Daily Search Forum Recap: September 26, 2018

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm 1 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 Images Algorithm Now Uses Page Authority & Image Placement On A Page
    Google said on Monday that they have updated their image search algorithm to use the authority of a web page as a more important factor. They also said they are looking at prioritizing images from fresher content and Google looks at the placement of the image on the page. So an image that is central to the page, and higher up on the page is valued more to Google.
  • Google Topic Layer To Knowledge Graph, Enabling Dynamic Categorization & More
    As part of the blitz of new announcements from Google this past Monday, Google also introduced what they call the Topic Layer in the Knowledge Graph. With that, they can also dynamically categorize knowledge panels based on sub-categories and topics to better provide search answers to their users.
  • Google Related Activity & Collections In Search
    Earlier this month we saw Google testing what we called relevant history, but now Google is calling it related activity cards. In short, Google announced Monday a new card that shows past searches related to your current search.
  • Google Stops Showing Sexual Assault Attorney Local Listings
    Google may have stopped showing listings for searches for Sexual Assault Attorney in Google, both Google Maps and web search. The local panel does not seem to come up very often anymore and/or some listings have been recently removed.
  • Google Double URL In A Single Snippet
    I've never seen this before, Google showing a double URL in a single search result snippet. In fact, I was able to reproduce this by turning off safe search and trying the query multiple ways. This was spotted by @dudesweet on Twitter.
  • Google's 20th Birthday Logo Remembers Popular Searches
    Tomorrow, September 27th is Google's official 20th birthday or anniversary. To celebrate the day, Google has a special Google logo, Doodle, remembering the day they launched with a video of someone searching on the original Google.com. It also takes you through some of the more popular searches throughout the past 20 years.
  • The Google 20th Anniversary Search Event
    Here is a photo from outside of the building where Google held their 20th anniversary search event. A lot of news came out of the event, which I will cover today. I was not able to attend, since I wa

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