We hope you are in good health. Here are some of the major SEO news updates of the week that you need to know:

Search Related News and Updates from Major Search Engine

Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, Confirms no Algorithmic Actions for Site Reputation Abuse

Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, confirms that the search engine has not implemented any algorithmic actions specifically aimed at addressing site reputation abuse. Sullivan emphasized that if and when such actions are introduced, Google will be transparent in communicating the changes to publishers and the public. He also highlighted that fluctuations in search results are a common occurrence and can happen for various reasons not necessarily related to site reputation. This clarification aims to alleviate any confusion among publishers who may have noticed changes in their search rankings and wrongly attributed them to site reputation abuse.

Google’s New AI-Powered Visual Search Results That Feature Advertisements

Google has introduced a new feature in its visual search results that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) technology. With this feature, users can simply open Google Lens, take a quick picture, and instantly see options to purchase the items they capture in the image. This innovative technology eliminates the need for words, making it even more convenient for users to find and buy the products they desire. Additionally, Google will now display shopping ads at the top of the search results on related searches, providing businesses with an opportunity to offer exactly what consumers are looking for. This new feature aims to enhance the user experience by enabling them to purchase items that catch their eye easily.

Google To Prioritize AI Overviews Shopping Ads Over Organic Search in the Search Results

Google announced a significant change in its search results by prioritizing AI overview shopping ads over organic search. This move highlights the increasing importance of artificial intelligence in the advertising landscape. By placing shopping ads at the top of the search results, Google aims to enhance the user experience and provide more relevant and targeted results. While this change may benefit advertisers by increasing their visibility, it could potentially impact organic search rankings and visibility for businesses relying solely on organic traffic. It will be interesting to observe how this change affects the overall search ecosystem and whether it leads to a shift in advertising strategies.

Google Won’t Commit to Traffic Data From AI Search Results In Search Console 

During an interview, Google CEO Sundar Pichai evaded questions regarding the possibility of providing website owners with more detailed information on traffic generated from AI-generated search previews. While Google has committed to providing this data breakdown to publishers, Pichai refrained from giving a direct response. Instead, he deflected the responsibility, stating that it is a question better suited for the search team who delve deeper into such matters. Pichai argued that Google needs to strike a balance when it comes to data, as providing too many specifics could potentially lead website owners to manipulate the system for their advantage.

Google’s John Mueller Says the Search Team is Evaluating How to Better Reward High-Quality Content Sites in the Next Update

According to Google’s John Mueller, it is anticipated that websites that have had recent updates heavily impacted will experience site-wide effects for the time being. However, it may take until the next update to observe similar strong effects, provided that the new state of the site is significantly improved compared to before. While no guarantees can be made, the team at Google is actively assessing how websites can enhance their search performance for the upcoming update. The objective is to showcase the valuable content that website owners have dedicated their efforts to creating and ensure that sites prioritize offering helpful information to users.

Google Search Ranking Update Volatility Spike on May 22

On May 22, there was a noticeable spike in volatility and fluctuations in Google search rankings, leading to increased chatter within the SEO community. It is still quite early to determine the exact cause of this sudden shift, but many SEOs have reported significant movements in their rankings. This increase in volatility is also reflected in various SEO tools, which are showing a spike in ranking fluctuations. As webmasters and SEO professionals continue to monitor the situation, it is important to stay updated on any further developments and adjust strategies accordingly to maintain visibility and competitiveness in the search engine rankings.

Google Updates its Open Source Robots.txt Parser Code on GitHub

Google has made updates to its open-source Robots.txt Parser code on GitHub. These updates bring new features to the parser class, allowing users to export parsing information regarding the robotstxt body. Additionally, a new library has been included to access this information. Google Search Console has utilized this library for a significant period in collaboration with the Java port. So far, there have been no reported issues with the new library. However, if users do come across any problems, Google encourages them to file an issue on the GitHub platform for resolution.

Google Tests “People Also Search For”  Box in the Search Results

Google is constantly testing and refining its search engine algorithms to provide the most relevant and useful results to its users. One recent test that Google has been conducting involves replacing the “related searches” feature with a new feature called “people also search for.” This new feature aims to provide users with additional search suggestions that are related to their original query. By analyzing user behavior and search patterns, Google can generate a list of queries that are commonly searched for by other users who have searched for similar topics. 

Google Adds Visuals To About Source Knowledge Panels in the Search Results

Google has introduced a new feature that enhances the About Source Knowledge Panels in its search results. This update includes the addition of visuals to provide users with a more comprehensive understanding of the source. The visuals can range from logos, images, or even screenshots of the website. This feature aims to help users quickly identify and evaluate the credibility of the source before clicking on it. By incorporating visuals, Google is striving to improve the search experience by offering users more context and increasing transparency in the search results. This update is a valuable addition that aids users in making more informed decisions when browsing the web.

PPC Related News and Updates from Major Search Engine

Google Ad Team Announces a Ton of New AI Formats, New Ad Tools, and Changes to The Google Ads Platform

The Google Ad Team made a significant announcement, introducing a plethora of new AI formats, ad tools, and changes to the Google Ads platform. These updates aim to enhance the advertising experience for both advertisers and users. With the integration of artificial intelligence, advertisers can now create more tailored and personalized ads that resonate with their target audience. Additionally, the introduction of new ad tools will provide advertisers with more flexibility and control over their campaigns. The changes to the Google Ads platform will streamline the advertising process and make it easier for advertisers to manage their campaigns effectively.


Navneet Kaushal is the Editor-in-Chief of PageTraffic Buzz. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet is also the CEO of SEO Services company PageTraffic which is one of the leading search marketing company in Asia.