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Microsoft Bing Top Rated Tutors With TakeLessons Integration

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Microsoft Bing Top Rated Tutors With TakeLessons Integration

Bing Search has a new carousel for “top rated tutors” for keyword searches such as [piano], [makeup], [guitar] and so on. This brings up a special search carousel that pulls data from TakeLessons, a Microsoft owned property.

Here is a screenshot of the [piano] query for “explore top rated piano tutors.”

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When you click on anything within this carousel, you are taken to TakeLessons which is owned by Microsoft.

Here are more examples from Glenn Gabe and Khushal Bherwani:

Microsoft Bing should probably have some sort of disclaimer to link to its own property, right?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Google Adds Disclaimer To Appointment Providers Links In Local Panel

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Google Adds Disclaimer To Appointment Providers Links In Local Panel

Google has added a disclaimer to the appointment provider links that you find in the Google Search local panel and in the Google Maps business listings. The disclaimer partially reads under the “about these providers,” adding “providers are listed in random order.”

It continues to say “however, if the business has specified a preferred provider, it will appear first.” Then has a learn more link that goes to this page and that reads:

How providers rank for local business links
Third-party providers can link from a business’s Business Profile on Google Search and Maps. These are called local business links. You can use these links to book an appointment, make a reservation, and place a food or shopping order with a provider.

When multiple providers supply links for the same business, Google lists them in random order. If the business specifies a preferred provider, that provider shows first.

For food orders, Google also lists providers in random order. However, if the business’s website is available, or the business specifies a preferred provider, those show first.

When you use local business links on your mobile device, business preferred providers are labeled as such.

Here is a screenshot that you can click on to enlarge:

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This was spotted first by Damian Rollison and posted on Twitter:

I believe this was triggered (I can be wrong) based on the latest issues around third party appointment systems hijacking listings in Google Search. Danny Sullivan was all over that and probably got Google to add a disclaimer, which is helpful and useful.

Here is an example of one that shows more than one appointment booking provider, with ZocDoc coming up as the second option:

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Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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