Google Drops Profile Photos, Google+ Circle Count From Authorship In Search Results

google-authorship-featured Google's John Mueller has announced that Google is making a major change in the search results around authorship. Specifically, Google is dropping the profile photo and circle count from the search listings where authorship is assigned to a web page. Mueller said that the "click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one." For some reason, I highly doubt that, but webmasters can be the judge of that as this gets rolled out. Here is the new design for authorship. Notice that all you see is a clickable author name: Here is the old format, where [...]

Google’s Knowledge Graph Is Showing Step By Step Instructions: Here Are Some Examples

google-data-knowledge-brain-featured Earlier this year, Google began offering much more detailed answers in the top Knowledge Graph box. Shortly after that was introduced, Google also began expanding those answers into a bulleted list format. We've been seeing these bulleted lists, especially in "how-to" like queries for months now and here are some interesting examples. In the example above, notice how the first result is not being used for the answer here. Google is making an effort to give the publisher a nice big link, but the truth is the user really has no need to click through to the publisher's site to get the a [...]

Google Search Results Snippet Overlay Descriptions May Use DMOZ Description

google-snippet-dmoz About a year ago, Google introduced a new feature in the search results that give you quick overlays on the search result so that you can learn more about the site you are about to click on before you click on it. Early on, the results of the data in the snippet came from Wikipedia but it seems now Google is sourcing some of their information from DMOZ. Alex Chitu spotted that a search for [google blog] returns the Google Blog but when you click on the arrow down, it shows a description from DMOZ. DMOZ is not the most updated source of information, which is why it is interesting t [...]

Re-imagining Google: America’s Favorite Homepage Gets A Redesign By Letter Society Blog

google-letter-design-challenge-600 Early last month, the design blog Letter Society posted a challenge asking its select group of designers to submit redesigns of The site, which positions itself as a "collaborative and challenge based" blog, asked the designers to do a "reskinning" of the current site: With there being already a minimal approach to the page, re-imagining should require us to think hard, critically and outside of the box to create a quality solution. Seven redesigns were submitted, each with an explanation from the designer on the choices they made. Submissions included a range of ideas, from [...]

Google Tests Video Search Results Without Thumbnail Images

google-homepage-search-600 For the longest time, videos found within Google's search results contained thumbnail images of a frame within the video. That is how Google has displayed richer search results, ever since the days of Universal Search. It seems like Google is testing making those video results a bit less rich by removing the video thumbnail image and replacing it with a small, gray, play button followed by the time of the video. Craig Gilhooly posted a screen shot of the new user interface test on Twitter. Here is a picture: Here is what it currently looks like to the average searcher: [...]

Google Tests Product Images Within Organic Listings

google-organic-product-images-1396354303 It seems Google is testing showing product images in the organic, free search result listings, for certain e-commerce sites. This was first spotted in a Moz thread for a site that sells ski equipment named Here is a picture of the organic listing that shows not just rich snippet data for pricing and stock but also a product image: I personally cannot reproduce this but some others can. We asked Google for a comment but have not heard back from them about this within 24 hours. We see these product images often in Google Product Listing Ads but never within the free listing [...]

Google Now Allows You To Rearrange The Google Navigation Bar

google-new-navbar-2 Google announced last night that you can now, or in the upcoming weeks as Google rolls it out, customize and rearrange the order of the products and apps within the Google navigation bar as you like. Meaning, if you want to move up the Google Maps icon and move down the Google Sites icon in that navigation bar, you can by dragging and dropping the icons where you want them. Here is an animated GIF of it in action: If you do not see this yet, do not worry, Google says they are "rolling this out over the next couple weeks, so please hold tight if you aren't seeing it yet." [...]

What Do Users Really Think Of The New Google Design?

google-homepage-search-600 When Google started testing the new look for its search results pages which ditches the shading behind the ads and replaces it with yellow "ad" icons, contradictory outcries of this sort began popping up, "Ad click-through rates are going to plummet because the ads are too obvious with those bright icons." "The ads look like organic listings without the yellow background shading. Nobody will notice those tiny icons." Google made the transition to the new look official last week. The other changes that came with the update are the removal of underlines, larger title fonts (and shorter titl [...]

Google Testing I’m Feeling Lucky Search Button Within Search Suggestions Drop Down

google-imfl-instant A reader sent us a screen shot of Google testing displaying the Google Search and I'm Feeling Lucky search buttons within the search suggest or Google Instant drop down menu, as you type. Here is a screen shot sent by the reader showing the search buttons directly in the search suggestions drop down: It doesn't surprise me when I see unusual Google tests and yet here is one more. The buttons are available on the home page. But no one really gets a chance to use them since Google Instant launched. But now, maybe that they are being tested in the Google Instant search sug [...]

Google Makes It Official: New Search Results Design Goes Live For All

google-new-design-experiment A day after Google said the new look was still an experiment, it has decided that the experiment was good enough to make for an official change. Now everyone should be getting the new design. Jon Wiley, Google's lead design for Google Search, said on Google+, "you may have noticed that Google Search on desktop looks a little different today." Jon is talking about Google rolling out the new design to desktop searchers. The new design, as Jon describes it has a larger titles, the underlines were removed, and Google "evened out all the line heights." Jon said this "improves readability and [...]

