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Google News “How These Stories Are Ranked” Header

Google News seems to be testing placing a header above news sources in the Google News follow interface, that says “how these stories are ranked.” I personally cannot replicate it,…

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Daily Search Forum Recap: June 4, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Google fixed the…

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New Google Popular Products Search Refinements

Google seems to be adding a people also ask like search refinement/expander for the popular products on Google Search. Below the popular products section there is this section that shows…

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Google Fixed The Search Console Links Report

The Google Search Console link report now seems to be fixed. As we reported last week, we saw a decline in links being reported by the tool, followed by a…

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Daily Search Forum Recap: June 3, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. There was a…

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June 2024 Google Webmaster Report

What an absolutely wild month in Google Land – between the Google Search API leak, the intense ranking volatility in May, and AI Overviews launching and all the hoopla around…

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SEOing Into Google’s AI Overviews

A bunch of SEOs are now experimenting with how they can show up in the Google AI Overviews, not just remove themselves from AI Overviews. Cyrus Shepard posted a “mini…

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Google App To Rename Discover To Home & Browse?

Google seems to be testing renaming Google Discover to maybe Google Home or maybe Google Browse. I mean, it is not shocking Google would renamed Discover to something else. Discover…

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Google Shopping Ideas Search Carousel

Google is now showing a newish “shopping ideas” carousel within its search results. It can show up for a variety of queries and gives you a less promotional version of…

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Google Knowledge Panels “See Also”

Google has added a “see also” section to some knowledge panels over the past few weeks. I think it is similar to the “people also search for” and related features…

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Google Tests People Also Ask Open By Default

Google is testing showing the first people also ask link, as opened by default. So you don’t need to click on it to reveal the snippet within the first people…

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Google Confirms Search Leak But Urges Caution

After over 32 hours of silence after the Google Search ranking data leak, Google has finally confirmed the leak, but urged caution around making assumptions on how Google Search ranking…

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Google People Also Ask Tests Shaded Boxed Interface

Google is testing shading and boxing in the people also ask details within the mobile Google Search results. So instead of just a plain snippet interface, Google is testing adding…

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Google Early Adopter Badge For Using Search Notes

Google is incentivizing searchers to leave notes on Google Search and Google Discover results by offering them an “early adopter badge.” Google is showing this message in the Google Discover…

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Google Business Profile Call History & Chat Going Away

Google will be removing the call history reports and the Chat feature within Google Business Profiles on July 31, 2024. Google said, “We acknowledge this may be difficult news,” but…

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Two Conflicting Google AI Overview CTR Studies

In the past couple of weeks, we had two blog posts published on the topic of the click through rates from the new Google AI Overviews to publishers compared to…

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Daily Search Forum Recap: May 28, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. A Google data…

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Memorial Day Google Search Ranking Volatility

While I highly doubt Google pushed an algorithmic change over Memorial Day, there was a significant spike in chatter in the SEO community and the third-party Google Search tracking tools…

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Google Tests Thin Top Deals Search Bar

Last November or so, Google started to roll out the “shop deals” search bar on both desktop and mobile, this was from the shop deals banner in the middle of…

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Report: 14,000+ Google Search Ranking Features Leaked

Rand Fishkin along with Mike King may have published one of the biggest data leaks outside of the Department of Justice data reveal around Google Search and its internal ranking…

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Google Grayed Out Its Logo On Memorial Day Again

Google has grayed out, muted, its logo, for Memorial Day, again this year. It also applied an American flag under the search box with the message, “Honoring those who sacrificed.”…

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Directory Of Embarrassing Google AI Overviews

Every day now, I see several screenshots on X of embarrassing and sometimes harmful AI Overviews within the Google Search results interface. I mean, we covered the one that recommends…

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New Google Search Profiles With Reviews & Notes

Google is rolling out new profile pages that shows you the reviews and notes you left across Google Search. And starting on June 24 your reviews and notes may be…

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Daily Search Forum Recap: May 23, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Microsoft Bing was…

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Google Robots.txt Parser Updated In GitHub

Google has updated its open source robots.txt parser code on GitHub the other day. Gary Illyes from Google pushed the update yesterday morning to the repository there.

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Google Ads Referral / Affiliate Program

Did you know Google Ads has a referral or affiliate program. Where you can refer Google Ads a new advertiser and you will earn $250 in ad credits in Google…

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Google Search: Sources Across The Web Without Images

The from sources across the web Google Search feature is testing showing results without image thumbnails. Google has reportedly been testing the imageless version since January of this year.

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Google Search Ranking Volatility Spike Around May 22

After a few days of calm Google weather, we are now seeing a spike in volatility, fluctuations and SEO chatter around Google search ranking movement. It is somewhat early on…

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Bing Search Testing Tag Filters

Microsoft is testing a way to filter your Bing Search results based on tags. The tag filter is showing up for some searchers via a tab that you can click…

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Daily Search Forum Recap: May 21, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Google’s CEO, Sunda…

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Google Adds Visuals To About Source Knowledge Panels

December 2022, Google began showing “About this” site under some search result snippets, when the intent of the query was to learn more about that brand. It was a pretty…

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Daily Search Forum Recap: May 20, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Google said it…

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Comments To Notes In Google Search?

Google may be bringing comments to the Notes on Google Search (and Discover) feature. Notes on Search came last November as a labs feature in Google Search and Google Discover….

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Google Says Notes On Search Now Ends Soon

Google has updated the Google Search Labs to say that Notes on Search now “ends soon.” As a reminder, last November Google rolled out as a labs the Notes feature…

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Daily Search Forum Recap: May 17, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Google Ads now…

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Remove Your Content From Google’s AI Overviews

When Google announced it is rolling out AI Overviews in the US search results and last year when Google launched SGE in labs, SEOs and content creators wanted to know…

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Google Ads AI Summaries Live For Some Advertisers

Google Ads continues to roll out AI features within the advertiser console. Now some advertisers are seeing AI summaries of how their ad performance is doing. These AI summaries give…

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Two New Googlebots: GoogleOther-Image & GoogleOther-Video

Google has added two new Googlebots, Google crawlers, to its crawler list. They include GoogleOther-Image and GoogleOther-Video, which are part of the GoogleOther category of bots and are used for…

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Daily Search Forum Recap: May 15, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Google AI Overviews…

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Google AI Overviews Launch In US Search Results

Google, as expected, has officially launched AI Overviews in the US and will expand the launch to other countries by the end of this year. AI Overviews were in Search…