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:
- Amit Singhal, The Head Of Google Search To Retire But Why?
I am sure you've heard the news that Google's head of search, Amit Singhal, has announced on Google+ that after 15 years he is leaving the company. He is retiring. Why...
- Live: Google Tests AMP Label & News Carousel
Google is expected to release the AMP (accelerated mobile pages) related news results by the end of this month but some are seeing them show up in their mobile search results now...
- Google Trusted Verifier Program For In Person Business Verification
Google added a new help page describing a new program called "Trusted Verifier." It seems a Trusted Verifier is a volunteer vetted by Google as someone they trust to validate and verify, in person, if a business really exists...
- Google Officially Adds JSON-LD Support For Reviews & Products Structured Data Markup
As we expected, Google confirmed last night that they now support using JSON-LD for some structured data markup including reviews and product rich snippets.
- Should Facebook Be A Source For Featured Snippets?
Glenn Gabe shared a screen shot of a featured snippet in Google on Twitter the other day. In short...
- Google Showing "Including Results For" Feature For Navigational Queries
Google has forever shown "including results for" at the top of the search results for misspellings but now it seems to be trying to be even more smarter. It is taking queries and thinking you are looking for a brand and suggests the navigational query...
- An SEO Dressed Up As GoogleBot
Here is a picture of an SEO all dressed up as GoogleBot. It was posted on Google+ by Wolfgang Gestrich. He asked Google's John Mueller if he needed a spare GoogleBot. Maybe he wants to work for Googl
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Google Open Invite: Google My Business Discussion Panel at the Plex, localsearchforum.com
- Hello Kirkland, WA! We’ve chosen your beautiful city by Lake Washington as the…, Google+ - Self Driving Car
- Sign-up for a Google User Study, Google Web Search Help
- Widespread Google Reviews Bug (Now Fixed), localsearchforum.com
- Curious about Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)? You'll definitely hear a lot from…, Google+ - John Mueller