Google Pushing Book Search Results in Web Search Results?

Sep 26, 2008 • 8:20 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

A WebmasterWorld thread is reporting seeing an spike in the number of instances Google is showing Google Book Search results within the web results. A few other members have agreed in seeing a larger number of book results in the Google web results.

Robert Charlton speculates Google may be testing if searchers like these results. And based on click data, they may decide to keep the results more prominent or not.

I think it is a seasonal thing. As one member points out, "these have been there for weeks and are increasing their density by the week." What is about this time of the year? Back to school maybe? In fact, almost exactly last year, we reported the same exact issue. Last year on September 24th I wrote, Google Book Search Results in Organic Results? It was discussing how members noticed an increase in book results coming up.

Google started experimenting with Google Book Search results in web search back in December 2004.

So do you think this is a seasonal thing for back to school season or just a test?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Matt Cutts

09/26/2008 01:58 pm

I'm on the road today and back at the plex on Monday, but I'll be happy to ask about this and whether there's any issue that needs to be fixed. I haven't seen more book resultss showing up in my searches, but I'm happy to ask.

Shalom Issenberg

09/28/2008 05:24 am

For the last 6 months or so - results based on searched done from an Israeli IP have included multiple Google book results - literally a few on every search page. At first when I noticed this I though it was a glitch - but its never been corrected.

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