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:
- Google Caught Buying Links Again
Google has given a generous donation to FOSDEM, Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting, and now has three juicy links on the FOSDEM Sponsors page. Those links...
- Google Blogsearch Ping Going Away, Not That Anyone Used It
Google announced on Google+ and John Mueller also added to it that Google is going to shutting down Google Blogsearch "Ping" service. It launched back in 2006 when a lot of blogging platforms used the ping method to communicate "trackbacks" i.e. link notifications from one blog post to...
- Test: Google Showing Competing Shopping Search Engines In Shopping Carousel
As you know, the EU fined Google over anti-competitive search results in the shopping space...
- Interesting Google Featured Snippet With Headline & Tables
We have seen many flavors of featured snippets in the Google search results, but here is an interesting one spotted by Rebecca Lehmann and posted on Twitter...
- Report: 70% Of Google's Page One Search Results Are HTTPS
This morning the folks at RankRanger posted on Twitter that over 70% of the page one Google search results listings are HTTPS...
- Patrick Stox: The Search Community Honors You
This is part of the say something nice about an SEO/SEM series - feel free to nominate someone over here. Patrick Stox is 34 years old and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Xatli...
- Valentine's Day Doodles, Logos & Designs From Google, Bing & Others
Happy Valentine's Day everyone and it is also Ash Wednesday, which is rare to overlap. Also, it is the Olympics. So the Google logo has a bit of Valentine's Day and Olympics. Bing, Sogou, and Baidu, all search engines...
- Selling Valentines Day Treats At Google
It looks like this person was set up to sell Valentines day cookies and treats at the main Google office in Mountain View, California yesterday. She is from Playing with Dough and she wrote All set u
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- I don't have any further dates - it'll be ready when it's ready :) That said, I'll ask if the team is waiting for a chocolate shipment from Zurich ... ;-)… https://t.co/4XBT6kj1wi, John Mueller on Twitter
- We're currently experiencing technical issues with uploading photos, and adding managers to some Google My Business listings. We're actively working on the issues and will let you know once they have been resolved., Google My Business on Twitter
- Advertisers who are using Universal App campaigns to optimize for in-app acti..., Google+ - Google Ads
- Dunno. You've got two debunking articles showing because that's actually news. Or stuff people may have heard & turn to search to understand more. I think you need to consider more broadly.… https://t.co/RuGkiHDa1Y, Danny Sullivan on Twitter
- I'll go out on a limb and suggest you're checking your rankings too often, instead of focusing on making your website the best one of its kind. Focus on the important work, make something awesome.… https://t.co/B, John Mueller on Twitter
- Rename images? Reducing image file size? New URL-structure? Relaunch!? What h..., Google+