Daily Search Forum Recap: January 3, 2019

Jan 3, 2019 • 4:00 pm | comments (0) by | Filed Under Search Forum Recap

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.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • January 2019 Google Webmaster Report
    In our first monthly recap for 2019 we covered a couple smaller unconfirmed Google updates. It was a slower month with the holidays and New Years but Google launched some new features...
  • Google Zero Results For Record A Video Result
    We know Google launched zero results for time/date, conversion or math related answers. But did you know it might also work for task related queries, such as record a video. Cian Murphy shared a screen shot on Twitter of Google on Android showing him a zero search results page asking him if he wants to record a video.
  • Google Explains Why Some Image Search Results Look Racist
    Someone pointed out to Google's Danny Sullivan that searching Google Image search for [white couples] vs [black couples] shows racist bias by Google. Danny Sullivan explained why the results were not racist on Twitter.
  • Bing: We Ignore Default Robots Directives If There Is A Bingbot Section
    Frédéric Dubut from Bing's search team said on Twitter that if you create a specific robots.txt directive for Bingbot, their crawler, then Bing will only look at that specific section. So you should make sure that when you do that, copy all the directives from the default to the Bingbot section that you want Bing to comply with.
  • Google Local Asks For Food Or Other Photos From Local Guides
    I cannot replicate this, but I suspect certain level Google Local Guides are being asked to upload specific photos to local businesses they are viewing. Here is a screen shot from Carrie Hill where she is being asked to upload a photo of food to this Starbucks local panel.
  • Google London Building Construction Has Android Logos As Floors Labels
    Google is building up their London headquarters and you can see on this photo from Instagram that the floors are marked off with Android logos. You can see floor two with a blue Android logo and floo

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