Google “Jump To” Links Within Search Snippets

The Google Blog announced two new features within the Google search results we have spotted earlier. The first are the anchor based links and the second are the snippet based links. Google Testing Enhanced Listings, "Pagelinks" article from back in December 2008, told us this was coming as well. Here are pictures of both, that clearly describe each: Anchor Based Jump To Links or Sitelinks: Snippet Based Jump To or Sitelinks: Both these types of links take you to the same page of the main link, but they anchor you down or jump you to a specific point on the page. This is do [...]


Google Sitelinks Now In Snippets

The iCrossing blog noticed Google is trying displaying anchor based links directly in the Google search engine snippets (site descriptions). For example, a search for [pension contributions] returns a Wikipedia result with a link directly in the snippet. Here is a picture: Google recently added anchor based Sitelinks, so this seems to be some sort of variation to that addition. I am not sure if I personally like the links in the snippet. Hat tip to @rishil for sending this my way. [...]


Google AdWords Has Their Own Flavor Of Sitelinks

Darrin Ward noticed Google is displaying a form of Sitelinks in the AdWords ad position. I personally see it myself for a search at Google for [staples.com]. Here is a screen shot: This seems to be some sort of extension of the one line site links or the product plusbox feature. I will ask Google about this, but I expect the response to read something like, "We are continuously testing ways to improve the search experience with our search ads." Postscript: Here is the official Google statement on this test: As part of our ongoing commitment to help users find the information th [...]


Google’s One line Sitelinks Now Support HTML Anchors

The Google Operating System blog noticed that some of the One line Sitelinks are now supporting links within the same page, that anchor the searcher down to a portion of the page. For example, a search for [charles darwin] in Google returns a Wikipedia result at the top. The result has the classic one line Sitelinks, but instead of the Sitelinks hyperlinking to different pages, they hyperlink to the same page, but anchor down the page to a specific section. For example, clicking on religious views anchors the searcher to the "Religious views" section on the page, by appending the # sign t [...]


Google Expands Sitelinks Beyond Top Search Result

You've probably seen it yourself already, and now Google has confirmed some changes to how sitelinks appear in their search results. In the past, sitelinks only showed below the No. 1 listing in the search results, and they typically appeared in two columns with up to eight total links. That won't change, but moving forward, it's also not the only way sitelinks will show up. There are two changes: Sitelinks might now show for several listings, not just the top listing on a search results page They might appear as a single row of up to four sitelinks, rather than in two columns Goog [...]


Google Testing Single Line Sitelinks?

Dan Sharp at the Search Engine War blog noticed Google testing a new type of Sitelinks format. Google Sitelinks are the links you find under some of the Google search results. Typically, they are listed out in two columns and four rows, directly under the display URL. To see it in action, try this query. But Search Engine War noticed Google testing four sitelinks on a single line (one column), directly under the snippet and above the display URL. They have a picture, which I seem to not be able to reproduce here. What I find interesting is that this format is one the the earliest tes [...]


Google Testing Enhanced Listings, “Pagelinks” & Auto-Spelling Correction

Google is testing a number of changes to its search results, including a way for select publishers to enhance their page descriptions, a way for searchers to jump to sub-sections of a web page and automatically correcting misspelled queries, to some degree.  Enhanced Listings The most dramatic of the changes involving reviews of products and services that appear on Yelp, Citysearch, CNET, TripAdvisor and Download.com. The system, which Google has yet to give an official name, allows these publishers to flag data on their web pages that can be extracted and shown within the page's [...]


Google Testing Sitelinks In Search Suggestions

It was just a few months ago when Google.com added search suggestions to the main page. Now, I am receiving reports that Google is testing enhancing those suggestions by showing URLs in the suggestions, in some cases. For example, Sam at Oh! Nuts emailed me a screen shot of Google showing his URL in the Google Suggestions for when he typed in [oh nut], here is a screen capture: I was unable to reproduce this myself in Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer - but Sam told me he is only able to see this in Internet Explorer. I assume "navigational queries" would all do somethin [...]


Google Answers On Image Search, Sitelinks, Reinclusions, Redirects & Communication

The Google Webmaster Central blog documented five new Google Group posts, based on the Popular Picks thread, asking webmasters for questions they want answered. So Google answered five of the most popular questions. The answers are on image search ranking, Sitelinks, reconsideration requests, redirects and communication. I am not going to go through each with my analysis, because I already did that at the Search Engine Roundtable. Here are my analysis posts at the Search Engine Roundtable on each thread: Google Answers: Why Are My Images Missing From Google? related to image sear [...]


Google Testing Showing Blog Results Instead Of Sitelinks?

Jesse from the Pink Cake Box sent me a screen shot of Google testing a different form of Google Sitelinks. Instead of showing Google Sitelinks under a search listing, Google was showing relevant blog posts from her blog. Here are pictures illustrating this: (1) This is a typical Google Sitelink for a search on pink cake cookie boxes: (2) Jesse emailed me this screen shot showing me that Google may have added some relevant blog posts under the search result, as opposed to showing the typical Sitelinks. Also, do note that Jesse is using a "greasemonkey" script that does change t [...]


Confirmed: Google Sitelinks Grow To Eight Links

Google has confirmed for us that that Google Sitelinks will now show up to eight links. The other day, we reported seeing more than the usual five sitelinks, in some cases. The change coincidentally coincides with a new feature that will allow you to manage sitelinks in Google's webmaster tools. [...]


Google Mobile Testing 10 Sitelinks In Search Results

It appears that Google is testing placing 10 Google Sitelinks within some mobile devices. I have taken a screen shot of this experiment on Danny's smartphone. I cannot reproduce this on either my iPhone, on normal Google search or even using Google mobile search. Postscript: It appears that this is not just limited to mobile. BigMouthMedia spotted this using a normal web browser. It appears that this is a limited test based on possibly the data center you hit or your ISP. Postscript 2: We now have confirmation that Google has increased the number of sitelinks to eight (it loo [...]


What Are Google Sitelinks?

Many more people are reporting seeing Google Sitelinks update, so I thought it would be a good time to revisit what Google Sitelinks are. Google Sitelinks are little sub-listings that sometimes appear under the first listing on the first page in Google search results. Here's an example: See the five links that are indented under the main listing? Those are Google Sitelinks. Google has a help document named How do you compile the list of links shown below some search results? that explains a bit more on how they work. Sitelinks created automatically by an algorithm. Google say [...]


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