Zentury Spotlight – Google Launches New Experiment – Notes

Google Launches New Experiment – Notes

Google launches new experiment called Notes, which will let users see and share ideas next to search results.

Notes is available to users via Google’s Search Labs, enabling users to test new features that aren’t yet widely accessible.

Using Notes, users will be able to offer their expertise directly on Search, assisting others in finding the best answers to their most unusual or even common questions and learning what resources are most helpful for them online.

Users who choose to use Notes through Google’s Search Labs will see articles in the Google app and a “Notes” button beneath certain search results.

Pressing the icon will see other people’s comments made on that particular page.

To “share your expertise with the world,” you may also make your own notes, according to Brad Kellett, Senior Director of Engineering for Google Search.

Text, images, stickers, and other modifiable components can all be included in notes. AI-generated graphics will soon be included in Notes by Google as well.

Notes are mostly designed to function hand-in-hand with existing content on the web, giving a fresh perspective based on human insights. 

Google aims to provide access to useful advice on a certain topic shared by both experts and everyday people. This will not only help you focus on the most relevant information, but also allow you to examine what other users found helpful. 

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Google Modifies Search to Prioritize First-Hand Knowledge

Google has released a number of Search updates aimed to provide more customized results.

Besides, Google has made certain adjustments to its ranking factors in order to improve users’ discovery of first-hand accounts and personal ideas.

According to Google, these changes will offer more personalized experiences depending on each user’s requirements and interests.

This might result in search results that are more relevant to users’ queries and contain less recurring, second-hand sources and more original personal perspectives.

Apart from ranking updates, Google is stepping up its attempts to customize results based on search history and personal interests.

Google is introducing a new feature that allows users to “follow” particular subjects directly from search results, such as their preferred sports team or culinary method. Google will be able to automatically present relevant news stories, videos, and alerts as a result.

If you are from the SEO world and wonder how these changes may affect your optimization strategies, the answer will again be in high-quality content. 

Although the “follow” function appears to be focused on optimizing user experiences, websites who create high-quality content on trending subjects could notice a boost in traffic as Google shows these pages to visitors who might be interested.

Google Launches New Experiment

Google Updates the Mystery Crawler Documentation

Google added the name and details of a relatively unknown crawler to their list of authorized crawlers. The unknown crawler is the one that publishers have been sometimes observing but for which there was no prior documentation.

Even though Google updated official documentation for this crawler, the available data seems to call for more clarity.

The Google-Safety user agent is covered in the updated crawler documentation, and while the documentation is new, the crawler itself is not. 

“Google-Safety crawler” is a specific type of crawler used by Google’s systems to identify and locate instances of malware during the process of browsing and indexing web content.

The Google-Safety Crawler is unique among other Special-case crawlers as it ignores any robots.txt instructions.

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Google Introduces New Educational Video Structured Data

Google has announced that it will support a new sort of structured data markup to improve the search experience for educational videos.

Publishers may now include schema.org metadata to their works, which details the concepts, skills, and educational level that are presented in instructional films.

One common method of classifying the contents of a web page is through the use of structured data.

Publishers may more quickly add markup to websites using content management systems (CMSs) by integrating structured data plugins. Code may be used to produce the schema.org information for users of websites that use JavaScript.

Google Search can now better understand the content and provide users with more relevant results thanks to this new structured data for learning videos.

Rich snippets, such as the intended education level and video kind (such as “overview” or “solution”), may also appear in search results for videos marked up with these qualities.

Google advises publishers to apply best practices as follows:

  • Add schema.org characteristics according to the kind of video.
  •  Verify the markup using Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool.
  •  Implement the new structured data on a few pages. 
  •  Send Google a sitemap to let them know about the modifications.

Videos have to be available without any restrictions, such as logins or memberships. To be understood and indexed by Google, they need to be accessible to the general audience. More specifically, the page where people may watch the full video directly has to have the structured data added to it. It would be a bad experience for users if they were just sent to another website to view it.

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Google Claims Core Web Vitals Reduced Load Times by Over 10,000 Years

Google made a statement stating that in 2023, Chrome users would have saved over 10,000 years in page load time because of enhancements linked to Core Web Vitals (CWV).

Google created the CWV collection of metrics to measure the user experience on web pages.

The three primary metrics are: First Input Delay (FID), which gauges responsiveness by timing the reaction of the browser after a user clicks; Interaction to Next Paint (INP), which evaluates the overall responsiveness of a page to user interactions; and Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS), which tracks unexpected layout changes to gauge visual stability. Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) measures load time by timing the rendering of the main content.

Websites may provide better user experiences by optimizing for these parameters.

Core Web Vitals Reduced Load Times by Over 10,000 Years

The Chrome team at Google estimated the time savings from CWV enhancements by examining actual data from millions of website visits. The time saved this year by all Chrome desktop and mobile users combined is indicated by the 10,000+ years.

To be more precise, thus far this year, Chrome users have saved over 2,000 years on desktop and over 8,000 years on Android devices thanks to CWV enhancements. Page response metrics showed additional savings of more than 1,200 years.

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