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Daily Search Forum Recap: July 21, 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 Business Profiles has new FAQs feature to let you automate some of your messaging with customers over Google Search and Google Maps. Google is testing “reviews aren’t verified” labels in Google local business listings. Google’s people also ask feature has returned to normal levels. Google’s local pack shows an hours filter that also lets you filter by day of the week. Google’s search timer and stopwatch just stopped working.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google Business Profiles Messaging FAQs For Automated Responses To Customers

    Google My Business has added a new feature to automate responses to customer messages through Google Search and Google Maps. It is a frequently asked question section where you enter the FAQs, and Google can respond with answers when the customer’s question match.

  • Google People Also Ask Back To Normal Levels

    Ten days ago, we reported that the people also ask feature dropped down 30 percentage points in terms of how often the feature is shown in Google Search. Well, now it seems to be back in full force, according to RankRanger and Semrush.

  • Google Tests “Reviews Aren’t Verified” Label

    Google is testing a new label to notate that the reviews aren’t verified in Google Search and Google Map. The label is above the reviews in the local business listing and it says “reviews aren’t verified.”
  • Google Local Pack Hours Filter By Day Of Week

    Google Search’s local pack has for a long time let you filter the local results by hours of operation. But I am not sure when Google added by the day of the week. I am not sure if this is new but I don’t think I’ve seen it before.
  • Google Search Timer & Stopwatch Stop Ticking

    The Google countdown timer and stopwatch feature seem to have stopped working. It seemed the Google stopwatch stopped ticking on July 19th. This feature first came up in Google about a decade ago.

  • Store Sign: Coffee Shop Near Me

    Here is a store with a sign, I assume its name is this, “coffee shop near me.” Yea, the store is named Coffee Shop Near Me. Now try finding that store on Google. This reminds me of the dental office

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:


Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice




Search Features

Other Search


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Google Featured Snippet Callouts, False Premises, MUM & More



Google From The Web & Other Sites Say Featured Snippet

Google has launched some improvements to featured snippets, about this result and the content advisories in Google Search. MUM now works with featured snippets to help Google understand the notion of consensus and then highlight words in the featured snippets, known as callouts.

I dug deep into this on Search Engine Land, so here is the short version.

Featured Snippet Callouts & MUM for General Consensous

Google featured snippet callouts, the word or words called out above the featured snippet in a larger font, now can be powered by MUM (which is a new and rare use of MUM in search) to check what other sources are saying about the topic. Google said, “our systems can check snippet callouts against other high-quality sources on the web, to see if there’s a general consensus for that callout, even if sources use different words or concepts to describe the same thing.” “We’ve found that this consensus-based technique has meaningfully improved the quality and helpfulness of featured snippet callouts,” Google told us.

Here is what it looks like:

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And Pandu Nayak, Vice President of Search and Fellow, Google, told us that it is hard to game consensus here because featured snippets come from the top search results and those generally are not low quality.

Featured Snippet & People Also Ask False Premise Queries

False premise queries are when a specific query is for information about things that did not happen. Google will show you information that is accurate and remove the false part from the featured snippet in this case. In fact, Google said they have “reduced the triggering of featured snippets in these cases by 40% with this update.”

So if you ask [when did snoopy assassinate Abraham Lincoln] – snoopy did not do that but Google will tell you who did:

This also works for people also ask, because those are built using featured snippets.


About This Result

About this result which launched in February 2021 have been used more than 2.4 billion times Google said.

Google is expanding it to eight more languages including Portuguese (PT), French (FR), Italian (IT), German (DE), Dutch (NL), Spanish (ES), Japanese (JP), and Indonesian (ID), coming later this year.

Plus Google is expanding what it shows in the about this result, adding such as how widely a source is circulated, online reviews about a source or company, whether a company is owned by another entity, or even when our systems can’t �find much info about a source.

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Content Advisories Expand

Content advisories launched in 2020, which tells searchers when Google is not so confident with the search results it is presenting. Well, Google is going to show more of that.

Google said it is expanding content advisories to searches where its systems “do not have high confidence in the overall quality of the results available for the search.” Google said this does not mean that there no helpful information is available, or that a pa�rticular result is low-quality. “These notices provide context about the whole set of results on the page, and you can always see the results for your query, even when the advisory is present,” Google added.

Here are some of the SEO takes on Twitter:

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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