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Daily Search Forum Recap: January 26, 2022



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 has dropped FLoC and is trying to replace it with the Topics API – how embarrassing for Google. Google said the product reviews update is for products, but not places or things. Google said deep folder URLs is not an issue for Google or SEO, again. Google Assistant now lets you just say “Stop” to stop it from talking without first saying “Hey Google.” Most SEOs understand that if Google gave over 100% transparency about its search algorithm, it would lead to poorer results.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:


Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice



Other Search


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Google Dedicated Local Ad Pack



Google Dedicated Local Ad Pack

Google seems to be testing adding a local pack for ads along with a normal organic local pack, I believe. Here is a screenshot showing a local pack labeled as “Ads” that show a list of stores that have shoes near you.

You can click “more places” that will load more local ads. Below that is the local pack map, showing you organic nearby stores that have that product nearby.

Here is a screenshot I took from a Twitter video from Saad AK:

Here are more examples of this in action from Saad AK:

I think this is new but I can be wrong?


Forum discussion at Twitter.

Update: Supposedly this is not a new thing, according to Google.


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