Five most interesting search marketing news stories of the week

Five most interesting search marketing news stories of the week

July 8, 2016 11:27 am

Rebecca right here, filling in for Christopher this week – and sure, these are some good, roomy footwear I’m standing in, thanks for asking.

I don’t have any witty feedback to make concerning the present state of UK politics, so let’s dive straight into the search-associated information you may need missed when you have been outdoors cloud-gazing, amassing butterflies, or (when you’re British) taking advantage of the truth that we will nonetheless journey freely between different EU nations…

As regular, Google is the place it’s at this week, with information that HTTPS web sites account for a 3rd of search outcomes on web page one, a rise within the variety of search outcomes that obtain a Quick Answer Box, and does Google’s latest acquisition imply it’s discovering new methods to observe us all creepily?

Google is growing the variety of queries that obtain a Quick Answer field

Jim Yu reported for Search Engine Watch this week on the truth that the portion of Google search outcomes which acquired a Quick Answer field has elevated from simply over 20% in December 2014 to greater than 30% in May 2016.

A Quick Answer, also referred to as a featured snippet, is when Google pulls content material from a trusted, excessive-rating website that may instantly reply a consumer’s question and locations it on the prime of the SERP in order that they will discover the knowledge they want with out having to click on via to a different website. It might be an superior strategy to dominate the SERP with out having to battle for the highest place.

A featured snippet for the search query, "Why is my internet so slow", featuring an answer from Lifehacker at the top of search results.

Jim seemed on the influence that Google Quick Answers have on manufacturers, and broke down the three-step framework for getting your content material into a fast reply field. So now you possibly can win the sport with out even enjoying it, too!

30% of Google search outcomes are HTTPS web sites

A new research from Moz has revealed that greater than 30% of internet sites on web page one in every of Google search use the HTTPS protocol. We know that HTTPS has been a “light-weight rating sign” for Google since 2014, and the info that Moz has been monitoring bears that info out.

Christopher Ratcliff checked out how the share of Google search outcomes on web page one which use HTTPS has climbed from an initially tiny fraction in August 2014 to a big share of the outcomes.

A graph by Moz showing the percentage of HTTPS results on page 1 of Google between January 2014 and June 2016. The graph line begins at around 7% and climbs gradually, with a sudden jump upwards between June and July 2015, then continues to climb gradually to reach 32.5% in June 2016.

As Christopher put it,

“The outcomes are undoubtedly sufficient to provide SEOs pause for thought relating to contemplating whether or not to modify their websites to a safe protocol.”

Mobile searches on Google have now exceeded desktop – how has the panorama of search modified?

Jason Tabeling checked out how the panorama of search has modified now that, for the primary time ever, cellular searches on Google have exceeded desktop. “To account for this large shift, Google has made a number of the most drastic modifications to look leads to years,” together with eradicating proper-hand aspect advertisements and including a fourth paid itemizing above natural search outcomes, inflicting cellular outcomes to be full of advertisements.

A screenshot of Google mobile search results for "car insurance", showing two paid ads which together take up the entire screen.

Jason broke down the info on the variety of occasions paid advertisements, purchasing outcomes or native listings seem in search outcomes and evaluated how the knowledge ought to have an effect on your search technique.

Google acquires picture recognition startup Moodstocks

Google introduced yesterday that it has acquired Moodstocks, a French startup specialising in machine-studying-based mostly picture recognition know-how for smartphones.

As the International Business Times reported,

“Following the acquisition, which is predicted to be accomplished within the subsequent few weeks, the Moodstocks staff will be a part of Google’s S&A staff in Paris the place they’ll proceed to “construct nice picture recognition instruments inside Google”.”

Between the Twitter acquisition of Magic Pony two weeks in the past and Amazon’s acquisition of AI startup Orbeus in April, it appears that evidently visible processing and machine studying is the place it’s at for main tech corporations.

The Sun gave a very hysterical tackle this improvement by saying that Google had revealed plans to place “eyes in machines” and that “campaigners” had urged Britons to “cowl up cameras on smartphones and computer systems”. Er… that sounds a little impractical.

A photograph of a poster (said to be from one of the Google cafeterias) reading "GOOGLE IS WATCHING YOU" with "Google" being the Google logo. The logo also has two eyes in the Os.Photo by Patrick Barry, obtainable by way of CC BY-SA

But in all seriousness, this newest addition to Google’s J&A division could possibly be step one in the direction of giving Google the potential to determine and run a seek for objects within the bodily world, à la CamFind.

And if Google actually is watching me, nicely, perhaps it’ll lastly be capable of inform me the place I left my keys.

Google is experimenting with one other use for Google Posts

The SEM Post reported this week that Google has been noticed increasing its use of Google Posts, a brand new(ish) function combining parts of social publishing and wealthy playing cards, into extra ‘peculiar’ search outcomes.

Moz marketing scientist Dr. Pete Meyers initially observed the posts showing in search outcomes for a constitution faculty in New York, KIPP NYC. Google debuted the function, which I consider nonetheless lacks an official identify (however has been dubbed “Google Posts” by the search commentariat), again in March as a platform for US presidential candidates to place throughout their insurance policies.


It was later seen increasing the function to incorporate a choose handful of native companies, after which utilizing it to cowl the I/I developer convention in May. None of those previous makes use of of Posts present up in search outcomes any extra – and on the time of writing, KIPP’s seems to have disappeared too – making them a bit like a pop-up soapbox for choose entities (and preserving us all guessing about what Google’s eventual plan is for Posts).

What’s fascinating is that though the KIPP NYC posts have been solely simply noticed in search, a scroll down their Google Posts web page exhibits that the varsity has been utilizing Google’s new function since April. In different phrases, there could possibly be any variety of different fortunate customers or teams quietly utilizing the platform and ready for the hallowed highlight of Google to lastly, lastly shine on them. And we wouldn’t know.

If you need a shot at becoming a member of their ranks, the ready record continues to be open.

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