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Google Tests A More Modern Rendering Engine For GoogleBot

Just not long ago, we quoted Martin Splitt of Google saying he knows when Google will release an updated and more modern version of GoogleBot so it can render JavaScript and the modern web better but he won’t say when. Now the folks at DeepCrawl caught Google testing Google running a more modern version of […]

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Search Buzz Video Recap: Widespread Google Indexing Issues, Algorithm Shifts, Icon Tests, AMP Changes & Google+ Dead

Today was an interesting day, a possible Google bug is dropping pages out of the Google index like flies. No word yet from Google on what the issue is yet. There was a potential Google update on March 29th again. March was one of the more active months at Google for webmaster/SEO topics, and we […]

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Google AMP & Mobile Friendly Tests Adds Code Editing

Yesterday Google added the ability to edit code inline within both the AMP test and the mobile-friendly test. So you can run the tools on your URLs and then make code changes in the tool’s code editor, rerun the test and see the outcome. Google recently also added this to the rich results test as […]

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Google Tests Portrait Mode Tall Top Stories Layout

Google seems to be testing a portrait mode, i.e. taller mode, for the top stories in the mobile search results. Valentin Pletzer shared some screen shots with me on Twitter and you can see, some are videos and some are just tall images as opposed to square or wide images. Here is what he saw: […]

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Multiple Google User Interface Tests Including People Also Ask Icons

Over the past several days I have been inundated with reports from SEOs about Google testing different interfaces. I’d say 80% of them are interfaces we’ve reported on before but here are some new ones I haven’t seen before including an icon for the people also ask section in Google Search. Valentin Pletzer spotted an […]

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Google Tests Bolding Content In Knowledge Panels

I cannot replicate this but some searchers are seeing Google bold the query they used in the knowledge panel blocks. Both Valentin Pletzer and Mordy Oberstein posted examples of this on Twitter. Again, every time I try to replicate it I come up empty handed, without any bold. Google will bold the text in the […]

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Google Tests Larger Messaging Buttons In Local Panels

Joy Hawkins who follows the local SEO beat really closely spotted a new interface treatment that really calls out the messaging functionality within the Google local panels. The new button to message a local business, when available, is massive compared to when it first launched. I personally cannot replicate this, but here is the screen […]

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Google Search Tests Expandable Related Queries

Google is testing new functionality for the related queries section you see at the footer of the Google search results. This shows Google giving the searcher the ability to click on a related query and then it expands and shows them a single search result for that query, which they can then click on “more […]

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Google Tests Image Thumbnails Again In Search Result Snippets

Google is yet again testing image thumbnails in their search results snippets. This is a test that has been ongoing for several years now in many different forms. Here it is again and like every case before it, I personally cannot replicate it. Ajay Singh Rawat @Ajaysinghrawat and @reshav_si noticed this over the past two […]

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Google Search Console Tests New Domain Property

Google hinted they were working on a new concept for property sets within the new Google Search Console. Well, here is a screen shot of one person gaining access to what Google is calling the “new Domain Property.” Tristram de Silva shared this screen shot on Twitter where it explains a “domain property includes all […]

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Google Tests Rounded Search Box That Sticks To Top

Looks like more and more searchers are seeing a brand new design test from Google in their core search results. This test shows a rounded search box that sticks to the top as you scroll through the search results. Screen shots of the test first originated via Reddit, which was first covered at Search Engine […]

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