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.
Apple Business Connect, the local Apple Maps business profiles area, now offers new analytics and insights named per group benchmarks. Google Screens Local Service Ads now show unique ads on page scroll. Google Search tests popular stores category. Bing knowledge panels has new learn more carousel cards. Bing Webmaster Tools updated its colors to the new dark blue. Oh, there was a Google spam update released this afternoon, a lot more on that tomorrow.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Apple Business Connect Adds Peer Group Benchmarks
Apple has announced new insights and analytics to Apple Business Connect, its local business dashboard. The new insights are called “Peer Group Benchmarks” and tell you how well your business is doing compared to similar businesses in Apple Maps.
- Google Screened LSAs Now Show Unique Advertisers On Page Load
Google’s Local Service Ads (LSA), Google Screened, previously would load the same advertisers as you scrolled down the search results page. Now, Google is loading unique, different advertisers when it shows you new Google Screened LSAs.
- Bing Webmaster Tools Updated Colors To Darker Bing Blue
When Microsoft Bing announced its new features a couple of weeks ago, including the updated performance reports, it also went ahead and updated the colors of the top bar from the old light blue Bing colors to the new darker blue Bing colors.
- Bing Knowledge Panels With Learn More Cards
Bing seems to be testing added “learn more” cards under the knowledge panel within the search results. The learn more cards are in a carousel format that you can slide through to learn more about the topic from third-party websites.
- Google Search Popular Stores Section
Google is testing a section titled “popular stores” in the Google search results. It shows you stores like Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and more.
- Fake Bear At Google
Here is a statue of a bear at the GooglePlex, the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. I am not sure where exactly the bear is and how old it is but it is there somewhere.
Other Great Search Threads:
- This is an interesting development on filtering reviews by type of meal. Definitely appreciated from a restaurant perspective because not all reviews are equal with take out vs. dine-in or brunch vs. dinner, Grant Austin on X
- AdSense Earnings and Observations – October 2023, WebmasterWorld
- Preparing yet more news around our events… :o) Any guesses where the next event is gonna be at?, Martin Splitt on Mastodon
- The docs I find online say it’s not case sensitive, I imagine the current spec says it specifically, but you’d have to check., John Mueller on X
- The first click, linear, time decay, and position-based attribution models will be going away in October 2023. Got informed from GA 4, Khushal Bherwani on X
Search Engine Land Stories:
Other Great Search Stories:
Industry & Business
Links & Content Marketing
Local & Maps
Mobile & Voice
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