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Google Working On New More Personalized Search Engine & Project Magi

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The New York Times reported yesterday that Google is working on an “all-new search engine” while also working on Project Magi, aimed to add AI-based features to the existing search engine.

In fact, according to this report, Google is working on these two projects and several other AI-based search projects to be incorporated into Google Maps, Chrome, Android, and other platforms. I did summarize this yesterday on Search Engine Land but I felt it was important to summarize it here as well, I’ll keep it shorter here.

All-New Google Search To Bring Back Personalization

“Google is racing to build an all-new search engine powered by the technology. It is also upgrading the existing one with A.I. features, according to internal documents reviewed by The Times,” the report wrote. There will be a “far more personalized experience than the company’s current service, attempting to anticipate users’ needs.” “Modernizing its search engine has become an obsession at Google, and the planned changes could put new A.I. technology in phones and homes all over the world,” the Times added.

When is this coming? It is too soon to know. There is no timeline or ETA for when we might hear about this from Google or see this being tested.

Lara Levin, a Google spokeswoman, said, “We’ve been bringing AI to Google Search for years to not only dramatically improve the quality of our results, but also introduce entirely new ways to search, such as Lens and multisearch. We’ve done so in a responsible and helpful way that maintains the high bar we set for delivering quality information. Not every brainstorm deck or product idea leads to a launch, but as we’ve said before, we’re excited about bringing new AI-powered features to Search, and will share more details soon.”

Google has been talking about a vastly different Google Search for a couple of weeks now, so this should not shock too many of you. Also, Google wrote in late March with the Bard release, “We’ll also be thoughtfully integrating LLMs into Search in a deeper way – more to come.”

As I noted on Search Engine Land, Google did the personalization thing in Google Search in a big way in 2009. But then scaled back on that, maybe due to privacy reason, but Google said it was being personalization added little benefit to overall search quality and relevancy. So much so, Google very lightly uses personalization in Google Search these days outside of previous query and location of the searcher.

Project Magi Coming Soon

While waiting for the all-new Google search, Google is expected to release features that help searchers transact with the search results. This is under the project name Magi and we may see signs of Google testing this in the wild as early as next month.

Search features under Google Magi would allow searchers to complete transactions, such as buying shoes or booking flights. Google Search would allow searchers to complete financial transactions, as explained before, while still incorporating the existing search ads that you see in Google Search today.

These changes can allow searchers to answer questions around “software coding and write code based on a user’s request.” “Google may place an ad under the computer code answers, according to a document,” the report added.

Other features Googlers are working on include:

  • Google Earth’s mapping technology with help from A.I. and search for music through a conversation with a chatbot.
  • GIFI would use A.I. to generate images in Google Image results.
  • Tivoli Tutor, would teach users a new language through open-ended A.I. text conversations.
  • Searchalong, would let users ask a chatbot questions while surfing the web through Google’s Chrome browser.

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I think SEO is fine for the time being, but things will eventually change:

Also, I recommend checking out the 60 minutes interview from the other day over here.

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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:

Cognitiveseo

Algoroo:

Algoroo

What did you all see this weekend?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.



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