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Swapping Out Your Blog For An App Landing Page Will Impact Your Google Rankings

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Swapping Out Your Blog For An App Landing Page Will Impact Your Google Rankings

It is not too uncommon to see app developers, before the app is launched, to launch a blog on the home page of the app’s domain name. This is done to gain traction on the domain name before the official app is actually live. But will moving the blog off the home page and replacing that with the app details on launch impact the site’s overall SEO and ranking in Google?

The answer is yes.

John Mueller of Google was asked this on Reddit where the question was:

Will changing the home page from the blog page to an app landing page damage SEO?

For some context, I still building the site; it has not launched. Right now the site is just a blog, which is acting as an MVP for an app I’m designing. Eventually, the home page will act as landing page for the actual app.

Will having the home page just be the blog for now, but change it to the landing page in the future, damage the SEO?

John Mueller’s response:

Sure it’ll change “SEO” (whatever you consider that to be), but if the app is what you want people to do, then focus on that.

But does that mean you shouldn’t try to build out the domain name of an app or product before it officially launches? I wouldn’t say it means that. It means that the rankings and SEO will change if you swap out the pages. It might make sense more to build a coming soon type of home page, with a blog on the inner structure. You can show blog posts on the lower portion of that home page and maybe even lower those blog posts down on the page when the official app page launches. But building up the domain name with content relevant to the overall app is not a bad strategy – it is probably recommended.

But yet, making drastic changes to the content of the home page will impact how that home page ranks in Google Search.

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Google Search People Cards Visible In US

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Back in 2020, Google Search introduced a feature named people cards. It was only available in India but now it seems like it might be expanding, as I can now see it in the United States.

Brian Freiesleben’s card, which he created when it was first announced by spoofing his location to be in India, is now showing up as a people card for searchers in the United States. Personally, I was able to bring it up on my mobile device in New York.

Here is a screenshot he shared of this on Twitter:

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He said, “I found my name now triggers a ‘people card’. This was introduced in Google India back in 2020. I spoofed my location back then to create the card and now (finally) it’s appearing.”

Glenn Gabe was able to replicate it as well:

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Google Search Bard, It’s ChatGPT Feature, To Trusted Testers

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Well, we knew it was coming and here it is, Bard – Google’s answer to ChatGPT. Google is now having its trusted testers test out Bard and will soon roll it out more widely to users in Google Search and others products in the coming weeks, Google announced. It is not called Apprectice Bard but rather Bard.

I covered this when the news broke at Search Engine Land and as I pointed out, right now, Google does not have an answer for how to attribute or link to answers Bard generates – yet. But I do suspect Google will have some answer for it. I also mentioned that Google has been writing knowledge panels using AI and other methods since 2018 and said then it is not stealing. So it will be interesting to see what Google ends up doing here.

Bard is Google’s experimental conversational AI service, powered by LaMDA, where Google can answer questions that might not have one right answer. Google said they will roll this out more widely in the coming weeks but for now, only trusted testers (who is outsourced to a third-party company) will be able to play with it.

Google said, “Soon, you’ll see AI-powered features in Search that distill complex information and multiple perspectives into easy-to-digest formats, so you can quickly understand the big picture and learn more from the web: whether that’s seeking out additional perspectives, like blogs from people who play both piano and guitar, or going deeper on a related topic, like steps to get started as a beginner. These new AI features will begin rolling out on Google Search soon.”

Here is a screenshot they shared of how it might look in Google Search:

Google Bard in Google Search

This is how it might look like in Google Search (without the attribution part…).

This is the Bard direct interface, not in search:

Google Bard GIF

I am super excited to see how this evolves at Google, Bing and others.

It is not too far off from the leaks of the Bing ChatGPT interface.

Here is Sundar Pichai’s tweets:

Here is some of the SEO community reaction:

Also, make sure to check out the roundup at Techmeme.

Forumdiskussion kl Twitter, WebmasterWorld.



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Most SEOs Think Yahoo Won’t Be Able To Compete In Search

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As you know, Yahoo is planning a come back to search with a new way of thinking about Yahoo Search. What that means, we don’t know yet, but we do know Yahoo is thinking hard about how they can compete. Greg Sterling ran a Twitter poll asking if Yahoo has a shot at it, and most say, nope – Yahoo Search is dead on arrival.

The poll on Twitter asked, “Yahoo is planning to “relaunch” search. Is there a chance to revive it?” It received a nice number of responses, 631 responses. The results were not too optimistic.

  • 43.7% said nope, dead on arrival
  • 26.6% said depends on the UI/UX
  • 29.6% said yes, now is the time

Here is that poll:

Personally, I think Yahoo has a good shot at it, better than most other companies. But time will tell and I am very much looking forward to seeing what Yahoo Search comes out with.

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