restrictions

    Abusive Bots & Services Behind the AdWords Keyword Planner Data Restrictions August 19, 2016 at 4:25 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment It appears as though we now know the reason that Google made the recent Keyword Planner Tool changes that sees some advertisers and SEOs see restricted data instead of detailed data – it was to prevent bots and other services from abusing the inten.

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  • Google Adds “Stay in the Loop” Email Alerts in Search Results

    Google Adds “Stay in the Loop” Email Alerts in Search Results August 1, 2016 at 4:34 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Everyone has done vanity searches for their own name, especially those whose name is connected with their business. Google has just made it a bit easier to track new mentions of your name with the addition of a new “Stay in the loop” feature that the ...

    Jennifer Slegg/ The SEM Postin SEO EMail Google- 21 readers -
  • Half of the Most Shared Olympics Ads of All Time Are From the Rio Games

    Half of the Most Shared Olympics Ads of All Time Are From the Rio Games August 25, 2016 at 1:37 am PST By Greg Jarboe Leave a Comment Half of the top 10 most shared Olympic ads of all time come from the Rio Games. That’s according to data released this week by Unruly, which puts ads from British broadcaster Channel 4, Under Armour, Nike, and P&G in the all-time chart.

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  • Google Alerting Site Owners About Pages With AMP Errors

    Google Alerting Site Owners About Pages With AMP Errors August 16, 2016 at 4:43 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you have AMP errors on any of your webpages, and you do a query that triggers a page with those errors, Google is now showing a notification in the search results to alert site owners to the issue.

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  • Google Brain Team Hosting Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)

    Google Brain Team Hosting Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) August 8, 2016 at 4:44 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Want to learn more about machine learning at Google? Have a specific question for the Google Brain team? They are hosting an AMA on Reddit this week. You can submit your questions now, and they will begin answering them on August 11.

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  • Google Asking for Local Business Descriptions from Searchers

    Google Asking for Local Business Descriptions from Searchers August 29, 2016 at 5:58 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google is asking searchers for features feedback on local businesses displayed in the search results, and then tag appropriate keywords associated with the business. Here is what it looks like in the local knowledge panel for a business.

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  • Bing Adds Judy’s Book Reviews & Zomato to Local Business Search Results

    Bing Adds Judy’s Book Reviews & Zomato to Local Business Search Results August 1, 2016 at 4:21 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you have dismissed Judy’s Book as a viable source of reviews for local businesses, you might want to rethink that position. Bing has given Judy’s Book a prominent position in their local knowledge panels in the Bing search results.

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  • HTTPS Ranking Boost Does Not Vary Depending on the Site’s Industry

    HTTPS Ranking Boost Does Not Vary Depending on the Site’s Industry August 2, 2016 at 6:21 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Someone raised an interesting question in last week’s Webmaster Office Hours… whether Google varies the amount of the HTTPS based on the industry the site is in. For example, would banking or ecommerce sites get a larger boost for being HTTPS th ...

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  • Use Caution When Switching Between www & Non-www Preferred Domains

    Use Caution When Switching Between www & Non-www Preferred Domains August 10, 2016 at 4:01 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Usually when a site owner launches a website they pick and choose whether they want Google to index the www or the non-www version of the domain name, tell Google their preferred domain and then submit a sitemap or use fetch and submit for that variation.

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  • HTML5 is Not a Google Ranking Signal

    HTML5 is Not a Google Ranking Signal August 10, 2016 at 4:45 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment In last week’s Google Webmaster hangout, the question was brought up about HTML5, the current version of HTML code standard and whether it benefits SEO in any way. Does HTML5 tags have a positive effect in SEO? John Mueller answered the question: No.

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  • Google’s Pilot for Real Time Indexing of Breaking News Now Available

    Google’s Pilot for Real Time Indexing of Breaking News Now Available August 31, 2016 at 5:15 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Want to push breaking news live directly to Google’s search results? Google is now accepting publishers for their pilot of the Search Live Coverage Carousel feature, which allows publishers to push breaking news to the search results in real time.

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  • Why Google Ignores HTML Lang Attribute for Indexing in Search Results

    Why Google Ignores HTML Lang Attribute for Indexing in Search Results August 10, 2016 at 4:27 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Usually when we talk about international SEO and languages, hreflang is the hot buzzword. But what about the older tag that was previously used? If you have been adding it to your pages, you can save that tiny bit of code… Google ignores that tag.

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