Daily Search Forum Recap: April 3, 2024

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.

Google’s March core update is still rolling out and somewhat heated volatility. Google is testing next toggle buttons for local listings. Microsoft says SEOs don’t realize Bing’s full usage and reach. Google Ads call us with text or email in addition to the QR code. Microsoft Advertising has max conversion value for all search campaigns.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

29 Days In The Google March 2024 Core Update Is Still Rolling Out

It is now four weeks and one day since the Google March 2024 core update started rolling out, 29 days since it started and yes, it is not done rolling out yet. Google’s Danny Sullivan and John Mueller both confirmed that yesterday, even though Google’s search status dashboard says the same thing.

Microsoft’s Fabrice Canel: SEOs Don’t Realize Bing Search Usage

Fabrice Canel, the Principal Product Manager at Microsoft Bing, said, “Bing usage extends beyond what many search engine optimizers (SEOs) may realize.” He is basically saying that Bing Search is more important than most of us are giving them and maybe we should consider Bing more when it comes to investing in our efforts

Google Local Panel Results Tests Toggle To Next Result

Google is testing an arrow to toggle to the next local pack listing in the search results. This next button or toggle shows up after you click on an individual local listing in the Google Search results. Then you can click to the next one or swipe to the next one if you are on mobile.

Max Conversion Value Available For Microsoft Advertising Search Campaigns

Microsoft announced a number of new Microsoft Advertising features, including that maximize conversion value is now available for search campaigns; previously, it was only available for shopping search campaigns. Also, Microsoft announced Microsoft Click ID, AI image cropping, and the hotel center deprecation date.

Google Ads Extension With Call Us; Text Or Email To Call

Google Ads has this feature for call us extensions to scan to call, where Google shows you a QR code on the screen that you can scan from your phone to call. Now Google is testing to send this number to your phone via text or email.

Super G Google Logo Donut Board

Google loves their donut boards and here is one with the super G Google logo with donuts hanging on it. This is from Google Sydney office from last November, I recently spotted it on Instagram.

Other Great Search Threads:

Excited to share I’ve joined @Google to lead product for AI Studio and support the Gemini API. Lots of hard work ahead, but we are going to make Google the best home for developers building with AI. I’m not going to settle, Logan Kilpatrick on X

I was in the beta for this. Great addition by Google -> Dig deeper with Fact Check Explorer (now for images!) “And now you can use Fact Check Explorer to find out more about an image. Previously in beta, this feature lets you upload, Glenn Gabe on X

If you use a CDN set to be aggressive about handling bots, Googlebot won’t be able to get through – and nothing will get indexed. *cough* @Cloudflare, John on X

It feels like there’s something cut off on top of the screenshot, but in product search, ads are marked as ads. And yes, you can track them in Search Console; some people use tracking parameters in their merchant center feed., John Mueller on X

Nothing has changed with the “Sponsored” ad label or business information displaying in Search ads (https://t.co/cYsvNJE11u). Anthony, if you’re still experiencing these issues, p, AdsLiaison on X

Shopping Graph Optimization as the new focus for ecommerce SEO in times of SGE, Olaf Kopp on X

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