Google had plenty of bugs, some really big ones, this week including not indexing new content for a day in Google Search. Note, there were rumblings of a Google algorithm update shortly after the indexing bug, but it might be related. Google Ads, Analytics, AdSense, and so on all had not just one outage, but two reporting outages in a 5-day period. Google may also be investigating a recipe search bug. Google’s people also ask feature is now back to normal levels in desktop search. Google is testing a knowledge panel card layout box that is interactive. Google Search Console now lets you verify your site using DNA CNAME. Google Business Profiles messaging now lets you add FAQs which will be used to automate answers to questions submitted by customers. Google is taking action on the recent one-san review blackmail scams. Google is testing a new label for reviews noting they are not verified. Google local pack has an hours filter that lets you filter by day of the week or specific hour. Google Ads announced that Google will start the process of automatically “upgrading” accounts to Performance Max for Smart Shopping campaigns. Google Ads is testing map pins with photos for locations. Google Ads has a new political policy around ad visibility and language. Google soon will be testing a new augmented reality prototype, like Google eyewear. Google’s timer and stopwatch in Google Search stopped working. And if you want to help sponsor those vlogs, go to patreon.com/barryschwartz. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.
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Daily Search Forum Recap: August 10, 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.
FYI, the Google outage that broke Google seems to be fixed. Google Lens data likely won’t be coming to Google Search Console anytime soon. Google looks like it is showing fewer rich result stars for the shopping verticle. Google now says dynamic rendering is a workaround, not a long-term solution, and should probably not be used. Google is testing showing all the search bar options and removing the “more” link. Google’s follow feature help docs now say use descriptive titles for RSS feeds and try to use a single feed.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Google Search Showing Fewer Review Rich Results In Shopping Vertical
Google may be showing fewer reviews in the search result snippets, fewer review rich results, specifically when you filter by the shopping vertical. This seemed to happen right when Google released the Google Product Reviews update, there was a five percentage point drop in the number of review snippets for this category.
- Google Search Console Reporting To Gain Google Lens? Not Yet…
As Google Lens becomes more and more popular, SEOs are asking, will we be able to see what traffic we get from Google Lens in Google Search Console? The answer is that Google Search Console currently does not support showing Google Lens traffic or data and likely won’t in the foreseeable future.
- Google: Dynamic Rendering Is A Workaround and Not A Long-Term Solution
- Google Follow Feature Docs Now Say Use Descriptive Titles For RSS Feed & Use A Single Feed
Google has made a couple of tweaks to the documentation for the Follow Feature in Google Search. Google added you should use (1) descriptive titles for your RSS feed and (2) a single feed even if you have multiple.
- Google Search Tests Showing All Of The Menu Bar Options
Google is testing displaying all of the menu bar options under the Google Search bar. This is instead of showing the “more” button, to see more search options.
- Handstand By The Google Detroit Logo
Here is someone who is doing a handstand right by the Google signage that has logos of automakers, this is in the Google Detroit office. I use to post a number of photos of people doing handstands an
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