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Search By Image & Text

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Google has launched a new way of searching by image with Google Lens named “multisearch.” Multisearch lets searchers search by image and then refine that image search with a text query on top of it. And just to be clear, while Google says this is done using AI, Google is not using MUM at this point for this feature.

It is pretty cool how it works, you open your iOS and Android Google Search app, snap a photo using the Google Lens button or upload a photo or screenshot from your photo library and then you can swipe up to add additional text. Google explains open up the Google app on Android or iOS, tap the Lens camera icon and either search one of your screenshots or snap a photo of the world around you, like the stylish wallpaper pattern at your local coffee shop. Then, swipe up and tap the “+ Add to your search” button to add text.

Here is a GIF showing how it works – it can be confusing when you try to swipe up – Google will have to work on that:

Here are two images showing the flow in a static format, click on them to enlarge:

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Here are some questions Google multisearch can answer:

(1) Screenshot a stylish orange dress and add the query “green” to find it in another color

(2) Snap a photo of your dining set and add the query “coffee table” to find a matching table

(3) Take a picture of your rosemary plant and add the query “care instructions”

This should work in the US English Google Search app and Google said try to focus on shopping/clothing searches.

And yes, this is a feature Google demoed at the Search On event last year.

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Google Say Most Common Reason For Blocking Googlebot Are Firewalls or CDNs Issues

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Gary Illyes from Google posted a new PSA on LinkedIn saying that the most common reason a site unexpectedly blocks Googlebot from crawling is due to a misconfiguration of a firewall or CDN.

Gary wrote, “check what traffic your firewalls and CDN are blocking.” “By far the most common issue in my inbox is related to firewalls or CDNs blocking googlebot traffic. If I reach out to the blocking site, in the vast majority of the cases the blockage is unintended.”

So what can you do? Gary said, “I’ve said this before, but want to emphasize it again: make a habit of checking your block rules. We publish our IP ranges so it should be very easy to run an automation that checks the block rules against the googlebot subnets.”

Gary linked to this help document for more details.

In short, do what you can to test to see if your site is accessible to Googlebot. You can use the URL inspection tool in Google Search Console, as one method. Also, confirm with your CDN or firewall company that they are allowing Googlebot and ask them to prove it.

Forum discussion at on LinkedIn.

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Google Search Testing More Card Box Like Buttons In Search

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Google is testing more card and box-like elements in the search results. We covered this with the product results interface a few weeks back but now we are seeing them for other elements.

Here are screenshots shared with me of these designs:

Via @b4k_khushal:

Google Box Card Search Element Recipe

Via @mblumenthal via @b4k_khushal:

Google Box Card Search Element Products

I kind of like them but I might be wrong. 🙂

Forum discussion at Twitter.



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Microsoft Bing Search Features & Tests

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Here is another batch of Microsoft Bing Search tests and features that were caught out in the wild that I wanted to share with you. They include sorting, filtering, carousels, animations, related content and maybe even some bugs?

(1) Sorting results by more parameters:

(2) Related videos under the video results:

(3) Dynamic and animated carousel information box of sorts, life cycle feature:

(4) See this location:

(5) I am not sure what this is about:

(6) Left side product refinement filters:

(7) Want more deals feature:

(8) “Top Headlines” in Bing at the sitelink on the desktop search:

(9) Bing is testing a different style for sitelinks on their – via Frank Sandtmann on Mastodon:

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(10) Interesting character image on that search bar when you try to use a different search engine. I am not sure if it is new:


This is in addition to the other items we recently posted about Bing.

Forum discussion at Twitter threads above.



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