Google continues to have fun with its home page logo in the lead up to a search-related event/announcement that’s planned for Wednesday morning. The new logo is grayed out when you first visit google.com. But it begins to change to the traditional, multi-colored logo as you type a search query. A cursor appears up in the word “Google,” and the colors return to gray if you backspace as you type. It’s very much like the search results as you type feature that was first spotted a couple weeks ago, and seems to be another preview of what’s to come on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Google’s home page featured a logo made up of balls/circles that the company described as “fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be.” Postscript: You can read our live blogging or learn how to watch the Google search event live at 9:30 PST by going here. About The Author Matt McGee is the Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land and Marketing … [Read more...] about Google Logo Changes As You Type
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Today is my 20th anniversary of covering search and search engines. To mark the occasion, I wanted to reflect on some of the big changes that I’ve seen over the past two decades of covering the space. 1. The search revolution Chances are, the first resource you turn to if you have a question about something is a search engine, whether it be Google, Siri, Bing, Yelp, others or a combination of services. This simple act, that you likely don’t think twice about, was a highly revolutionary change to how people sought information. Before popular consumer-focused search engines emerged just over 20 years ago, people got answers the same way they had for hundreds and thousands of years: largely by asking other people. If you needed an answer, you turned to people like a teacher, a professional, a best friend or a librarian. Sure, there were also tools to use: libraries, library catalogs, yellow pages and professional databases like LexisNexis. But for most people, getting an … [Read more...] about 10 big changes with search engines over my 20 years of covering them
A number of attorneys who specialize in online defamation/libel cases have reported to me that Google has recently suspended its longstanding, informal policy of removing URLs from US search results that are specified in duly executed court orders. This poses a major paradigm shift for many victims of online reputation attacks. Beginning around August or September of this year, a number of attorneys from across the US began receiving blanket denials after submitting requests to remove defamatory content from Google’s search results. Since at least 2009, Google has had an informal policy of accepting many removal requests when accompanied by a properly executed court order specifying defamatory/libelous content at specific URLs. I’ve personally seen a number of cases where hundreds and even thousands of URLs have been submitted with court orders, and Google has removed those URLs from search results. But they’ve now stopped. Not for every single request, but for a … [Read more...] about Has Google suspended defamation removals?
Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. A year in review: Search Engine Land’s top 10 columns of 2016Dec 30, 2016 by Jessica Thompson Which topics drew the most attention within the search industry this year? From infographics to quizzes to advice, our top 10 columns of the year covered all the bases. 4 steps to make your organic listings more effectiveDec 30, 2016 by Jason Decker How can you improve your organic search results? Columnist Jason Decker outlines four basic steps to make your listings more compelling to searchers and prospects. Google’s New Year’s eve day logo for 2016Dec 30, 2016 by Barry Schwartz Here is the New Year’s eve Doodle from Google all decked out in jumpy balloons. Paradigm shift: Has Google suspended defamation removals?Dec 30, 2016 by Chris Silver Smith Columnist Chris Silver Smith takes a look at what could be a recent policy shift in Google’s … [Read more...] about Happy New Year’s, Santa tracker & Google’s new recipe results
With the news that Google will be rolling out its accelerated mobile pages (AMP) to all organic listings beyond the ‘Top Stories’ you’ll be forgiven for getting a little bit anxious. Don’t worry. There are five solid reasons why you don’t need to panic… You’ve got till the end of the year Google AMP isn’t technically a ranking signal It’s *fairly* easy to implement The cynical among you will probably be proved correct that Google will just jettison the whole thing after a year anyway (see: authorship) There are probably more important things to worry about Right now though we’re going to concentrate on those top three points, because ultimately enabling AMP means providing a faster, more user friendly experience for mobile search visitors and it is, as I said, *fairly* easy to implement. So you may as well give it a go. Yes you should be providing the fastest, most user friendly mobile experience within your non-AMPed web … [Read more...] about How to implement Google AMP on your WordPress site as easily as possible