SearchCap: Google Local Pigeon Update & AdWords Dynamic Sitelinks

scap240pxBelow is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google’s Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories

    As the analysis continues on yesterday’s Google local search algorithm changes — that we’re calling the Pigeon update — one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google’s search results. More specifically, it looks like Google has fixed its “Yelp problem” and is now showing Yelp pages at the […]

  • Pigeon: Search Engine Land’s Name For The New Google Local Search Update

    Last night, Google released a pretty significant local search algorithm update. Google told us there was no internal name for the update but now that we see that this update was fairly significant, so we decided to give it a name: Pigeon. Pigeon is the name we decided on because this is a local search […]

  • Google Quick Answers Adds Images

    Google’s quick answer results have recently added images to some of the answers. Alex Chitu spotted this and I was able to replicate it for many queries. Such as for [how old is barack obama] to [how many children does michael jordan have?] Here are both desktop views and mobile views of the images in […]

  • “Let Me Google That For You” Bill Aims To Replace Government Agency With Google Search

    Senators Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill have introduced new legislation aimed at saving taxpayers $66 million a year. What’s their plan? It’s the “Let me Google that for you” Act, and its goal is to replace the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) agency with a simple Google search. Started in 1950, the NTIS collects and […]

  • Search In Pics: Hillary Clinton At Google, Google’s Iron Chef & Alice Cooper Band At Google

    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. The Next Iron Google Chef: Source: Google+ Hillary Clinton Interviewed By Google’s Eric Schmidt: Source: Google+ […]

  • Google’s Matt Cutts: Link Building Is Sweat Plus Creativity

    Back in June, Google head of webspam Matt Cutts participated in the annual You&A at SMX Advanced in Seattle, an hour-long event in which he was interviewed by SEL founding editor Danny Sullivan live in front of a large audience. A variety topics were covered, including important Google news, changes, and updates. The video itself is now on […]

  • Google: We’re Working On Multiple Language Translation Detection

    Jon Wiley, Principal Designer for Google Search, participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion, where in one question, he was asked to share something cool he is working on. He shared that Google is working on a feature to listen to multiple languages at the same time and be able to process them […]

  • Since May 91,000 Right-To-Be-Forgotten Takedown Requests

    The Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) content removal requests in Europe keep coming in. It’s difficult right now to know whether they’re leveling off or continuing to increase. On the first day of availability Google’s RTBF online form, it received 12,000 submissions. Sources familiar with the status of Google’s program told us that there had […]

  • Google “Pigeon” Updates Local Search Algorithm With Stronger Ties To Web Search Signal

    Google has released a new algorithm to provide a more useful, relevant and accurate local search results that are tied more closely to traditional web search ranking signals. The changes will be visible within the Google Maps search results and Google Web search results. Note: We’ve named this update the Pigeon update. The core changes […]

  • Google AdWords Debuts Dynamic Sitelinks Globally: What You Need To Know

    Meet Dynamic Sitelinks, the latest ad snippet from Google AdWords. Dynamic sitelinks are another one of those add-ons — like seller ratings and consumer ratings annotations — in which advertisers don’t have control over what displays or when the content is triggered. Here’s what you need to know: Dynamic sitelinks are automatically generated, typically when […]

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