Changes in Spotlight Search on iOS and iPadOS 14 beta, a significant update to its Applebot support page, and an increase in crawling from AppleBot signify that Apple may be launching a search engine soon.
Google is utilizing Core Web Vitals to label web pages as fast in the next version of its Chrome browser.
The 'Google Guaranteed' consumer protection program has been reserved for businesses using Google Ads. Google has started testing making the badge available to profiles using Google My Business (GMB) for a fee.
Apple introduced a new Spotlight Search feature to iOS and iPadOS 14 that enables users to search and go directly to a site, completely bypassing Google’s search result pages.
Google announced Prabhakar Raghavan, former head of Google Ads, is changing roles to head Google Search while simultaneously overseeing Ads. The move diminishes the traditional separation of product teams and has SEOs concerned about how it might affect organic search results.
A new version of Google’s Lighthouse auditing tool dramatically changed how it calculates its score by removing two metrics and adding three new ones. The change in metrics signals a major shift in how Google is determining page performance.
Search engines like Google are dependent on the same accessibility attributes that many people depend on to comprehend and navigate sites. Search engine optimizers have unwittingly made the web more accessible, and they are in the best position to make it even better.
YouTube’s test of timestamp bookmarks has become a feature in Google Search. Video producers that don’t publish videos on YouTube will be able to use Schema structured data to achieve the same results.
A WordPress feature that is commonly used to keep search engines from including development and staging sites in their search results has been fixed in version 5.3.
A common concern by search engine optimizers is losing search visits after adding FAQPage or HowTo Schema.org structured data to their pages. Distilled is reporting that they saw more traffic after implementing it on several sites.
Google leveraging AMP to help its visitors from accidentally leaving Google and using the Back button
Google announced the launch of a new feature in its Image Search that helps publishers help Google visitors not leave Google by using AMP.
The study identified potential trust signals for local SEO and also revealed that Yelp continues to have the most visibility in organic local results.
Google My Business' new short names are reminiscent of how businesses used Google+ profiles and they may represent yet another attempt by Google to create a viable social platform.
YouTube is parsing timestamp lists from video descriptions and displaying them as jump links in search results, potentially creating a new search optimization tactic.
The XML sitemap proposal for WordPress Core would generate basic sitemaps without the need for a plugin and would also allow plugin-makers to build on top of the core functionality.
The immediate misuse of favicons and reports of hate symbols appearing in Google's new mobile search results prompted Google to take quick action on how favicons can be used with its search engine.
The new mobile search result blurs the line between paid and organic results, irking many SEOs.