Daily Search Forum Recap: October 31, 2019

Oct 31, 2019 - 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: There Are No BERT Values Or Scores
    Danny Sullivan from Google said on Twitter that BERT does not assign values or scores to specific pages or web sites. It doesn't work that way. BERT is simply (well, not so simply) about Google understanding languages better. Danny wrote "BERT doesn't assign values to pages. It's just a way for us to better understand language."
  • Google Ads New Lead Form Extensions Beta
    Google announced, ten days after it launched, a new beta called lead form extensions. This gives customers who click on your ads a faster way to give you their information, so you can follow up with them later with more details.
  • Google Maps Now Shows Business Short Names
    Earlier this year Google added short names as an option for businesses in Google My Business. So if you wanted to give someone a quick way to see your business on Google Maps you would send them g.page/[yourcustomname]. Now this short name shows in the about tab in your Google My Business listing.
  • Google: No Plans To Add Google Discover Referrer
    Google's John Mueller was asked if Google would add to Google Discover traffic a referrer that shows that click as coming from Google Discover versus Google search. John said no, Google has no plans on doing that. He said you can get to the data within Google Search Console's Discover reports.
  • Google Site Speed Video Starring John Mueller & Martin Splitt
    Google posted another #AskGoogleWebmasters video, this one on site speed and this one is different. It is (1) much longer than the average #AskGoogleWebmasters video and (2) it has both John Mueller and Martin Splitt from Google in the video.
  • Googleween
    Today is Halloween and Google calls it Googleween for some reason, I don't get it really, do you? :) In any event, here is a photo of a location around the GooglePlex where Google set up some props.

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