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A Lot Of First-Page Google Results Are Using HTTPS

A Lot Of First-Page Google Results Are Using HTTPS

By Chris Crum October 3, 2014

Two months ago, Google announced that HTTPS is now a ranking signal used in its algorithm. The company had been pushing the use of HTTPS (HTTP over TLS/Transport Layer Security) for quite some time, and called for “HTTPS everywhere” at …

Are You Buying The Answers Google Is Selling You? Are You Buying The Answers Google Is Selling You?

Google is once again displaying some questionable content in its Knowledge Graph-style results, and displaying it as the answer to your question. Have you personally come across questionable content in the Knowledge Graph? Let us know in the comments. “We …

Google Puts Own Ads On Searches For Other Brands Google Puts Own Ads On Searches For Other Brands

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 …

Google: We Use Author Rank In 'Some Ways' Google: We Use Author Rank In 'Some Ways'

Last summer, Google launched “in-depth articles,” a section in the search results of some queries that highlights longer pieces related to the searched-for topic. Google’s Matt Cutts said this week (via Search Engine Roundtable) that “author rank” comes into play …

Google Kills Banner Ad Test On SERPs Google Kills Banner Ad Test On SERPs

Last fall, Google was spotted testing a big banner-style ad in search results. As we know, any of these tests can quickly become real features at any time, but it looks like Google has killed this one. The “banner” appeared …

Google Redesigns Search Results On Desktop Google Redesigns Search Results On Desktop

Google has been “experimenting” with a new design for its search results pages, which gets rid of the underline on links, increases the font size, and gets rid of the colored boxes around ads in favor of a more organic …

Google Officially Announces Restaurant Menu Results Google Officially Announces Restaurant Menu Results

Earlier this month, Google was spotted showing new card-style menu results for restaurant searches for some users. One tweeted a screenshot: Woah, when did Google start pulling menu items into the Knowledge Graph? https://t.co/9SMqJ0QcL2 pic.twitter.com/aOCJ7UMI9s — Allie Brown (@alliebrown89) February …

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 …