Here’s something I’ve never seen before. When searching for something on Google, I got a new widget “Your Site on Google” right above the search results. Erm … what?
It took me a second to figure it out. Google, of course, knows who I am, since I am logged into my Google Chrome and into all of my Google Apps. It also knows that I manage the “mamchenkov.net” website, via Google Search Console. So when I search for something on Google and first page of results includes a page from my own blog, it must be thinking that I’m there to monitor, test and improve my SEO. It then provides me with some metrics and handy links to do so. It also mentions that these are only visible to me, not the rest of the people searching.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, but it is weird for a second for sure.
Search Engine Land reports:
Last year we heard informal statements from several Google employees that mobile search queries would probably overtake desktop queries some time this year. Google just confirmed this has now happened.
The company says that “more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.” The company declined to elaborate further on what the other countries were, how recently this change happened or what the relative volumes of PC and mobile search queries are now.
Google groups tablets with desktops. So this is just smartphones and does not include tablets.
There’s also an interesting misalignment of this report with some Comscore reports.
Google Webmaster Central Blog answers some frequently asked questions about mobilegeddon. And no, I don’t think it’s mobilegeddon, I just love the term.
Mobile-Friendly Test from Google will analyze a URL and report if the page has a mobile-friendly design.
Until now (in fact, even yesterday) I was telling people that Google uses the HTML <title> tag of the given page when displaying search results. Turns out, this is not always true.