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Google Drops Regular Organic Result For Pages Shown as Featured Snippet May 15, 2017 at 4:35 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you are a site with a featured snippet for a search query, you used to get a bit of a bonus – you were shown both as the featured snippet, and then your result was shown a second time as a regular organic listing too.
A year after the last Quality Rater’s Guidelines were released by Google, we have a brand new version. And it has some pretty interesting changes – Google is explicitly declaring fake news sites as low quality. And among the other sites being targeted? Those that use clickbait and those with dubious science claims. Hate sites are now specifically included as well.
Google Mobile First Index: Page Speed Included as a Ranking Factor March 23, 2017 at 8:13 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment During yesterday’s Mobile First session at SMX, Gary Illyes from Google discussed page speed and how it would be incorporated into mobile first. Google has now said that they will be including mobile page speed in the upcoming mobile first index ...
Bing Adds Trending Carousel Search Feature for Some Websites February 20, 2018 at 4:29 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Bing has added a new search feature for some of the more popular sites in the Bing search results. They have added a new carousel for “Trending on ”. This seems to be a search feature that appears after the sitelinks, or in some cases, after the s ...
Canonicals: Sitemap Canonicals Weaker Signal Than Rel=Canonical February 19, 2018 at 5:58 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Using rel=canonicals on webpages has been the default standard for referencing canonicals. But for larger sites, some have been utilizing sitemaps for showing Google their canonicals.
Over 60% of Google Search AMP Clicks Go To Non-News Sites February 13, 2018 at 5:18 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has released some new stats about AMP pages and one of the new stats should really make site owners and publishers take notice. While AMP originally launched as primarily a tool for news sites, the expansion of that to non-news sites has grown tremendously.
Bing Testing Stacked Sitelinks in Search Results February 12, 2018 at 6:50 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Bing is running an interesting test for sites with sitelinks. Instead of the usual two columns of sitelinks and descriptions, Bing is testing a stacked version that runs across the entire width.
Google Chrome to Flag Sites as Not Secure in July 2018 February 8, 2018 at 10:31 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has been warning site owners that Google Chrome will begin flagging sites as being “not secure” in a future version of Chrome. And now we know when it will officially begin.
Google Changes Image Size Requirements for AMP articles February 8, 2018 at 5:15 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has updated their AMP help articles that changes the minimum image size requirements for AMP articles, increasing the size of the image significantly. Originally, Google asked for the image size to be a minimum of 696px wide.
Google has added a new alert to Google Search Console, this time for favicons for sites that are still utilizing the older and smaller favicons for their site. Paul Macnamara shared the screenshot ...
Google Crawls Images Less Frequently Than Web Pages February 7, 2018 at 8:46 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you are looking to get your images ranked in Google, John Mueller recently made a comment regarding indexing images that SEOs should take note of, that could impact sites relying on traffic from image search.
Bing Adds Coupon Carousels to Search Results for Retailers February 6, 2018 at 5:53 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Bing has added coupons very prominently to their search results, highlighting numerous of the better known coupon sites for various retailer searches. It shows up for both “retailer name” + “coupons” as well as just for the retailer name alone. Here is an example.
Google’s Page Speed Algo Independent of Indexing February 1, 2018 at 7:23 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Does Google’s page speed algo, or how slowly a page loads, have any impact in indexing or are there no connections between the two? With the new page speed algo coming soon, there is definitely some confusion around it and if it changes anything with indexing.
Google’s Use of Readability, Reading Level & Vocabulary Metrics in Search Algorithms January 31, 2018 at 5:44 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment We do know that Google is able to determine content that is high quality – or low quality – as well as being able to determine when content is nonsensical, such as the cases with spam content.
Google Adds Tips to Definition Boxes in Search Results January 29, 2018 at 6:13 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment If you search for a word that is spelled similarly to another word that a searcher might confuse it for, Google is now giving searchers a heads up that they might be looking at the wrong word with a new “Tips” feature in the definition box.
For nearly 7 years (of my 19 year SEO career) I did “forensic SEO”. From dealing with penalties, hacked sites to general traffic loss, sorting out why things are going wrong was my life. Over that time I’ve seen a lot of nasty hacks and negative SEO attacks. Recently, I was inadvertently dragged back in with a new client we took on.
Google Adds New “Best” Product Carousel to the Search Results January 23, 2018 at 8:09 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has added a new feature to the search results to highlight the “best” products when someone does a search for that particular product. The carousel is similar to the type of carousel we see on mobile search results.
Google Adds Research Search Feature to the Search Results January 23, 2018 at 7:01 am PST By Jennifer Slegg Leave a Comment Google has added a new section to the search results to help searchers research a product they are looking for. This new section is similar to the top stories style search feature, but instead uses it to highlight articles relevant to someone researchi ...
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