Google Thanksgiving Search Algorithm Ranking Update

There are a nice number of SEOs and webmasters in the forums claiming they saw huge changes in terms of their rankings in Google starting on November 22nd or so. Since it was Thanksgiving day and traffic is always off on holidays, I wanted to wait it out. But there are many claims of an update, possibly a reversal of the Medic Update for some that were originally hit.

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Google Tests Featured Snippet Image Carousel

Google is also testing a format for the featured snippets that lets you see multiple images in the position zero slot with a carousel format. So you can flip through the images in the featured snippet format.

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Google Really Launches Zero Search Results For Time, Conversions & Math

This is not a joke, Google has officially launched showing zero search results – yes, showing no actual search results – for a some very specific types of queries. When someone searches for time/date, conversion or math related answers – Google may just show the answer with a button to click to see the search results.

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Google Featured Snippet Refinement Bubbles Video Option

Google seems to be showing a special query refinement option in the featured snippets section to show videos. Eric Hedekar from Moz (formerly STAT) shared two screen shots of this in action on Twitter.

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Daily Search Forum Recap: November 22, 2018

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…

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Google: You Can Rank In Google Even When You Spam By Mistake

Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter that even if you make a mistake and do keyword stuffing or some other spammy mistake on your site, it is still possible for the site to rank in Google because of the positive things the site is doing. “Usually we’re just ranking them because of other factors – getting one thing wrong doesn’t mean you’ll never show up in search,” John said.

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Google Video Carousel Related Videos Query Expansion Feature

SEMRush posted a screen shot of Google showing a query expansion feature, like the people also ask feature, for video carousels. It is titled “related videos” and shows you different queries you can try in Google to show more related videos in the Google search results.

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Google My Business Insights Data Latency Not Being Speed Up Now

A week or so ago, Google told us that they released an update to Google My Business Insights that would result in us getting improvements in terms of how soon we see fresh data from the analytics tools. Well, Google misspoke and now we are told we won’t see these improvements happen for at least 3 to 6 months.

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Google Top Stories In Double Carousel View

Top stories in Google search on mobile search normally is made up of a carousel that shows a single row of stories you can flip through. Here is a test where Google is showing two rows of carousels in the top stories interface.

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Google Tests Image Thumbnails Again In Search Result Snippets

Google is yet again testing image thumbnails in their search results snippets. This is a test that has been ongoing for several years now in many different forms. Here it is again and like every case before it, I personally cannot replicate it.

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Thanksgiving 2018 Logos From Google, Yahoo & Bing

On Thanksgiving day today in the United States Google, Yahoo and Bing all have special logos or themes for the day. Google has a family of mice eating a thanksgiving dinner at the table together, Yahoo has a artistic turkey and Bing goes with the Thanksgiving day parade.

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Google Local Service Ad Design Slightly Updated

Google has made a design change to the way the local service ads appear in the mobile search results. They are a bit more slick now, with a more 3D look, lighter blue links, yellow stars instead of orange stars, circle green checks versus badges and a bit more.

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