SEO year in review 2019: Zero-click searches, BERT, local spam and more

Search was a roller coaster of ups and downs in 2019: Structured data-powered rich results helped to push zero-click searches to an all-time high. Regulatory scrutiny heated up as numerous antitrust investigations of Google were announced domestically and abroad. BERT brought enhanced natural language understanding to search engines. Bing turned 10 — it’s been more…

Pro Tip: A look back at some helpful tips from our SEO community in 2019

Our community is dedicated to helping fellow SEOs so we wanted to look back at a few insights shared this past year that were particularly popular with readers. 1. Google doesn’t hate your website “The personal animosity complaint is as frequent as it is irrational,” explains ex-Googler Kaspar Szymanski. “Google has never demonstrated a dislike…

Google’s John Mueller Doing Webmaster Support On Christmas Again

Every single Christmas since John Mueller joined Google, he has been helping webmasters with issues on Christmas eve and Christmas day. He sets aside time from his family on this super important holiday to see if anyone is in distress about their Google ranking issues to offer some sound advice and encouragement on the holiday.

The 2019 search engine patents you need to know about

Bill Slawski, director of SEO research for Go Fish Digital, has published his list of the top 10 search engine patents to know from 2019. The list of patents touches on various sectors of search, including Google News, local search knowledge graphs and more, and gives us a peek at the technology that Google is,…

Amazon makes it easier for agencies to advertise on their clients’ behalf

Amazon has changed the registration process for agencies and marketers running sponsored ads campaigns for Amazon vendors. What’s changed? Agencies no longer have to submit vendor codes when registering nor wait for approval from Amazon to set up new advertising accounts. Now, agencies simply need the approval of the authorized Vendor Central account holder (their…

Nine voice search stats to close out 2019

From smartphones to smart home appliances, artificial intelligence, voice and virtual assistants are very much at the center of a shift in the way we interact with digital devices. While voice has not yet lived up to its promise, it’s clear it will be an enduring feature of the digital user experience across an expanding…

Funny Google Local Listing Problem – Closed Down Business Name

I saw a funny and somewhat ironic problem posted in the Local Search Forums that I had to share with you all. A business owner wants to know how to removed a “closed down” label in the business name in the business’s local knowledge panel in Google search. The issue is, it is not a…