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Google Search Console Announcements Bar

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Google Search Console Announcements Bar


Google Search Console had this new bar at the top of the Search Console interface with announcements. It showed three types of announcements; informational, minor issue and major issue announcements. These showed up in blue, yellow and red respectively.

It is now gone, it was some sort of feature that Google did not want to be visible but if you missed it, here is what it looked like.

Here is a screenshot of them from yesterday when I covered it at Search Engine Land – click on the image to enlarge:

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John Mueller from Google said “If anyone else is seeing this in Search Console, this is a test on our side of the notification functionality that shouldn’t have been visible externally — sorry for the confusion.” So I guess this was just a test:

Here are some of the people who saw it early, around 3pm ET on December 28th:

Brent Payne made a video of it as well:

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I assume this will be used to communicate important announcements to all of us. They do not see to be site specific, but who knows…

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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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