The Wall Street Journal is out with a story saying that Google is about to make one of the biggest changes in its history of offering web search, providing more direct answers and gaining “semantic” smarts to understand more about what words mean. I’m scratching my head, since Google already does this. Methinks Google’s PR has exploded in ways it didn’t expect. Beyond Blue Links! From the story, we learn things such as: Over the next few months, Google’s search engine will begin spitting out more than a list of blue Web links. It will also present more facts and direct answers to queries at the top of the search-results page. and: The company is aiming to provide more relevant results by incorporating technology called “semantic search,” which refers to the process of understanding the actual meaning of words. and: Amit Singhal, a top Google search executive, said in a recent interview that the search engine will better match search … [Read more...] about WSJ Says Big Google Search Changes Coming? Reality Check Time!
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I think that I can confidently say that anyone reading this post has an intimate relationship with Google. After all, it’s one of the most important companies in the world and has helped to spearhead the Internet revolution — which is up there with invention of the wheel, the discovery of electricity, and the creation of all-you-can-eat buffets. One of the biggest indicators of its dominance is that — like Kleenex, Band-Aids, and Scotch Tape — the Google brand name is used interchangeably with its category. Don’t believe me? Just Google it. Google Search recently released a timeline of its history. Some of these milestones are features that many people use every day, and you might have assumed that these features have always been around. However, for those of us that were learning to crawl, walk, and run the Web along with Google, these enhancements were groundbreaking functionality that truly made using the Internet much more powerful than ever before. … [Read more...] about The Top 7 Milestones Of Google Search
In this article, you’ll learn how Google is surfacing deep app content and how SEOs can prepare iOS and Android deep app screens for Google’s index. Google is making significant moves to close the gap between app and Web content to make mobile interaction more seamless, and that theme will reappear throughout the analysis. This is the second installment in a three-part series about app indexing strategies and deep linking opportunities. The first article focused on Apple’s new Search API for iOS 9, which encourages and incentivizes an app-centric mobile experience. Today’s column, co-authored with Cindy Krum, will focus on how Google indexes deep app screens and what marketers can do to promote their app content in Google search. Google’s app indexing strategies differ significantly from Apple’s, and it’s important for marketers to understand the distinctions. The third article in this series will focus on future app indexing challenges we will … [Read more...] about Google Search + Deep Linking
In late November 2015, Google removed the location search filter from the (shrinking) list of search tools available to refine queries. As search results have become increasingly localized, this significantly limits consumers’ ability to see results for any other location than their own. Whether you’re a search pro who needs to see clients’ search results as returned within different localities or a normal consumer who wants to see results localized to your next travel destination, the removal of this search tool significantly limits the ability to see the SERP world beyond your own city or country. Today’s post will provide ways to show localized search results despite Google’s removal of the search tool. What Does Google Say? As Google told Search Engine Land, the company maintains that the location search filter “was getting very little usage,” so they removed it. Could it be they removed the search tool but retained the ability via an … [Read more...] about How To Localize Google Search Results
Google recently made some under-the-radar changes to sitelinks in the organic search results. The first change removed small sitelinks from below regular organic blue links that render for high search volume queries (Google has since fixed this glitch). The second change adjusted the number of large sitelinks being displayed for branded searches (this is most likely a test). Even though it does not look like either of these changes will have a significant impact on traffic, they have caused dramatic fluctuations in impressions and average position in Google Search Console (GSC). If you experienced that moment of panic when you did your last GSC check-in, take a look at this article to better understand: what happened with sitelinks in the search results. what effects the changes had on GSC data. how to check your site for declines. what the changes mean for SEO. What happened to sitelinks? Google made two changes that reduced the number of sitelinks being shown on search engine … [Read more...] about Recent changes to organic sitelinks cause major drops in impressions in Google Search Console