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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:
Branded Searches In Google My Business InsightsLast month, Google introduced a new group of analytics data in Google My Business Insights called “branded” searches. Google defined them as “Customers who find your listing searching for a brand related to your business.” Joy Hawkins met with Google and had a chance to clarify with examples what these types of searches are.
Google Beta Testers Wanted For The Search Console Performance ReportGoogle is once again looking for beta testers to help improve the Google Search Console Performance report. John Mueller of Google posted on Twitter saying “we’re looking to make some changes and would love to get your feedback, especially if you use the report regularly & have a kinda complex site.”
Google Tests Dropping The Knowledge Panel From Search ResultsGoogle has confirmed in the Google Web Search Help forums that they are running a test where the search results page shows no knowledge panel. The knowledge panel on desktop typically shows up on the right of the page when there is a match for a name, brand, company, facts, etc. Andy from Google confirmed Google is testing not showing it to some searchers.
Google To Split Google News User & Publisher ForumsForever, Google had a single Google forum for both Google News consumers (i.e. searchers) and publishers (news publications) to share and post their complaints in. So you would have people complaining about the quality of the Google News results and at the same time publishers complaining that their site is not showing up.
Google Releases Google My Business API v4.3Google has released version 4.3 of the Google My Business API. Version 4.2 was released in August and this new release brings new functionality including the ability to read and respond to customer Q&A, read reviews in bulk, Identify unclaimed locations and more.
Meet The Captain Of SEO From VietnamDid you ever meet the captain of SEO? If not, you can, he is from Hội An in Vietnam – he has a boat named Captain SEO. Eli Schwartz, an SEO I’ve known for a long time shared the photo on Facebook.
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