Daily Search Forum Recap: June 18, 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 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.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google Duplex Bookings Tested In Mobile Search
    Google is testing bookings using Google Duplex, but I have yet to see how it looks as a user when they use Google search to book a reservation. Thibault Adda shared screen shots of this being tests on an Olive Garden in Florida.
  • New Google User Interface Updates: Refine Layers, Mini-Carousels, Shopping Toggle, Mortgage Calculator & More
    There are just so many Google user interface tests that are going on now, some are live, some are being tested, I don't have enough time to put them into their own stories. So let me document some of them below, not all of them. In summary, the ones I am covering below are expanding the refine by layers to mobile, a mini-carousel for people also ask, a shopping box that lets you toggle between Google Shopping and comparison sites, a new mortgage calculator and more.
  • Google Search Console Missing Image Search Traffic Between June 5th & 7th
    Google posted on the data anomalies page that due to an internal issue Search Console did not capture some image search statistics from June 5th through June 7th.
  • Google Doesn't Have A Fixed Time To Snapshot Rendered Content But...
    The folks at Screaming Frog said on Twitter that their tests indicate GoogleBot is willing to wait about five seconds for its snapshot of rendered content. John Mueller of Google said that time sounds reasonable but they do not have a specific time because "it can vary significantly for reasons like caching."
  • Google Falafel Doodle
    Today on Google's home page is an animated falafel. I'll be honest, I am not a huge falafel fan and yes, I've had my share since I visit the middle east (Israel) every now and then. But for some reason, today, June 18th, Google decided to celebrate the food.
  • Google Sofa Shrubs
    Here is a photo from a Google event in Dublin with a sofa, a couch, made out of shrubs or bushes. I totally expect the Google office there to have some of these sofa bushes to be planted throughout t

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