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    Daily Search Forum Recap: June 18, 2024

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 18, 2024 at 7:00 AM
    Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

    Google Search Console reports with # signs in them are not related to canonicalization in Google Search...

    Google: #s In Google Search Console Reports Are Unrelated To Canonicalization

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 18, 2024 at 4:51 AM
    There is a lot of talk in the wider SEO community around pound signs, #, in the Google Search Console reports, meaning something about canonicalization. John Mueller from Google, along with a number of SEOs, said it has nothing to do with canonicalization. Instead, it has to do with Google tracking on-page sitelinks from the Google Search results.

    Google Maps Adds Edit & Post Button To Business Profile Listing

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 18, 2024 at 4:41 AM
    Google has added an "edit" and "post" button more prominently as big buttons to Google Business Profiles within the Google Maps interface. Previously, these buttons were not as accessible in the Google Maps interface.

    Google: Our Search Results Do Not Always Show Original Source

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 18, 2024 at 4:31 AM
    Google's John Mueller said in the last SEO Google Office Hours video that Google's "search results are not an indication of what Google's systems consider to be the original source." This means that just because Google ranks a piece of content, it does not necessarily mean that the content is the original source.

    Bing Webmaster Tools Clickthrough Rate Over 100%

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 18, 2024 at 4:21 AM
    Did you ever sort the Bing Webmaster Tools clickthrough-rate column from highest to lowest and notice that you can see a CTR higher than 100%, I even see 300%. Well, Fabrice Canel from Microsoft said this is possible when a searcher clicks on your listing more than once from the same search result set.

    Google Search Tests Black Sitelinks

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 18, 2024 at 4:11 AM
    Google is testing another variation of its sitelinks design, this one uses black font colors for the sitelinks. Of course, Google generally uses blue for those links, because links are generally in blue underlined font.

    Daily Search Forum Recap: June 17, 2024

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 17, 2024 at 7:00 AM
    Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today...

    The Maddening Adventure Of Tracking AI Overviews In Google Search Console

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 17, 2024 at 4:51 AM
    Google launched AI overviews in the SERPs in the United States officially on May 14th at I/O. This follows the launch of Google's Search Generative Experience (SGE) in May of 2023...

    Google Ads Forcing Some Advertisers Off Credit Card Payments

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 17, 2024 at 4:41 AM
    Google Ads is forcing many of its advertisers off the credit card option for paying for their ad accounts and onto bank-based payment methods, such as ACH, wire, or paper check. If you do not comply by July 31, 2024, your account can be suspended.

    Apple Updates Applebot Docs With Applebot-Extended, Reverse DNS & More

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jun 17, 2024 at 4:31 AM
    Apple has made some really big changes to the Applebot documentation after the Apple WWDC event, where Apple announced Apple Intelligence. Apple added more about Applebot, reverse DNS details, Applebot-Extended and much more.