Google’s Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories As the analysis continues on yesterday’s Google local search algorithm changes — that we’re calling the Pigeon update — one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google’s search results. More specifically, it looks like Google has fixed its “Yelp problem” and is now showing Yelp pages at the […] Pigeon: Search Engine Land’s Name For The New Google Local Search Update Last night, Google released a pretty significant local search algorithm update. Google told us there was no internal name for the update but now that we see that this update was fairly significant, so we decided to give it a name: Pigeon. Pigeon is the name we decided on because this is a local search […] Google Quick Answers Adds Images Google’s quick answer results have recently added images to some of the answers. Alex Chitu spotted … [Read more...] about Google Local Pigeon Update & AdWords Dynamic Sitelinks
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In early February, I published a case study detailing the impact of song lyrics being presented directly in the Google search engine results pages (SERPs). It’s just another example of the search engines providing direct answers to questions. As you can guess, lyrics hitting the SERPs is potentially a game-changer for the song lyrics niche, which has faced a number of tough Google obstacles in 2014. Those obstacles included the infamous April 2014 algorithm update that pummeled a number of prominent lyrics sites, as well as Google Panda, which continually caused problems throughout the year (and still keeps lyrics website owners up at night). Although the 2014 algorithmic obstacles were tough to deal with, there was another big shift about to happen. This time, it would be Google’s Knowledge Graph and Bing’s Satori presenting new challenges, as both search engines started providing lyrics directly in the SERPs in the fall of 2014. It’s one thing to deal with … [Read more...] about Analyzing Google & Bing Traffic To 5 Large-Scale Lyrics Websites [Case Study]
Google’s lead generation product known as Google Compare, will start sunsetting this week. In an email sent to partners and acquired by Search Engine Land, the Google Compare Team told Compare partners on Monday night that the product will start to wind down on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Google Compare will shut down completely in both the US and UK — the two markets where Compare is offered — one month later on March 23. The email to Compare partners: From: Google Compare TeamSubject: An Update on Google Compare Dear Partner, Beginning on February 23, 2016, we will start ramping down the Google Compare product, which is currently live in both the US and UK. We plan to terminate the service as of March 23, 2016. As you know, Google Compare (formerly Google Advisor in the U.S.) has been a specialized, standalone service that enables consumers to get quotes from a number of providers for financial products such as car and travel insurance, credit cards and mortgages. … [Read more...] about Google To Shut Down Google Compare Products In US And UK On March 23
Can you imagine there being a change at Google that pre-dates Panda, (and subsequent incarnations) the +1 button, the attribution algo updates and few if any in the SEO world had noticed? I mean, it makes one helluva trivia question don’t it? Not as much fun as; What does Archie comics have to do with the early history of search. But it’s fascinating none-the-less. Hey gang… long time no chat! Dave here… long lost SEJ writer and all around search geek. Can we talk or what? February 17th 2011; the day it all changed First off, those of you familiar with my ranting and ramblings on this topic, are excused. It’s unlikely we’ll be covering much new for my faithful SOSGs (no that’s not talking dirty, it’s; Seriously Obsessed Search Geek m’kay?). It simply needs to be repeated for a larger audience. Those still wondering what this mad rambling Gypsy is on about, walk with me… Over the years we’ve seen many changes to Google … [Read more...] about Google Social Search; the Lost Update
Google recently announced its plans to retire Google Checkout, an online payment processing service, and transition towards a more streamlined product known as Google Wallet. While the complete shutdown of Checkout will occur on the 20th of November, the news has already created some waves in the business market. Some are considering it a loss on Google’s account in the battle against PayPal for online payment processing, while others deem it a clever move. Before we jump to conclusions, it is important to understand what caused the demise of Checkout and how will it affect the market. Why did Google Checkout fail? When Google launched Checkout in 2006, it adopted a similar policy as with previous products: the people will either adopt it or they will not. As a result, Google never actively ‘sold’ the product to consumers, nor did it make any efforts to highlight the salient features of Checkout to them. Around the same time, similar services like PayPal were arriving … [Read more...] about What Does Google Checkout Dying Mean For Merchants?