Daily Search Forum Recap: March 22, 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.

It seems that no sites hit by the September Google helpful content update have recovered yet, but there is still more time for the March core update to reverse those. Google Analytics updated its conversion metrics to better match with Google Ads. Microsoft is buying ads on Google Search to drive searches on Bing Search. Bing’s people also ask section has ask Copilot. Bing Search has refine your search with Copilot. And I posted the weekly SEO video recap.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Spam Update Done, Patience With Core Update, Helpful Content Recoveries, Yahoo Search Coming & New Head Of Google Search

This week we covered that the Google March 2024 spam update is done rolling out. Google says to wait for the March 2024 core update to be done before making changes. Google will collect feedback after the core and spam updates are done…

Report: No Site Hit By The September Helpful Content Update Recovered Yet

As you know, the September 2023 helpful content update was brutal to many small site owners, bloggers, SEOs and others. Some of these folks were desperately waiting for a recovery and were hopeful that this March 2024 core update (which is still rolling out) would result in a recovery. But it does not appear that any site has yet recovered from the ranking declines they saw in September 2023.

Google Analytics Conversion Metrics Updated To Match Google Ads

Google announced changes to Google Analytics to help the conversion metrics match across Google Ads and Google Analytics. Google will rename legacy conversion to key events, and there are new cross-channel conversion performance reporting beyond Google Ads will be added to the Advertising workspace in GA4.

Microsoft Buying Ads On Google Search To Drive More Searches On Bing

Microsoft is buying Google Ads to promote its search engine, Bing, on Google Search. I think this has been going on a long time, but you can trigger Bing Ads on Google Search through the Google Ads system for some queries.

Bing Search With Ask Copilot In People Also Ask Section

Microsoft has been pushing Copilot within Bing Search a heck of a lot. Now Microsoft is showing a chat icon that says “Ask Copilot” in the People also ask section of the Bing search results.

Bing Search Refine Your Search On Chat / Copilot

Bing Search has a new refine your search box that sends searchers from Bing Search to Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat). You can check off the topics below and then click on the blue “chat” button to be taken into Copilot.

Google Lolly Pop Bow

Here is an old photo from 2017 from the Google China office then. It is of a branded Google lolly pop with a blue bow on it. I am not sure why it caught my eye – it seems a bit creepy maybe?

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:


Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice


3 Types of Ecommerce Product Reviews for SEO + Conversions, BruceClay

AI Spam Sites Beat Google’s March 2024 Spam Update, Search Engine Journal

How Brands Can Prepare for SGE, Botify

It’s not you – it’s Google Search Console, Women in Tech SEO

Keyword Clustering in Seconds: Save Time With Keywords Explorer Tool, Ahrefs

SEO Testing: What It Is & How to Test SEO in 2024 (+ 6 Ideas), Semrush

The Role of SEO in Mergers and Acquisitions, Ahrefs

What Is Visual Search? Examples, Benefits, and Optimization Tips, Semrush

WordPress 6.5: The features you want to know about, Yoast


Search Features

Other Search


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