Earlier this month, Bing announced a new feature within image search to do visual searches based on selecting portions of an image that comes up in your image search results. So if you see a table and on the table is a pitcher you like, you can zoom into the pitcher on that image of a table and get image search results just for the pitcher.I tested it myself and it seemed to work okay. I searched for [kitchen table] and up came results, I selected one image:Then I selected the "search within this image" button and Bing gave me a cropper tool to adjust what part of the image I wanted to search on. I selected that yellow pitcher:Bing responded with similar related images and then search phrases including pitcher, tea, teapot, food, flower, and mug. Not bad at all.A WebmasterWorld thread has a mix of feedback, one user said "it is not bad at all" while another said "it doesn't work very well." I guess it depends on the query and the images you select?Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld. … [Read more...] about Bing Visual Search
David Iwanow shared with me on Twitter a new feature from Bing that shows a new search result snippet box named "popular content." It looks like an expanded and more visual version of sitelinks in the search results. The weird part, this is in addition to the search snippet having site links.Here are some examples from @davidiwanow and @glenngabe:I am able to replicate both of these examples. Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Bing Search Results Snippets Adds “Popular Content” Box
Aaron Bradley, the markup king, posted on Google+ that Bing updated their structured data documentation to now support ClaimReview. ClaimReview "annotations should be used to convey that the page contains fact check information. This may be used to display enhanced captions on Bing that help convey this information to users."Google launched something similar, or exactly the same, in October 2016 when all the fake news and facts issues were surrounding the election process. Bing was a bit delayed but now they have it.Aaron said "while there's been no official announcement yet from Bing, this strongly suggests that, like Google, Bing will start to annotate search results with fact check information." Indeed.Forum discussion at Google+. … [Read more...] about Bing Supports ClaimReview For Fact Checking Markup
Bing quietly announced on Twitter that if you search for [on this day] in Bing you may just get an historical knowledge box showing you important and historical events that happened on this day in the past.For example, today Bing shows these four events:Esperanto introduced FBI's origins Disney's 'Alice' premieres' The Hustle' hits #1There is a calendar selector at the top to change the date and you can share this knowledge and search result on Facebook or Twitter.Pretty cool search feature Bing, Google does not yet have it.Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Bing Offers Historical Knowledge Box: Search “On This Day”
Ryan Hayes posted on Twitter that Microsoft Bing will be crawling the web for PWAs and will then decide to "auto-ingests quality" PWAs into the Windows store. He posted this based on what Microsoft said at the Microsoft Edge Web Summit.Here is the tweet:This may be a big thing for both Microsoft and Bing. Emily Grossman said "Boom!" with excitement. Because right now PWAs are growing fast but still early on in their adoption by core developers. If Google did something similar, which they might, who knows, it would be even bigger. Google is strongly behind PWAs, Progressive Web Apps, and it will be interesting to see how they deal with it in search and their native app stores.Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Bing To Crawl Web For PWAs For Inclusion In Windows App Store?
Bing now lets you save your searches for later, specifically searches done for images, videos or shopping results. This way when you want to check back later on the saved videos or shopping results, you can easily pick up where you left off on your mobile or desktop device.Bing said the new "My Saves search capability offered on Bing, you can easily stash video, images and shopping searches you find while using Bing, and view them later on your PC or mobile device, as long as you’re signed in."Here is a video of it in action:Google also lets you save image results for some time now.Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld. … [Read more...] about Bing Lets You Save Shopping, Images Or Video Search Results For Later
Bing UK now lets you search for nearby hospitals or GPs, general practitioners, and it will provide data from NHS Choices. The NHS have collaborated with Bing to provide users with a comprehensive GP and hospital search experience within Bing UK. All you need to do is search for GP near a specific location and Bing will show you this box in the search results:This will show you reviews and you can click in and see more details about each listing.This only works in the UK with this specific database.Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Bing UK Adds Hospital & GP Search Feature With NHS
Bing offered their form of direct answers years ago but now I noticed those boxes allow you to actually edit them. Also the answers seem to be coming up more often as a WebmasterWorld thread seems to imply.Here is one result that has this direct answer, there are many...If you click on "improve this answer" you are taken to a screen where you can edit the result in more detail. It walks you through the process of updating the answer."After you're done editing, click save and become a member of the Bing Distill community," it says. Here is the title advice given to you:Your title is essential to creating a high-quality answer. Make sure to change the draft title that you see here. Use the phrases below it to help you find the best words.Make sure your title:Is in the form of a question or starts with "How to..." Uses proper capitalization (capitalize the first word and proper nouns only) Is conciseHere is the answer block advice:Write a great answerThe ideal answer is … [Read more...] about Bing Featured Snippets Direct Answers You Can Edit With Bing Distill
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. Search Engine Roundtable Stories: Google: We Can't Release Featured Snippets Analytics Due To Internal Politics Last month I reported that it looks like Google won't release a feature in Google Search Console's Search Analytics tool for featured snippet reporting. Well, it looks like I was right... Google: No New Machine Learning Algorithms Coming To Search Soon Sorry for covering so many things Gary Illyes of Google said at SMX Advanced... Google: We Will Communicate About Major Search Algorithm Updates One of the SEO industry's gripes with Google is that they rarely confirm search algorithmic updates. We cover most Google updates here and very few of them actually get confirmed... Google: Buying Links Is Like … [Read more...] about Daily Search Forum Recap: June 15, 2017
Most image search engines, including Google, are very slow to pick up on new images but removing images that go 404, page not found? I've seen plenty of cases of Google showing images in their image search index that were removed. Same with Bing, their search engine seems to be pretty slow with their image search index.DC DowDell, aka keyplyr, a moderator in the WebmasterWorld thread said he has been trying for about two weeks to remove images from the Bing index and it still remains. He said Google and Yandex, the Russian search engine, "quickly removed the pages & photos" but Bing 10+ days later still has those images showing up.He wrote:I submitted the changes to the big 3 SEs. Google & Yandex quickly removed the pages & photos. Bing took about a 10 days to remove the pages from its search index but has yet to take down the approx 30 photos from image search (over 2 weeks.) I have sent several requests via Bing Webmaster Tools and last week sent a C&D. No reply... … [Read more...] about Bing Image Search Too Slow To Drop Removed Images?