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Daily Search Forum Recap: March 24, 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 released the third product reviews update, the March 2022 Product Reviews update and here is what we see so far with this update. Google said it cut irrelevant search results down by over 50% in seven years, that over 60% more queries are natural language and Google launched 5,000 changes with 800,000 experiments in 2021. Google launched a new Google Partners Directory. Google paused ads that have content that exploits, dismisses or condones the Russia-Ukraine war. Google is testing a light gray search box feature. Google had a feature, by accident, that told you which stocks to buy and more search news below.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • March 2022 Google Product Reviews Update Rolling Out – Everything We See So Far

    Google has rolled out its third version of the product reviews update, named the March 2022 Product Reviews Update. The previous two versions were the April 2021 Product Reviews Update and the December 2021 Product Reviews Update. The March version was updated to incorporate more signals and criteria in this niche ranking algorithm.
  • Google: We Reduced Irrelevant Search Results By 50% & Made 5,000 Changes In 2021

    Google said in a spotlight piece of Danny Sullivan’s 25 year career in search (which is a nice thing) that Google reduced irrelevant search results by more than half in the past seven years. Google measured that number by looking at its own internal quality raters metrics.

  • New Google Partners Directory Now Live

    Google has launched the new Google Partners directory with new ways to search for partners and also the new and updated partner program. Google said “now it’s easier than ever to find the right partner to help you grow your business.”
  • Google Pauses Ads That Exploits, Dismisses Or Condones The Russia-Ukraine War

    Google last night posted a new policy in the sensitive events category that will pause ads that exploits, dismisses or condones the Russia and Ukraine war. Google wrote “due to the war in Ukraine, we will pause ads containing content that exploits, dismisses, or condones the war.”

  • Google Search Recommends Which Stocks To Buy Now

    If you do a search in Google Search for [inflation stocks], Google will show you a related searches feature with the title “stocks to buy now.” To savvy SEOs and searches, we know this is not Google recommending these stocks to buy but rather this is a related searches feature on the top of which stocks to buy based on content on the web.
  • Google Search Tests Light Gray Search Box

    Google seems to be testing another variation of the Google Search box. This one is a light gray background color for the search box. We recently saw Google testing the dark borders for the search box and also an edgeless search box.

  • Rooftop Mini Golf At Google Toronto

    Here is a photo, an old photo, from the Google Toronto office of the rooftop where they have miniature golf set up. There are more photos below where you can see the set up.

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Google Testing Snippets With Expandable Local Related Carousels



Google Dedicated Local Ad Pack

Google is testing a search result snippet that shows a expandable drop down menus under the snippet that contains weather, hotels, restaurants, visual stories, events and more. When you click on these expandable menus, you get carousels of search results for those types of search features.

This was spotted by Khushal Bherwani and posted on Twitter – for some reason this user interface looks familiar, I am not sure if it is 100% new but here is a GIF of it in action:

Google Tests Expandable Local Related Carousels Within Snippets

I was not able to replicate so I am thinking it is a test or I am trying the wrong queries.

Do you see this? I do think it is useful based on the query type.

Here is his video of this:

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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