Google Social Sitelinks & Language Sitelinks

Dec 6, 2010 - 7:07 am 0 by

Google Social Sitelinks:

As I covered yesterday at Search Engine Land, Google announced they now will add Social Sitelinks to the Sitelinks within the search results, when they find them to be relevant.

Google recommends you search for [twitter] or [youtube] to trigger them. I see them for only a search on twitter:

Social Sitelinks in Google

Google explained:

Usually when you search for a social site like Twitter or MySpace, you’re looking for information from your friends and social network, like their tweets and profile pages. This week we added new social sitelinks to search results, giving you more direct access to content from your friends. A social sitelink includes your friend’s name and profile photo, and it links to her content on a particular website. Social sitelinks are based on the same technology as Google Social Search; we use your social circle to identify relevant websites and user pages.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Language Based Sitelinks:

The second topic is related to Sitelinks. A WebmasterWorld thread has one SEO claiming that for the same site that comes up in different Google localized versions of Google, Google will show different Sitelinks.

For example, if one searches in and site A comes up, it will show different Sitelinks if someone searches in and site A comes up.

The SEO explained:

I have just noticed that one of multilingual sites we are managing has a completely different set of sitelinks depending on whether the site is shown on,, or Not just different pages and different anchors are shown as sitelinks, but there is also a different number of sitelinks shown when the site is displayed in search results on each of above mentioned google domains.

The issue is, he can't control the various Sitelinks in Google Webmaster Tools by location or language. He is stuck with them in the other languages.

The thing is, I am pretty sure Google would tailor Sitelinks based on query. So this in itself might not be all that new. Still the same issue applies of controlling Sitelinks in Google Webmaster Tools.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.


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