Search Engine Land: Searching for facts, directions, local businesses are top digital assistant use cases, says survey

Nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of smartphone owners are using digital assistants, according to a new report from Microsoft. The findings are based on two surveys – one from mid-2018 that includes an international sample, and a 2019 follow-up involving 5,000…

Search Engine Land: Is link building dead? Depends on who you talk to

Sure, link building used to be plagued by a morass of black-hat tactics like link farms, paid link schemes, hidden links and spammy content. But after Google introduced Penguin algorithm updates in 2012 to crack down on those tactics, the focus…

Search Engine Land: Here’s how digital word of mouth and search have converged

For many industry practitioners, including me, the Moz Local Search Ranking Factors report serves as a useful and reference throughout the year to stay abreast of local search ranking signals (disclaimer, I’ve been a participant since 2014). One takeaway from the…

Search Engine Land: Google: Google News indexing bug has been resolved

Google has posted on Twitter that they have fully resolved the Google News indexing bug that we reported on yesterday. Google’s statement. Google said, “Indexing of news content has now been resolved. New content should be indexed as normal. Much…