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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Google Playing Around With Sitelinks: Expands Blue Links

Posted by @ 11:23 pm
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There has been a bit of buzz over the last few days from the SEM world surrounding Google search results. The news is that Google is expanding its search results with little blue links between the page descriptions and the target URL.

Here is an example:

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These blue links highlighted above point directly to internal pages for each site.

Loren Baker from Search Engine Journal has his theory on the change:

My first guess is that this is part of the Google Sitelinks program, and we could see a transition from the bulky Sitelinks results to these links which are more streamlined and pleasing to the end user.

Surely these links also attract user interest in the Google results and sites which do have these internal Google links may have a competitive advantage over other sites listed in Google search, whether or not they are ranked above or below one another.

A reader on Search Engine Roundtable found an even stranger occurrence; the results are even showing numbers next to the links. Here is the example:

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Barry from Search Engine Roundtable believes that “Sitelinks are normally made up anchor text of the link and the numbers might just reflect that and nothing more.”

Well, whatever it is it sure is worthwhile keeping track of. Any improvements to the search results are welcomed especially when they could help you reach your customers even easier.

Is anyone else seeing these new sitelinks? Are they having an effect on your organic traffic numbers? If so let us know. We will keep you all informed of any news we hear directly from Google.



Courtney Mills Courtney is an online marketing and communications specialist at ineedhits - a leading search engine marketing firm with over 16 years experience. Courtney has been living and breathing online marketing for over 5 years. She specializes in web and communication marketing, while providing news and opinion to online marketing communities.

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Discussion (2 - comments)

[...] Last week we reported on a Google Sitelinks test which showed additional links between the page description and target URL for certain search results. Google have now taken this test one step further by expanding sitelinks to additional listings like the second and third results. [...]

By Google Expands One-line Sitelinks to Second, Third Search Results | ineedhits - April 19, 2009



[...] the page description and target URL for certain search results.Google, Inc. (Goog) have now taken this test one step further by expanding sitelinks to additional listings like the second and third [...]

By Dotless Domain » Blog Archive » Dotless Domain - Google Expands Search Results: One-line Sitelinks - April 20, 2009




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