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Daily Search Forum Recap: December 20, 2022

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Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.


Google’s new local pack design might be fully live now. Upvoting reviews in Google may keep them up longer in your Google listings. Google has stopped using Web Light to speed up pages for slow connections. Google is testing search within videos in India. Google added the top products report to the Google Business Profile performance report.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google Search In Video

    Google announced in India yesterday that they are testing a search feature to allow you to search text within video. This isn’t a huge stretch from key moments but it is neat to see you being able to search the words spoken in a video.

  • Google’s New Local Pack Full Design Now Live?

    A couple of months ago, I reported Google testing a new design for the local pack, which is a fuller design. Well, Shay Harel from RankRanger says this new design is fully live.
  • Google Top Products Added To Business Profiles Performance Reports

    Google seems to be rolling out a new “top products” report to the performance reports within Google Business Profiles. As you know, businesses can add products in numerous ways to their Google Business Profile local listing, and here is a new report to track the performance of those products in local search.

  • Study: Upvoting Reviews Keeps The Reviews On Google Local Longer

    Here is another study from Joy Hawkins and friends. This study says that upvoting reviews tend to keep the reviews on the local listings up for a longer period of time.
  • Google Stops Using Web Light To Serve Lighter/Faster Version Of Your Pages

    Since 2015 Google has been serving lighter-weight and thus faster-loading web pages over Web Light to some devices that just don’t have the speed or capabilities to load the heavier version of the page. Well, that is now done; Google retired Web Light.

  • Face Paint At Google Dublin Office

    Some of the Googlers at the Dublin office had their faces painted for a Halloween event at the office. We have see Googlers do face painting before, but that was a few years back. This one I spotted

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Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

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Mobile & Voice

SEO

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Search Features

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Daniel Waisberg Hosts Lizzi Sassman & Martin Splitt At Google Tel Aviv

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Daniel Waisberg Hosted Lizzi Sassman & Martin Splitt At Google Tel Aviv

A couple of months before John Mueller visited Daniel Waisberg at the Google Tel Aviv office, Lizzi Sassman and Martin Splitt of Google did as well. Here are the three smiling on the streets of Tel Aviv.

This was shared a while back on Twitter.

This post is part of our daily Search Photo of the Day column, where we find fun and interesting photos related to the search industry and share them with our readers.



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Google Ad Revenues Down 3.6% Year Over Year

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Google Earnings Stock

Google reported earnings last night and their ad revenue not only slowed but was technically lower year over year. Google’s ad revenue was down about 3.6%, while total revenue was up just around 1%.

Here is the snippet from the earnings report showing that:

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Remember, Microsoft reported earnings the week prior and showed slowed growth but still growth. Microsoft Bing Ads grew 10% last quarter.

Here is a look at Google’s earnings numbers for the past 3 years:

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You can see that Q4 2021 was higher than Q4 2022!

Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet and Google, said: “Our Q4 consolidated revenues were $76 billion, up 1% year over year, or up 7% in constant currency, and $283 billion for the full year 2022, up 10%, or up 14% in constant currency. We have significant work underway to improve all aspects of our cost structure, in support of our investments in our highest growth priorities to deliver long-term, profitable growth.”

Hence the mass Google layoffs to cut costs and increase profit. Keep in mind, Google’s profit was insane – $18 billion, that is $1 billion in profit per week! Sure, Google’s net income was down 34% year over year, so I get Wall Street.

Forum discussion at Twitter.



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Microsoft Bing ChatGPT Search Interface Screenshots?

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Bing Chat

Owen Yin shared some screenshots of what he said he saw on the Microsoft Bing website. It looks like the beta version of the upcoming ChatGPT features that we are all expecting Bing to announce in the coming weeks (maybe even this coming Tuesday).

Owen shared these screenshots on Twitter and then posted more details on Medium.

Here is the home page screenshot that widens and enlarges the search box and says “Ask me anything”:

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Here is his screenshot of the results, the answers being returned:

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And here is the GIF he made of this:

Bing Search Chat Interface

It would not surprise me if this is being tested in the wild by Microsoft Bing, as all the evidence leads to a big announcement about this type of feature being released sometime in the next week or so.

Forum discussion at Twitter.



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