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Google Has Made Changes To The Search Results Display Page

Updated on March 12, 2014

Google Has Changed Its Search Layout

Google has changed its search results layout, but not in terms of how websites rank, which was the case with the Panda and Penguin updates. This time around, the actual search results are displayed differently. If you want to know what some of the things Google has changed are, then continue reading the rest of this Hub. You will not only find out what they changed, but I will also give some insight on what this means for the future of SEO, as well as other information relating to the recent changes that Google has rolled out.

What It Means For SEO

As of now it doesn't look like the Google changes mean much for SEO, except for the title tags. When you search for things on Google, you will notice that the title tags are a little shorter than what they were before, so SEO'ers will probably be scrambling to fix some of their title tags. For now that seems to be the only thing that affects those who dabble in SEO. Now that you have an idea of how the new search results display page will likely impact SEO, move on to the next section to find out what other changes have occurred with the new display page.

In the past when Google has made any type of change, people who use SEO have stressed and scrambled to fix a bunch of things with their sites, but that does not seem to be the case here, asides from the title issue. SEO'ers can probably breath for now.

Titles' Fonts Have Changed

As mentioned in the previous section of this Hub, the title tags are shorten, and that is probably because the fonts have changed. When you search for things on Google you will notice that the titles' fonts are bigger than what they were before the changes to the search pages took place. The title fonts may be bigger, and some users may find it frustrating, and it seems that there are mixed opinions about the new font size, which is expected with such a change.

The Title Is No Longer Underlined

Before when you used to search for things on Google, the titles within the search results were underlined, but not anymore. This is one of the most noticeable things that Google has changed about the search results layout. It's worth pointing out that the titles are still underlined when they show up in other major search engines such as Bing and Yahoo. This may seem like a major change, but it is not the biggest change that Google has made to the search results display page.

It is not yet known if Yahoo, Bing and other search engines will follow suit and stop underlining the title of the sites that show up in the search results display page/pages.

A Yellow AD Box

When you perform a search with Google, you will still notice that there are ads that show up on the left side of the screen, as well as at the top of the search results. However, what is different is that there is a box that says ad, and it is a yellowish color, which makes it stand out of the rest of the search results. The yellow ad boxes make spotting out paid advertisements much easier to do, not that it was easy enough before Google decided to make the changes to the search results display page.

This seems to be a great change, as now visitors and new internet users will clearly be able to distinguish paid results from organic results.

The AD Change Is Noticeable On YouTube Too

As previously mentioned there is a yellow ad box that can be seen near paid ads, but not only do the yellow ad boxes show up in the Google search results display page, but you can see it on YouTube. This could be a sign that it will extend to other websites at some point in the future. Google users can probably expect this change to be visible on most, if not all sites that has Google ads on them.

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