For the past few days, some searchers were only able to load a portion of the search results pages. Google said they were working on fixing the issue and as of late last night, Google said they fixed the issue. I do not see any new complaints since last night, so it can be fully fixed.Here is Google telling us it was fixed:Google has said they fixed issues before and did not fully fix it but like I said above, the Google search forums are not showing new complaints about this issue - so I do think this was fully resolved. Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Google Fixed Broken & Half Rendered Search Results Pages
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Google will announce today (Update: official announcement) the launch of SearchWiki, a major addition to its user interface that allows users to edit search results. When using SearchWiki, you can re-order, remove, or add web pages to the search results for any query. You can also add notes to specific listings. You have to be logged in to a Google account so that the changes you make will be saved and shown the next time you run the same search. “This is a way for search to adapt to a more interactive experience,” says Google Product Manager Cedric Dupont. “We ran a bunch of experiments, and the response was overwhelmingly positive from our users. They asked for this feature.” How SearchWiki Works Two light-colored icons next to each listing let you reorder the search results. An up arrow lets you move a result higher on the page; an X will remove the result. After you’ve moved a result higher, a down arrow shows up so you can move it back down the page. … [Read more...] about Google SearchWiki Launches, Lets You Build Your Own Search Results Page
That’s what it looks like if you do a search for “super bowl” on Bing. (You can click the image to see a bigger version if it helps. I’ll be commenting on the numbered items above throughout the article below.) I know, as a longtime SEO consultant, that I’m supposed to hate all of the content on the page and how far down the “10 blue links” have been pushed and how much traffic sports-related websites are probably losing because there’s so much content and so little need to click to another page … but I think this is the single greatest page of search results I’ve ever seen on Bing. Here’s why: Left-Side Content The top of the main search results content block starts with basic game info (#1 on the image above) that, by now, we’d all expect on any search engine. Indeed, Google and Yahoo have very similar boxes. Bing’s answer box goes way beyond Google and Yahoo, though. It’s got a game prediction from … [Read more...] about Search “Super Bowl” & See The Best Search Results Page Bing Has Ever Had
A few columns ago I talked about user behavior on the results page and compared it to a shopping mall. In recent eye tracking studies, we’ve seen that several factors can create barriers or “walls” in this mall that can keep traffic from ever finding your listing. Traffic flows First of all, a quick recap of traffic flow in the search “mall.” Visitors enter in the upper left, scan down four or five listings, and consider them as a group. Then, depending on the information scent found in the listing group, they either click on a listing, continue scanning elsewhere on the page, or relaunch their search. The important thing to remember is that humans naturally want a few options to consider, so they will make a judgment on the overall relevance of the results set based on the scent found in this initial group. If they see 3 or 4 listings that appear relevant, the overall quality of the results set will be reinforced. If there’s only one or no returns … [Read more...] about Scanning Barriers On The Search Results Page
Recently, we took a nostalgic, infographic-based look back at the history of Google search results pages. In the past 20 years, Google has gone from a university project called Backrub to a global powerhouse that continues to shape how we search for, and discover, new information. And yet, these are still early days for Google. In fact, the rate of change is only increasing, with driverless cars and augmented reality on the horizon. Some of Google’s core business focuses, like hyperlocal targeting and personalization, remain largely untapped opportunities and, with heightening competition from Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, the pace of progress will continue to accelerate. In 2017 alone, for example, we are about to see an ad-blocker built into Chrome, a mobile-first index, and the increased uptake of voice search. Google defines itself as “machine-learning first” in its approach, so we are entering an era of unprecedented – and mildly unpredictable – … [Read more...] about What will the future of Google search results pages look like?