Episode 58 / September 28, 2018
Welcome to The Redirect Podcast, where the BlackTruck team shares recent insights and takeaways from the world of search marketing.
In this week’s episode:
Happy 20th Birthday to Google!
The search giant marks 20 years of innovation, including many new ways for brands to reach their audiences. We dive in with a brief history of Google Search, their evolution, and future of search marketing ahead.
As much as we all can sit here and curse many of the moves that Google makes, if it were not for them, we wouldn’t have such a robust community centered around SEO; The Redirect Podcast wouldn’t be a thing; and we wouldn’t be here talking with everyone about search marketing to help brands grow online.
You cannot argue the fact that pretty much one company has single-handedly connected the world on its quest to organize information. So thank you, Google.
New Features to Come in Google Search
At the 20th Anniversary and Future of Search event that was held this week, Google revealed their areas of focus for the future of search.
To directly quote the Google blog, these areas are:
- “The shift from answers to journeys: To help you resume tasks where you left off and learn new interests and hobbies, we’re bringing new features to Search that help you with ongoing information needs.” (Retrace your steps with activity cards, and save pages in Collections.)
- “The shift from queries to providing a queryless way to get to information: We can surface relevant information related to your interests, even when you don’t have a specific query in mind.” (A new “Discover” feed)
- “And the shift from text to a more visual way of finding information: We’re bringing more visual content to Search and completely redesigning Google Images to help you find information more easily.”
We dive into each of these areas a bit more in the podcast.
This news of more “on-SERP” features calls to mind the conversations when zero-result SERPs were being tested, especially the great in-depth article from Dr. Pete of Moz on “Google’s Walled Garden” that was published around around then. (We also discussed this in Episode 38 back in March).
Plus, the Google Feed is becoming Google Discover. This customized and customizable feed used to be only on the Google or Chrome apps on mobile devices. Now it will appear for logged in users at google.com on ALL mobile browsers.
We wrapped up the episode with a quick discussion of “neural matching,” also new-ish to the Google search landscape. Learn more from recent coverage at Search Engine Journal.
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