Daily Search Forum Recap: February 28, 2022

Feb 28, 2022 - 4:00 pm 0 by

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.

Google took action in the Russia invasion of Ukraine with some new ad policies and restrictions. Google's local pack map is now interactive and no longer a static map photo. Google is hosting an SEO workshop with Google internal SEO experts. Google is testing placing the search bar filters and options at the top right side of the search box. As a reminder, the top stories box no longer has an eligibility requirement. Plus I posted a new vlog interview today.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google Search Local Pack Is Now Interactive (Not A Static Map)
    Allie Margeson from Whitespark noticed that the Google local pack in the search results is no longer a static map. The map is now interactive and lets searchers zoom in and out, move the map around, hover over businesses to see the names and reviews and even click on the map to go to a specific local business.
  • Google Internal SEO Experts Hosting SEO Workshop - Is That Okay?
    David Mihm pointed out on Twitter that Google is hosting a partner workshop event named "Drive Traffic to Your Website with SEO." The interesting bit is that the workshop says it is "hosted by one of Google's internal SEO experts, this workshop will give you a behind-the-scenes view into how Google approaches SEO for its own sites."
  • Google Tests Search Bar Filters & Options On Top Right Side
    I am seeing multiple reports of Google placing the search bar filters, you know, the bar that says "all, videos, news, images, more, etc" which is normally placed under the search box, is being tested on the right hand side of the search box. It doesn't look like a bug but Google has had many weird quirks recently.
  • Google Blocks Search Ads From So-Called Donetsk People's Republic & Luhansk People's Republic
    Google has posted a new legal requirement policy that blocks search ads related to what is going on with Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The policy says that entities and individuals who are restricted cannot create or use a Google Ads account or have Google Ads used on their behalf for those who are located in or reside in so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LNR).
  • PSA: Google Top Stories Eligibility For All Pages, Not Just AMP Or Good Page Experience Scores
    This is just a reminder, since I covered this back last April but I forgot myself, there is really no top stories eligibility requirements in Google Search anymore. It use to be that you needed to have AMP pages to be eligible in top stories on mobile. But that went away and you also do not need to have good page experience to be in top stories either.
  • Vlog #161: Taylor Kurtz On SEO Gratitude & Getting Up Early To Work
    Taylor Kurtz (@realtaylorkurtz) is the Founder of Crush the Rankings and he stopped by my office to talk SEO. Crush the Rankings is now about four years old and he started this company based on him working on a site that was 'black listed' in Google...
  • Making A Video At Google For Edible Food Surplus
    Here is a photo from a video production company at a job they had at the GooglePlex, the Google headquarters, where they shot a video recording some Google chefs on the top of edible surplus food.

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