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:
December 2018 Google Webmaster ReportHere is our monthly Google webmaster report that summarizes and links to the more important SEO and webmaster related stories. The big news this past month was the nice number of unconfirmed Google ranking updates. Google also launched the zero results feature and a new sticky header for their search results.
Google Local Listings Tests New Design For ImagesGoogle is testing a new design for how they display images in a Google local or Google My Business listing in search. The new design shows a carousel of image categories at the top letting searchers filter by inside, by owner, videos, inside and others.
Google: Our Personalized Results Do Not Create Filter BubblesDuckDuckGo, a Google competitor, came out with a study that claimed Google’s search results create what is known as a “filter bubble,” this influencing what you click on and see. Google came to Twitter and defended themselves saying their personalization does not do that.
Google: Do Not Use Q&A Page Structured Data On FAQs PagesGoogle launched new structured data for question and answer pages named Q&A Page schema. Google updated the guidelines to say it is against their guidelines to use this markup on FAQ style pages.
Google Gray Logo For President George H. W. Bush National Day Of MourningIf you go to Google’s home page, you will see the multicolored Google logo is a simple gray color. Google changed their home page to honor the National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush. Bing also did with a special photo of the US Capitol with the flag at half-staff.
Google Serves Water In Glass BottlesHere is a photo I found on Instagram of a drink fridge at one of the Google offices that shows they have water in glass bottles. There is even a sign that says please consider using glass instead of
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
Ho-ho-ho-liday time has arrived at the North Pole! Catch a sleigh to Santa’s Village to play games, learn coding skills, make artwork and more → https://t.co/66eV5ePqEn… https://t.co/q3pCNMndFS, Google on Twitter
Strange Google Maps bug: maps loads with a broken lock symbol https://t.co/OvTVG6GxQ2 Shouldn’t Google shopping be referenced in source code on page in HTTPs and not HTTP? cc @rustybrick… https://t.co/W8CysYDsq2, Bill Hartzer on Twitter
Use Autoplay on Home on Android and iOS!, YouTube Help
WordPress 5.0 Released December 6, 2018, WebmasterWorld
You can help search pick your preferred canonical in a variety of ways, there’s more than just redirecting. I’d check the help center for the details.… https://t.co/guKllPFJoF, John Mueller on Twitter
You want to ask the guy who hasn’t written anything on his blog since a decade about the perfect blog post?… https://t.co/YFIYM8RNpZ, John Mueller on Twitter
Facebook Communities Can’t be Sold, WebmasterWorld
Search Engine Land Stories:
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Industry & Business
Links & Promotion Building
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