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    Daily Search Forum Recap: July 18, 2024

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 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 Ranking Algorithm Volatility - July 18th

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 18, 2024 at 4:51 AM
    We may be seeing the start of a Google Search ranking algorithm update, as I am starting to see volatility spiking in the Google Search results and a spike in chatter within the SEO community. I know we are expecting the next core update to touch down in the coming weeks, so maybe Google is testing/evaluating something now?

    Google Tests AI Overviews In Workspace Accounts In The UK

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 18, 2024 at 4:41 AM
    Google AI Overviews are only really live in the United States, for personal Google accounts (not Workspace accounts) and on Chrome browsers. Well, Google seems to be showing AI Overviews to some Workspace accounts in the UK.

    Google Bolding Query In Search Box When Cursor Out Of Search Box

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 18, 2024 at 4:31 AM
    Google is testing bolding the query in the search box when you click your cursor outside of the search box, otherwise the query is in normal plain font text. This is a weird one - don't you think?

    Google Merchant Center Next Coming To All Merchants

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 18, 2024 at 4:21 AM
    Google announced that Google Merchant Center Next, the updated version of Google Merchant Center it announced at Google Marketing Live in 2023, is now coming to all merchants this month. Google has already begun notifying merchants and advertisers of this via email and will continue to do so over the month.

    Google's Site Reputation Abuse Update Leads Gaming Affiliate To Reduce Financial Forecast

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 18, 2024 at 4:11 AM
    Catena Media, a publicly-traded online gambling information company, issued their Q2 earnings update a couple of weeks ago, saying they have reduced its revenues forecast due to the Google Site reputation abuse policy update.

    Daily Search Forum Recap: July 17, 2024

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

    Google Search Notes Finally To End

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 17, 2024 at 4:51 AM
    There was a lot of speculation that Google would remove the Search Notes feature from the Google Search labs results last May after living past its official end date of December 2023. Well, Google told 9to5Google that Notes on Search and Discover is finally going away.

    Google Knowledge Panels Tests Store Ratings Reviews

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 17, 2024 at 4:41 AM
    Google is testing showing store ratings review stars in the knowledge panels for some retail stores. Clicking on the stars will take you into the Google Store Rating panel.

    Google Tests Renaming Short Videos To Quick Takes

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jul 17, 2024 at 4:31 AM
    Google is testing renaming the short videos carousel to quick takes in the Google Search results. Short videos are quick videos Google surfaces in its search results from YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and other sources and now Google is testing naming them "Quick Takes."