Month: June 2018

Google Adds Location & Location Icon to Search Results

Google Adds Location & Location Icon to Search Results

Google Adds Location & Location Icon to Search Results
Google is testing a new icon in the search results to show the specific location of a search result, in addition to showing a location icon, similar to the map icon used on Google Maps.  It seems to be used primarily for news results in the regular organic search results.

In each of these news results, the yellow location icon appears, along with the specific city the news result is from.  Google is just including the city, and not including the state or country.  All  of the examples are followed by the date of the article as well.

These results are not local results, nor are they part of Google News results.  These are regular organic search results with the addition of the local icon and the city name.

It is not clear how Google is pulling the city name information from these search results.  It does not appear to be Schema based.  But the location as a keyword appears numerous times on the pages showing the icon.

The yellow icon at the start of the description definitely makes these news results stand out on a page significantly.

URL Inspection Tool in Google Search Console

URL Inspection Tool in Google Search Console

URL Inspection Tool in Google Search Console
A new URL inspection tool that shows you details about how Google crawled, indexed and processed a specific URL on your website.

Google has announced a new feature in the beta Google Search Console that allows you to check a specific URL on your website to see the status of how Google search sees that URL. This feature is called the URL inspection tool and is now rolling out to Google Search Console users over the coming weeks.

This tool “provides detailed crawl, index, and serving information about your pages, directly from the Google index,” Google says. It will show the last crawl date, the status of that last crawl, any crawling or indexing errors and the canonical URL for that page. It will show if the page was successfully indexed, any AMP errors, structured data errors and indexing issues.

If a page isn’t indexed, you can learn why. The new report includes information about noindex robots meta tags and Google’s canonical URL for the page.

A single click can take you to the issue report showing all other pages affected by the same issue to help you track down and fix common bugs.