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:
- Google AMP Goes Live Now
I am now seeing reports around the web that Google AMP, the web page speed initiative backed by Google, is now live in the Google mobile search results. It was expected to go live any time now but AdAge reported that it would be tomorrow. I guess it is going live today...
- Google To Close Google Compare On March 23rd After 4+ Years
Almost 5 years ago, Google launched Google Advisor, which ultimately turned into Google Compare. In short, it was an affiliate model for Google to allow advertisers to promote credit cards, auto insurance, mortgages and travel insurance products and services on a CPA model...
- Study Says Outbound Links Helps Google Rankings, Despite What Google Says
Not even a month ago, we reported that John Mueller of Google said that outbound links are not a ranking factor. He clearly said that and Google said it also last year. But a new study by Reboot Online says they have pretty good evidence suggesting otherwise...
- Google Finance Replaces News Box With Ads
I am hearing reports that Google Finance has replaced the News section on the right panel with an advertisement box. I checked Google Images for Google Finance screen shots and confirmed that in the past six months Google had a news box on the right side towards the top of a stock ticker page...
- GIF: Google Light Up Sign
Francisco "Paco" Solsona from the Google Mexico office shared a picture, animated one, of a sign at the Google office there. He said he turned off all the lights and the sign looks awesome. He shared
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- @rustybrick @Google forcing users to review there crappy policies otherwise you cant continue using there service!!? https://t.co/2RJVcpbeG3, Cyber SEO on Twitter
- And like that @seroundtable is AMP ready - see https://t.co/bLahJCWlUw https://t.co/0fqR1YFCEh, Barry Schwartz on Twitter
- We launched http://amp-by-example.appspot.com. A hands-on introduction to…, Google+ - Sebastian Benz