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Google Tests Out Removal of URLs From Search Results

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URLs Begin Disappearing in Google Searches

It seems as if the appearance of URLs in Google search results could very soon be a thing of the past. This according to a Reddit user who noticed the change and shared a screenshot of a search that showed just the names of sites appearing in search results. When conducting our own search to test the validity of the user’s claim, we discovered that no URLs were appearing in search results, just breadcrumbs. Google search result does not show sites' URL Before the change, URLs would appear above the meta title, followed by breadcrumbs. How Google search results used to look with URLs Source: Search Engine Journal According to Search Engine Journal, Google started to move away from displaying full URLs since introducing breadcrumbs in search results. Now it appears as if Google has begun testing out removing URLs altogether along with a site’s domain name. Google has not yet announced whether or not it actually plans to eliminate URLs from search results. However, if this does become a permanent change, removing URLs from search results is not expected to have much of an impact regarding SEO, and could potentially alter the perceived value of exact-match URLs. A big concern that was voiced on Reddit though, is that verifying the legitimacy website shown in search results could become more difficult. “In this era of search results that don’t even show the domain name, how’s Google going to keep phishing sites from using the names of the businesses they’re trying to impersonate? Worse get, might Google have to roll this back after discovering phishing sites were able to exploit this lack of domains in the search results to get people to divulge passwords, credit card numbers, and all other sorts of sensitive information?” said one Reddit user in the thread. Considering it appears Google is still in the testing phase, it’s unlikely that this will become a permanent, widespread change if it ends up having a severely negative impact on websites in terms of click-through rate, but only time will tell.

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New Video Page Indexing Report Coming To Google

05/13/2022

A new video page indexing report is coming to Google Search Console, Google announced at Google I/O.

You will now be able to see a report which lists all the video pages found by Google when crawling and indexing your site. The report will be in the index section, under ‘video pages’.

Currently, Google Search Console only reports on videos with regard to structured data. If you upload videos to your site and mark them up with structured data, Search Contoroles lets you check if the data is valid and how many impressions a video received.

You will soon be able to check the indexing status of videos and the landing pages they appear on using Search Console.

Read More: Why You Should Create Video Content

Video Page Indexing Report

With the help of this new feature you will be able to:

  • Find out how many video landing pages Google found and how many videos it indexed;
  • Investigate and see if any videos weren’t indexed and why;
  • Use the URLs of the affected video landing pages to resolve problems and validate the fix before initiating re-crawling the URLs that were affected.
Read More: Do You Need A Video Content Strategy?

Why Is This Important?

With video content becoming more and more popular and valuable, it’s crucial to keep track of its progress. This report will help you discover how important your videos are to Google Search. The indexing reports will help you find indexing issues and help you resolve them.

However, you should keep in mind that regardless of how many videos are on a page, Google only indexes one video per page.

Take a look at the discussion on Twitter.

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Google Search Scroll To Text For Sitelinks

04/22/2022

Back in November, Google had started testing the scroll-to-text feature for sitelinks in the Google Search results. Brodie Clark was the first to notice it:

Now, Search Engine Roundtable reports that the feature is fully live on the US desktop search results.

What Is The Scroll To Text Feature?

Using this feature, a user or author can link to a specific part of a page using a text snippet provided in the URL. After the page loads, the browser highlights the text and scrolls it into view. Still, URL hash relies on authors accurately identifying all of the points that might interest a user while annotating their pages.

The feature works on any kind of website and adds a new way for users to get their answers quickly and efficiently, making the whole experience more user-friendly.

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