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Google Local Search Grouping, Carousels & Count Labels

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Google Local Search Grouping, Carousels & Count Labels


Google has been pushing the limits of its user interfaces in the local search results in web search and some of the other filters. I don’t know or even think any of this has been rolled out recently but I do think this did roll out in 2021. In short, Google local search results are grouping things more, using more carousels and even offering filters with count labels.

Here are some examples of the count labels – this might be the only really recently new thing on this list:

Here are some examples of Google grouping local results with carousels:

Google gets pretty wild with those local intent results in the mobile web search results.

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Google Still Says Do Not Use Commas, Brackets Or Other Non Standard URL Encoding For Faceted Navigation

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Google Still Says Do Not Use Commas, Brackets Or Other Non Standard URL Encoding For Faceted Navigation


Google’s John Mueller confirmed that the search company’s 2014 guidance with faceted navigation remains true today – do not use non-standard URL encoding. That means do not use commas, brackets or other non-standard URL encoding in your URL structure.

Instead, use ampersands, equal signs, hyphens or other supported and standard URL encoded URLs for your fascinated navigation. This guidance is listed in Google’s blog post from 2014, here is a screenshot:

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John said on Twitter it is “still a bad idea” to use non-standard URL encoding for this purpose:

I still see many sites using these methods – I wonder why…

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Google Maps Pins Testing Showing Review Snippets

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Google Maps Pins Testing Showing Review Snippets


Google Maps, the map interface, is testing displaying review snippets, short selected reviews, directly under the name of the business or organization in the map interface under the pin. This was spotted by Allie Margeson who said on Twitter “seeing review snippets get some prominence directly on the map and I like it!”

Here is her screenshot:

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Personally, I am not a fan of this, it seems to really clutter up the map interface a lot to me…

Allie added “Another reason to get keywords in your reviews.”

Do you like it? Even if you don’t and Google launches this, you better have some really nice short review snippets that Google can select.

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Google Location Pack Shows Things To Do, Airports & Transit Stops

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Google Location Pack Shows Things To Do, Airports & Transit Stops


Google is testing a new layout for location packs that show things to do, airports and transit stops based on the location you are looking at. This is Google mobile search feature that Brian Freiesleben spotted and posted on Twitter.

Here is a GIF of it in action:

Now, things to do and these features were announced last May but I guess Google is trying it out in new areas?

Here is another example:

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