Google Favicons & Black Ad Label Now Live On Desktop Search

Jan 14, 2020 • 7:32 am | comments (5) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Its Alive

We knew it was coming and now it is live, well, almost fully live. Google is now officially rolling out the favicons and black ad label search interface on desktop. Google has been testing it for months and months on desktop after it launched in mobile search in May 2019. Now it is live on desktop as well.

New user interface with black ad label and favicons:

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Old user interface:

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Don't try to have fun with the black ad label, Google has guidelines around what favicons you can use or not use and will penalize those that play games.

Here is Google's announcement:

Rand Fishkin thinks this is a way for Google to increase CTR on the Google Ads. Well, everyone thinks that but he showed data from previous changes that shows this will happen.

I personally do not like favicons in the search results.

Forum discussion at Twitter and Local Search Forums.

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