Google’s New Look Search Results: Still An Experiment

google-balls More and more searchers, SEOs, webmasters and advertisers are seeing the new Google design test we've covered here a couple times where the ads blend in more to the search results and the font size is larger and the underlined links are gone. Last night, at Search Marketing Expo West, Google's head of search, Amit Singhal told the audience that "we're always experimenting" and this design test is just that, one of Google's experiments. In our live blog coverage, Matt McGee summarized it as: We are always testing things. We need to experiment to improve the product. Rest assured there’ [...]

Google To Launch New Search Results Design With Larger Fonts & No Underlines Soon?

google-balls Over the past few months, Google has been testing many, many layouts that made the search results look a bit easier to read by increasing the font size and removing some of the underlines for the hyperlinked content. It seems Google has increased those tests, as we are seeing more and more searchers post about seeing these updates on Twitter, Facebook and other areas. Both Danny Sullivan, Matt McGeee and myself are able to replicate the new design either using our native browsers or via incognito mode in Chrome. Here is a side by side image of the old and new user interface for Google's [...]

Google Showing Large Video Embeds In Some Search Results

youtube-keywords-featured Now, if you search Google for video related content, Google may return a large, playable, video directly at the top of the search results. For example, searching for [sing it loud come around] shows a large YouTube video that you can play directly in the search results. Searching for [neil young cinnamon girl] also shows a YouTube video, as does [the killers mr brightside] and many other searches. I have yet to see any other source, outside of YouTube show up in any of my tests. Last year, Google began testing video thumbnails on tablet devices. This was spotted by Moz and [...]

Google Search Redesigns Stock Quotes “Card,” Drops Competitor Links, Then Brings Them Back

old-google-stock-quotes Yesterday, Google launched a new design of the stock quotes "card" at the top of its search results. The new card dropped links to competing financial websites, something Google previously had in place since 2000. But after attention was drawn to the fact, Google quietly restored the links. Google Operating System noted the change and the drop of competitor links yesterday, as did TechCrunch. And that's what we saw when we first posted this story at 9:22am ET today: Compare the new card above to the old one below, and you can see how the links to competitors were removed: Goog [...]

Google Now Changing The Top Search Filters Based On Query

google logo - basic 570x270 Google is now dynamically changing the top search menu/filters based on the search query entered by the searcher. So now, what options you see at the top might differ or be in a different order based on the query you enter into Google's search box. A Google spokesperson told us this based on noticing that some Google search filters went missing recently. Google said: We’re always making changes to Search to help you find the most useful things more easily. Now when you search, the type of results you can select at the top of the page will vary depending on what makes sense for your se [...]

Google’s Christmas & Kwanzaa Decorations Are Live For 2013

google-christmas-2013-600x A few weeks ago, Google added their Hanukkah decorations but now that Christmas and Kwanzaa are just around the corner, Google has now outfitted their top bar for the special holidays. The Christmas theme can be seen on Google by searching [christmas] and the Kwanzaa theme can be seen on Google by searching [kwanzaa]. The Christmas top bar is actually animated, here is a snippet of that animation of Santa's sled going through the snow: The Kwanzaa theme has the colorful designs, candles and a nice meal: You can see last year's Christmas and Kwanzaa Google decorations as wel [...]

Grace Hopper Honored With Google Logo To Mark The Computer Scientist’s 107th Birthday

Grace Hopper Google Logo Not only a pioneer in the field of computer programming, Grace Hopper was the oldest active-duty commissioned officer in the US Navy at the time of her retirement. While serving in the Navy Reserves, Hopper was one of the original programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and is credited with developing the first compiler for a computer programming language. Hopper's accomplishments include working on the programming language that would eventually lead to the development COBOL. Google's logo in honor of Grace Hopper shows the computer scientist at work on the Harvard Mark I computer, progr [...]

Google Officially Testing Images In Web Search Results Snippets

Google Logo - Stock Google has confirmed they are running a user interface in the search results to show images within the web search snippets. Reader, Samuel Edwards from Tenthwave Digital sent us a screen shot of this unusual Google search results test. A Google spokesperson confirmed this is indeed one of Google's many tests. Here is a picture showing how Google is inserting images from the page directly on the search results: A Google spokesperson told us, "As you know, we're always running experiments with the look and feel of search -- this is one of those." Indeed, Google is always testing [...]

Maria Callas Gets A Google Logo To Celebrate The Opera Singer’s 90th Birthday

Maria Callas Today's Google logo honors opera great Maria Callas on what would have been the singer's 90th birthday. Born Sophia Cecelia Kalos in New York City on this date in 1923, Maria Callas was a Greek soprano who would become one of the most celebrated opera singers of her time. Along with her mother and sister, Callas moved to Greece as a child following her mother and father's split. She began her musical education in Athens, and would go on to study under Elvira de Hidalgo at the Athens Conservatoire, honing her talents as a Bel Canto performer. Callas would have more than 50 opera performance [...]

Google’s Festivus Pole Goes Live In The Search Results

google-festivus-pole It is that time of the year again, if you search for [Festivus] in Google, you will see a Festivus pole show up on the left hand side rail. Here is a picture: Google adds the Festivus pole every year but it seems this year it went live a bit early. That being said, you can search for Hanukkah decorations since Hanukkah is early this year. Christmas and Kwanzaa decorations are not live yet. [...]

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