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Daily Search Forum Recap: July 21, 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 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:

Analytics

Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice

SEO

PPC

Search Features

Other Search

Feedback:


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Daily Search Forum Recap: May 30, 2024

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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 officially confirmed the search ranking data leak but urged caution with our assumptions. Google Search Console’s link report is showing huge drops in links. Google also updates its spam reporting page to add the site reputation and expire domain abuse. Google is testing a shaded people also ask version. Google is offering early adopter badges for using Search Notes. Google Maps added a wheelchair accessibility icon to the Google Maps business profiles.


Search Engine Roundtable Stories:


  • Google Confirms Search Leak But Urges Caution


    After over 32 hours of silence after the Google Search ranking data leak, Google has finally confirmed the leak, but urged caution around making assumptions on how Google Search ranking works based on the documents.

  • Google Report Spam Tool Adds Site Reputation & Expired Domains Abuse


    Google added a couple of new options to the spam reporting tool, including the new site reputation abuse and expired domain abuse, to the form. Again, Google announced these new spam policies last March, enforcing the site reputation abuse this earlier this month.



  • Huge Decline In Links Reported In Google Search Console Links Report


    Earlier this week, we reported on some declines in the number of links reported in the Google Search Console links report. Well, it got a lot worse this morning, and now everyone is seeing huge declines in the link report.

  • Google Early Adopter Badge For Using Search Notes


    Google is incentivizing searchers to leave notes on Google Search and Google Discover results by offering them an “early adopter badge.” Google is showing this message in the Google Discover feed and it says, “Add a note to earn a badge.”

  • Google People Also Ask Tests Shaded Boxed Interface


    Google is testing shading and boxing in the people also ask details within the mobile Google Search results. So instead of just a plain snippet interface, Google is testing adding some layers to the result by boxing it in with a colored background element.

  • Google Maps Adds Wheelchair Accessible Icon To Business Listings


    Google has added a wheelchair-accessible icon to the Business Profile listings in Google Maps of businesses that self-claim they are wheelchair-accessible. There is a little wheelchair-accessible icon next to the business name, but this only shows in Google Maps, not in Google Search – for now.



  • G Fiber Light Letter Sign




    Google had some sort of Google Fiber event at the Chicago office and they spread out some balloons and also added these letter light up signs that spelled “G Fiber”.

    I found this on Instagram…

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:

Analytics

Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice

SEO

PPC

Search Features

Other Search

Feedback:


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Daily Search Forum Recap: May 29, 2024

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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 Business Profiles is dropping the chat feature and call history on July 31st. Google is working on surfacing the site you search for in Google Search :). Google AI Overviews click data studies conflict. Google Business Profiles now shows why product uploads fail. Also, Google Discover feeds are not loading for some searchers.


Search Engine Roundtable Stories:


  • Google Business Profile Call History & Chat Going Away


    Google will be removing the call history reports and the Chat feature within Google Business Profiles on July 31, 2024. Google said, “We acknowledge this may be difficult news,” but added, “We occasionally have to make difficult decisions.”

  • Google Search Working To Surface Site When Site Name Is Referenced In Query


    There have been a number of complaints that when you search for a query and the site name, Google doesn’t always show results from the site you mentioned in the query. But Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, said the Google Search team is working on adjusting that so the site mentioned in the query is surfaced higher in the search results.

  • Two Conflicting Google AI Overview CTR Studies


    In the past couple of weeks, we had two blog posts published on the topic of the click through rates from the new Google AI Overviews to publishers compared to those clicks to publishers prior to the AI Overviews going live. And guess what – the studies conflict with each other.

  • Google Discover Feed Not Loading For Some Searchers


    Over the past few days, some Google users are complaining that the Google Discover news feed is not loading. It seems many of these users are on Pixel devices but I am not sure if this is only impacting Pixel users.

  • Google Business Profiles Shows Product Rejection Details


    Google Business Profiles can now show you why your uploaded products were rejected by the system. I guess previously Google did not do this but now Google can show you the reason why your products were not processed properly by Google Business Profiles.

  • Google Education Cards


    Here are a bunch of Google colored cards or badges that are part of some sort of Google Education event held in Brazil. Each card has a different Google service or product and they are in blue, red, yellow and green.

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:

Analytics

Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice

SEO

PPC

Search Features

Other Search

Feedback:


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Google Search Ranking Volatility Over The Memorial Day Weekend

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While I highly doubt Google pushed an algorithmic change over Memorial Day, there was a significant spike in chatter in the SEO community and the third-party Google Search tracking tools are showing volatility. Yes, traffic can be weird and lower on Memorial Day – I get that – but there seems to be more movement than normal.

So, was there a Google Search ranking update over Memorial Day weekend? Let me share what I am seeing but before I do.

Just a reminder that we saw Google ranking volatility around May 22nd, May 16th, May 9th, May 3rd and April 25th. Before that the March 2024 core update started on March 5th and ended on April 19th, 45 days later. It has been a busy month.

SEO Chatter

I began seeing chatter at WebmasterWorld on Sunday, May 26th and the chatter continued on through yesterday. Here is some of what was said in the forums:

Wow, I am seeing a 70% drop in traffic to my site’s homepage this weekend. Now a drop is normal on holiday weekends, but certainly not 70%….what’s up with that?

Very poor weekend for my global site at 60% yesterday and so far today after 20 hours at 40%. I expect tomorrow to be equally low.

UK hotel site ended up yesterday after a very slow start and has been extremely busy today as hoped for with food and live music.

What a strange weekend. Saturday traffic from Google collapsed, Sunday a strong increase, today so far 1 hour a lot of traffic, one hour as good as nothing, this has been going on since 6 am. I give up trying to understand that.

For me too, a little bit down again at the weekend. It goes down, down and down. Nobody knows why or why. I’m slowly but surely coming to terms with the fact that this topic no longer has a future. 🙁

Oh wow, there is life after Google. My traffic overnight is +140%. Bringing me back to, almost, where I was. I think a few new articles went viral but Google, was -20%. So none of this increased traffic was sent from them. Nice! After months and weeks of solid decline I now see an increase. Now to try and maintain it.

Traffic back to normal for me today which surprised me a little.

It is a holiday weekend in the UK therefore I went out for a few beers last night and it really did shock me. Several pubs were already closed and the normally really busy pubs were all absolutely dead … Were all the supposed 20 million car journeys happening last night?

I also saw some chatter on this site:

I thought Google would leave it alone on memorial day but seems there is now shuffling in my niche anyway. It was actually awfully quiet for a few days with pretty much no changes in the rankings. But it’s starting again. It’s just sick. I don’t get why the rankings shuffle so much day to day. I have read the theories here and they seem correct. Could be A/B testing. Who even knows.

Someone is feeling a difference during this weekend?

Glenn Gabe also spotted changes, he wrote, “Well, add 5/26 to the list. I’m seeing some confirmed surges in rankings across sites I have access to. And these are sites also impacted by the March core update.”

And more:

Google Tracking Tools

As you can see, most of these tools have been super heated and showing a lot of Google ranking volatility over the past week.

Semrush:

Semrush

SimilarWeb:

Similarweb

Advanced Web Rankings:

Advancedwebranking

Mozcast:

Mozcast

SERPmetrics:

Serpmetrics

Accuranker:

Accuranker

Mangools:

Mangools

Wincher:

Wincher

SERPstat:

Serpstat

Cognitive SEO:

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Algoroo:

Algoroo

What did you all see this weekend?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.



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