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Users Search For Specific Brands, Have To Scroll Past Competing Services From Google

Users Search For Specific Brands, Have To Scroll Past Competing Services From Google

By Chris Crum March 13, 2014

Website owners often complain that Google is pushing organic results down the search results pages by putting its own services at the top. Google’s response is something like, “You’re the corkscrew, and we’re the Swiss Army Knife.” One of our …

You Can Now Vote For American Idol From Google You Can Now Vote For American Idol From Google

Google announced on Wednesday that American Idol fans can now vote for their favorite performers directly from its search results. The company announced a partnership with Fox, which makes Google an official voting platform for the show. Users can search …

Google Is Bad At Sending Users To Netflix Google Is Bad At Sending Users To Netflix

Update: Since this was first published, Google is now showing Netflix at the top of the organic results for the House of Cards example. It has also been brought to my attention that nobody is really using the “watch house …

Google Shows New Menu Results For Restaurants Google Shows New Menu Results For Restaurants

Google is showing some users new card-style menu results for restaurants. Allie Brown tweeted a screenshot (via Search Engine Land): Woah, when did Google start pulling menu items into the Knowledge Graph? https://t.co/9SMqJ0QcL2 pic.twitter.com/aOCJ7UMI9s — Allie Brown (@alliebrown89) February 11, …

Google Does More To Keep You On Google Google Does More To Keep You On Google

In another move related to keeping users on Google properties, the search engine is now showing big embedded YouTube videos on the top of search results for a lot of song queries. For example, if you search for “flaming lips …

Google Drops Competitors From Stock Results Google Drops Competitors From Stock Results

Mutliple reports have come out showing a new style of Google result for stock searches, which add additional financial information, but remove links to competing financial sites like yahoo Finance and MSN. TechCrunch shares a screenshot: That’s opposed to the …

Here's Google's Knowledge Graph Being Wrong Again Here's Google's Knowledge Graph Being Wrong Again

I’ve written a handful of times about how Google’s Knowledge Graph, on occasion, displays erroneous information. At first it seemed kind of rare, but now, I’m seriously beginning to wonder just how often this is happening. Rajni Singh, Associate Manager …

Google Adds Knowledge Graph To Regular Results Google Adds Knowledge Graph To Regular Results

Google has added a new drop-down box on some search results, providing information about the site the result comes from. It’s using the Knowledge Graph to provide this information. For example, this result from CivilWar.org provides such a box explaining …

Google Tests Search Quality Feedback Form On SERPs Google Tests Search Quality Feedback Form On SERPs

Google has a new way of getting feedback from users about the quality of its search results. Some users are reportedly seeing an experiment the search engine is running, which lets them compare two results on a page, and choose …

Google Answers Questions About Authorship Google Answers Questions About Authorship
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Google posted to its Webmaster Central blog today to address seven questions the company is commonly hearing about authorship, or rel=”author”. The post discusses what kinds of pages can be used with authorship, use of company mascots as authors, language …

Google Tests 3rd-Party Info For Sites In Results Google Tests 3rd-Party Info For Sites In Results

Google is reportedly testing a new feature on search results pages, that lets you click on a small, gray link beside the URL, to obtain more information about the site the result comes from on an overlay card. Google Operating …

Google Launches In-Depth Articles On SERPs Google Launches In-Depth Articles On SERPs

Google announced that it will start showing a new “In-depth articles” section in search results when users search for some “broad topics”. We wrote about the feature when Google was testing it a couple months ago, but now Google is …

Google Tests Design Change To Sitelinks In Results Google Tests Design Change To Sitelinks In Results

Google appears to be testing a design change to its sitelinks feature on search results pages, which makes the experience a bit more interactive for users, and lets sites offer deeper pages within the feature. Moz and Hyperlinkx Medai CEO …

Google Adds Local Carousel To Desktop Results Google Adds Local Carousel To Desktop Results

Google announced today that it is adding a new carousel feature for local search results on the top of some search results pages. It looks essentially like the recently redesigned Knowledge Graph carousel, but includes local businesses and their Zagat …

Google Highlights In-Depth Articles On SERPs Google Highlights In-Depth Articles On SERPs
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Google conducts tens of thousands of search experiments every year, and you never know which ones will actually become features of the greater Google experience, but the search engine is running a new one that’s pretty interesting and shares some …

Yahoo Redesigns Search Results Page Yahoo Redesigns Search Results Page

Yahoo announced today that it is rolling out a new design for its search results pages in the U.S. This includes a somewhat Google-like navigation bar. Here’s the before: And the after: “When it comes to search, nothing should stand …

Google Toys With Removing URLs From Results Pages Google Toys With Removing URLs From Results Pages
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Google has been running a test that eliminates URLs from search results pages (for the most part). Does this make results pages better? Would you be in favor of Google implementing this as a new design? Let us know in …