Daily Search Forum Recap: September 16, 2023

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.

Seems the “things to know” section in Google is not showing up for most queries now. Google is testing blue highlighted text for normal search result snippets. Google is testing EU energy labels on products. Bing Search is testing lock icons for secure search results. Google AdSense improved its verification process. And I have another vlog with David Iwanow.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Report: Google Search Things To Know Rarely Showing Now?

    It seems like the Google Search feature for “things to know” has significantly dropped and is rarely showing now both on desktop and mobile. I am personally not seeing things to know boxes for my test queries and according to RankRanger, Things to know is no longer showing up for most, if not all, search result pages.
  • Google AdSense Gains Real Time Verification & Meta Tag Verification

    Google AdSense has improved its site verification methods with a real-time site check, meta tag verification method, and Ads.txt improvements.
  • Google Tests Blue Highlighting Text Within Search Result Snippets

    Google seems to be testing highlighting portions of text in the search result snippets. This seems different from the highlighting of featured snippets, people also ask, things to know or sections of the explore feature. This is Google using blue highlight on the normal search results snippets.
  • Bing Tests Lock Icon In Search Results For Secure Websites

    Bing is testing showing a lock icon in the Bing Search results for snippets from secure websites. Previously, Bing tested secure site labels and HTTPS labels in those positions but now Bing is testing showing a lock icon.

  • Google Search Tests European Union Energy Labels On Products

    Google is testing displaying the European Union energy labels or icons on some product search results. The energy efficiency of the appliance is rated in terms of a set of energy efficiency classes from A to G on the label, A being the most energy efficient, G the least efficient.
  • Vlog #241: David Iwanow On Big Companies With Google Algorithm Updates & SEO Agencies Tactics

    In part one, we got to learn about David Iwanow and why it is important to reinvent yourself in this space, over and over again. In part two…

  • Renegade Dalek Working At Google

    Here is a photo taken by Danny Sullivan, Google’s Search Liaison, at the Google UK office. You can see a Renegade Dalek working at the Google office there.

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