A group of local SEO experts are saying in the Local Search Forums that the Google Posts traffic has significantly declined over the past month or so. This specifically happened when Google moved the Google Posts to the bottom of the knowledge panel around October 1st.
I know this is obvious for most of you but while Google Ads (AdWords) has a way to exclude your site for coming up in the search results for specific keywords, Google organic search does not. You cannot tell Google, please do not rank my site when people type in keyword X or Y.
As expected, yesterday, Google officially moved several of the old Google Search Console reports to the new interface. The specific reports moved include AMP, Index Status, Links, Manual Actions, Mobile Usability, Rich Cards, and Search Analytics. Everything else is remaining where it is thus far.
Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web...
Today on the Google home page is a Google logo, a Doodle, for the Geminid Meteor Shower. The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit. So technically, today's Google logo is out of this world.
In August we caught Google testing showing thumbnails or icons in the related searches options in the mobile search results. Well now it seems to be fully live for all searchers on mobile. Not for all queries and related searches but for many.
A month ago, Google began testing putting the hotel highlight details in an overlay window instead of a normal web page window. Well, today Google is rolling out that change.
The other day I reported that Google said in most cases it is perfectly safe to ignore, not act, on bad links pointing to your site. That caused a bit of a ripple through the link building, well, the nofollow, SEO industry. John Mueller from Google has since added more details on what he meant.