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Google Drops Regular Organic Result For Pages Shown as Featured Snippet May 15, 2017 at 4:35 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you are a site with a featured snippet for a search query, you used to get a bit of a bonus – you were shown both as the featured snippet, and then your result was shown a second time as a regular organic listing too.
A year after the last Quality Rater’s Guidelines were released by Google, we have a brand new version. And it has some pretty interesting changes – Google is explicitly declaring fake news sites as low quality. And among the other sites being targeted? Those that use clickbait and those with dubious science claims. Hate sites are now specifically included as well.
Google Mobile First Index: Page Speed Included as a Ranking Factor March 23, 2017 at 8:13 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment During yesterday’s Mobile First session at SMX, Gary Illyes from Google discussed page speed and how it would be incorporated into mobile first. Google has now said that they will be including mobile page speed in the upcoming mobile first index ...
Google has officially announced that mobile page speed will be a ranking factor. The new “mobile speed update” will launch in July 2018, giving site owners roughly six months to ensure their mobile sites will not be negatively impacted. It had been confirmed that mobile page speed would be included as a ranking factor, but this is the first time we have the confirmation of w ...
Bing Adds Appointment Booking to Local Panel in Search Results January 17, 2018 at 2:41 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Bing has added a new feature to their local knowledge panel that allows searchers to book appointments directly through Bing rather than contacting the business independently.
Google Adds “Best Answer” to the Search Results for Q&A Page Results January 15, 2018 at 5:17 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has added a new feature to the search results, marking a best answer in the search results when displaying a result from a Q&A type of webpage with possible answers.
How to Check Your Google Search Console Account for Beta Access January 12, 2018 at 5:12 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you have a long list of properties in Google Search Console and are anxiously awaiting beta access, and are worried your beta access invitation went astray, there is an easy way to double check and see if you actually do have access to the beta or not.
New Google Featured Snippet Style Includes Thumbnails to Additional Searches January 11, 2018 at 5:35 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google is serving a new style of featured snippet. And while they are pulling the data from the page of the featured snippet, they are using that data to create thumbnails for searchers to click to new Google searches, rather than le ...
Google Promotes eSports with Google Search Features & Carousels January 11, 2018 at 4:09 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google is now showing teams and match scores as special search features in the search results for some esports teams. First, they have a new carousel for esports, although it is incorrectly labeled as simply “Sports Teams” rather than the mo ...
Google Shows Real World Speed Data in PageSpeed Insights Tool January 10, 2018 at 8:20 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has released a new version of their PageSpeed tool, which now shows “real world” user speed experience, rather than strictly what Googlebot is seeing when you run the pagespeed tool.
Google Updates AMP Testing Tool for Multiple AMP Styles & Submit AMP Page January 9, 2018 at 7:17 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has updated their AMP testing tool with a ton of new features. The main update now shows examples of how AMP results appear in the Google mobile search results.
Google Search Console Adds 16 Months of Data January 8, 2018 at 10:22 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Webmasters have been asking for more data in Google Search Console beyond the 90 days it has offered. And webmasters are finally getting it – and more than the 12 months many assumed would be added.
Google has released quality rater guidelines specifically for voice search, the first time they have published guidelines specifically around the evolving world of voice search and assistant responses for search queries. For those wondering how this fits into the regular quality rater guidelines, this seems to be a stand-alone document on its own, as it has its own version number.
Google Sending Manual Actions for Event Markup Spam in Search Results November 28, 2017 at 6:10 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google is finally taking action against those site owners that are abusing event markup in the search results. Those caught will have their markup removed from the search results and receive a manual action.
Google: Why Featured Snippets Rankings are Volatile November 14, 2017 at 5:42 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you are an SEO, chances are pretty good you have managed to score a featured snippet in the Google search results. But, you probably noticed that the rankings are pretty volatile around featured snippets, and see two sites repeatedly flip-flop in and out ...
Google Home Services Ads Now Local Services Ads; Expanded Categories November 13, 2017 at 5:44 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google is changing the name of Google Home Services Ads to Google Home Local Services Ads. At Pubcon, Nathan Johns from Google talked a bit about Home Services Ads and revealed that they were changing their name.
Google Adding More Structured Data Search Features to Search Results November 10, 2017 at 4:35 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment At Pubcon yesterday, Gary Illyes confirmed that Google is planning to implement more search features to the search results that are pulled from structured data found on webpages.
Adding Structured Data Helps Google Understand & Rank Webpages Better November 10, 2017 at 4:21 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment At Pubcon yesterday, Gary Illyes from Google focused quite a bit of time on structured data, stressing the importance of its use by site owners. And while schema is popular for some types of websites, many sites are not implementing an ...
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