Google seems to be testing new font styles for the search results pages. Here is some screen shots of the current font that I see, followed by screen shots from some folks on Twitter noticing a new font style.
Google Tests New Fonts For Search Results Page Google seems to be testing new font styles for the search results pages. Here is some screen shots of the current font that I see, followed by screen shots from some folks on Twitter noticing a new font style.
Google Maps Adds Large Button To Support Local Businesses Google Maps has added a large button on some map interfaces asking you to support your local businesses. The button says “support local businesses” and lets you the explore those businesses. When you click on it, it takes you into the explore nearby feature.
Google: Structured Data Does Not Help Us Trust Authority Or Expertise Of Content Google’s John Mueller said again that using structured data does not give Google something that it can rely on for saying a page or piece of content is correct, trustworthy and authoritative. Google’s John Mueller said in a recent Google hangout at the 9:53 mark “it’s not that there is a specific structured data element that you can put on a page and say, well, my page is correct, or my information is correct.”
Google: One-Percent Of Australian Queries Are News Related In May of this year, Google said on the Google Australian blog that “in the last year, news-related queries accounted for just over 1 percent of total queries on Google Search in Australia.” Google said this represents “a very small part of this content.”
Google Expands Business Messages In Search & Local Google announced it has expanded the business messaging features it launched in Google Search and Google Maps. This service can now be integrated with your customer service platforms and Google added smart replies, visual product carousels, and unique welcome messages.
A Digger Digging Out Google’s New Super Campus Here is an awesome Instagram video from a construction professional named Kendrick Allen in a digger truck, digging out an area at the new Google super campus near the GooglePlex. How cool is this to
The Four Seasons app and chat capabilities are now available to private residence owners as contactless services become the new norm in the COVID-19 era. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has added new features to its app and chat platforms to give private residence homeowners and residents the ability to connect with their residential teams from their phones, tablets and computers.
I got my normal camera back and with it, we went to London – again, let me know your thoughts on the camera and if you want a specific background. I covered two Google algorithm updates, a bigger one on June 23rd and a smaller one over the weekend – Google did not confirm these. Google also fixed an issue with indexing Disqus comments. Google said again it does not measure EAT and John Mueller explained that adding structured data won’t tell Google that your site is trustworthy, authoritative or an expert on the topic. Google is going to be doing some sort of new integration between Google Analytics and Search Console. Google says you cannot control where GoogleBot crawls you from. Google Posts now disallows political or social commentary and personal rants. Google added ClaimReview schema support to Google Images Search, so you can get those fact labels on there. Google is testing how to schema on desktop, this time with image thumbnails. Google expanded business messaging in local and search. Google also shows expanded hours in search for businesses. Google Ads updated the test my site tool, added feeds in apps, deep linking and new ad reports. Google is sunsetting the Google Partners Acceleration program. Google is testing people also search for ads carousels on desktop. Google ads is moving some targeting options to target impression share strategy. And Google said one percent of queries in Australia were news related. Oh and if you want to help sponsor those vlogs, go to patreon.com/barryschwartz. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.
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We know Google almost always crawls from the United States of America. But sometimes Google can send out its army of bots from other regions. You can not explicitly request Google to crawl from a specific region or location. Google does this on its own. Of course, you can try to block GoogleBot but that is not safe.
John Mueller of Google was asked if there is a way to prevent GoogleBot from crawling his site from China. John said no, “there is no mechanism to do that, sorry.”
Google is testing showing a “service update” section in the Google local panels for some businesses. It seems to be a section to update searchers around COVID-19 changes to the business hours or services, like dine-in or curbside and takeout options for restaurants.
Here is a screen shot of this from Darcy Burk on Twitter:
Google has been showing the restaurant options, like takeout, delivery, dine-in, etc for a while now but this “service update” box is new and more in your face.
Satyajeet Salgar, Group Product Manager – Media and Entertainment at Google Search, shared a new feature Google launched in search. It is a small feature around movie and TV results. When you hover your mouse over the cards, they show you an animation with more details.
Here is a GIF of it in action:
Satyajeet said on Twitter “the team launched a slick hover feature on movie and tv show answers on desktop that I really like.”
Potential bidders can virtually visit Sotheby’s pre-sale exhibitions. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s
Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions limiting physical gatherings, British auction house Sotheby’s has boosted its app’s capability with augmented reality and other digital features that reimagine its June 29 live auction event.