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.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Google Continues To Tests Favicons In Search Results After Removing Them
In January Google started to display favicons in the desktop search results, only to mostly remove them a month later after a lot of criticism. But since then Google has been testing showing these favicons to a limited number of searchers and they continue to do so today, even four months later.
- Google Local Services Ads COVID-19 Services Selections
Google has added options for some local businesses to highlight the types of services they are offering during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is within the Google Local Services Ads and you can select, depending on your business type, what levels and types of services you offer.
- Google Tests Side Bar Filters Design In Search Again
Back in September we reported Google was testing a new search results design that had search filters on the left hand side, with more colors. I personally cannot replicate it but it seems more and more people are seeing this test now.
- Bing Places Integrates GoFundMe
Bing announced it has partnered with GoFundMe to integrate it into Bing Places. This enables businesses that need funding from its community an easy way to highlight that need in Bing Search and Bing Maps.
- Google Clogs Logo Signage
All the way from the Google Netherlands office, from a few months ago, here is a photo of the Google Clogs logo. I found it on Instagram some time ago and it really stands out.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- If it’s evergreen, it probably doesn’t matter when exactly you publish it 🙂, John Mueller on Twitter
- For individual pages, I’d just use the submit-to-indexing feature in the URL inspection tool. It’s not guaranteed that we’d reprocess it right away, but it’s pretty common., John Mueller on Twitter
- Google Releases BeyondCorp Remote Access for Browser-Based Apps, WebmasterWorld
- No – hreflang annotations do not replace a usable UI., John Mueller on Twitter
- Really bad GMB reviews, options?, Local Search Forum
- We’d still get the HTML “for free” with the GET request. We don’t crawl the web with HEAD requests (though we might use them to check things like if-modified-since). Rendering (p, John Mueller on Twitter
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