Tag - search results

Google Adds Location & Location Icon to Search Results

Google is testing a new icon in the search results to show the specific location of a search result, in addition to showing a location icon, similar to the map icon used on Google Maps.  It seems to be used primarily for news results in the regular organic search results. Here is what it looks like: In each of these news results, the yellow location icon appears, along with the specific city the news result is from.  Google is just including [...]

Bing Local Pack Testing New Card Style in Search Results

Bing is testing a distinct new style of their local pack in the search results.  Instead of the usual list of results together, this new layout has individual card-style results for each business within the local pack. However, some versions of this test drop the results in the local pack to only three results instead of the usual five.  This brings it more in line with the 3-pack Google changed to several years ago. Here is what it looks like: When you [...]

Google Testing Disambiguation Box for Local Packs

Google is testing a disambiguation box which shows up on the mobile search results for a local pack.  Disambiguation features in the search results show up when Google isn’t entirely sure which meaning of a word someone is trying to search for. Here is what it looks like: Google is asking whether someone is searching for a hotel, or specifically for hotels.com website, with two options that can be clicked. Especially noteworthy is the fact that one is a brand website, [...]

Google Reduces Description Length in Desktop & Mobile Search Results

Two years after Google initially increased the length of descriptions in the search results, and six months after increasing it for most results, Google is reverting back to the old shorter length.  For some SEOs, this means a lot of work is required to change over description meta tags from the longer version to the shorter one.  But for those that never changed when Google made the change two years ago, it won’t be as big of a deal. How [...]

Google Adds Manual Action for Google Job Postings Schema

Google has added a new manual action related to the recently added Google Jobs feature in the search results.  Site that are utilizing the schema and not handling expired job listings properly. Here is what it says: Jobs that are no longer open for applications must be expired in one of the following ways. Failure to take timely action on expired jobs may result in a manual action. They then list the ways a job can be expired.  The pages don’t have to [...]

Google Adds “Mentioned on Wikipedia” Carousels in Search Results

Google has often shown carousels in the search results for both mobile and desktop for all kinds of searches.  Google has added a new version for searches with a “mentioned on Wikipedia” carousel. Searchers, and site owners, have often complained about Google’s carousels not having data from where the information is taken from.  So Google adding the source with “mentioned on Wikipedia” is pretty significant. The carousel appears on both mobile and desktop.  Here is what it looks like on mobile: And [...]

Facebook tests an enhanced local search and discovery feature offering business suggestions

Facebook is testing an enhanced local search feature that could see the social network creeping in on Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp territory, TechCrunch learned and Facebook confirmed. Facebook users are now able to surface recommendations of nearby places – like “dinner nearby” or “bars nearby,” for example  – by entering a query in Facebook’s search box on the web or mobile. This returns a box in Facebook’s search results that include a list of relevant businesses, along with their ratings on Facebook, [...]