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‘Improved Blog Search, Original Content Signal, Flight Search Results’ and More Added on Google.com; Now Add Image Results Tab to Custom Search Engine (CSE)

GoogleFor photos-focused sites, image results are a great way to showcase beautiful photos and help visitors to on the site quickly and easily find the photos they want. Now, you can “add an image results tab to your Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) to offer visitors image-only results in a variety of image-optimized presentation formats,” revealed CSE team blog.

This new feature is available to all users of our Custom Search Element (you will need to Get Code and update your site).

“Once you enable this feature, your CSE will have two tabs. The first has your current web search results and the second, Image tab, contains the image search results.”

Enabling image results is easy! Just visit the Basics page of your CSE’s Control Panel and check the Enable image search checkbox. You can change the layout of your image results on the Look and feel page.

Once enabled, you’ll also be able to get separate image search reports from your CSE’s Statistics page.

CSE Image Results Layout

To learn more about Image Search for Custom Search, please visit help center.

Here’s an example:

Amitabh Bachchan

Also, until today, Flight Search results on Google.com was available by clicking on “Flights” on the left-hand navigation bar on the search results page, or by going directly to google.com/flights. Now, starting today, Google will begin showing flight information right in Google search results on certain flight related searches,” revealed Emmet Connolly, UX Designer, Flight Search feature.

flight information in google search results

“Over the next couple days, you’ll start to see the flight results appear for searches whose origins and destinations are currently supported by our Flight Search feature. In the short term, those results are limited to domestic US flights. The flight schedule feature will continue to provide information about nonstop routes around the world and across 11 languages.”

“Once you’ve booked your flight and are on your way, if you’re traveling through one of the many U.S. airports whose floor plans we recently added to Google Maps for Android, you can easily see where you are and what’s around you from the convenience of your mobile device,” Connolly said.

Google Search team has published a list of search improvements made recently. “We’ve makd roughly 500 improvements in a given year, so there’s always more to share. With this blog post serie, we’ll be highlighting many of the subtler algorithmic and visible feature changes we make. These are changes that aren’t necessarily big enough to warrant entire blog posts on their own,” said Scott Huffman, Engineering Director.

Here’s a list of search updates since November 14th:

  • Related query results refinements: Sometimes we fetch results for queries that are similar to the actual search you type. This change makes it less likely that these results will rank highly if the original query had a rare word that was dropped in the alternate query.
  • More comprehensive indexing change makes more long-tail documents available in our index, so they are more likely to rank for relevant queries.
  • New “parked domain” classifier is a new algorithm for automatically detecting parked domains. Parked domains are placeholder sites that are seldom useful and often filled with ads. They typically don’t have valuable content for our users, so in most cases we prefer not to show them.
  • More autocomplete predictions: This change makes our prediction algorithm a little more flexible for certain queries, without losing your original intention.
  • Fresher and more complete blog search results change to made blog search index to “get coverage that is both fresher and more comprehensive.”
  • Original content: New added signals help make better predictions about which of two similar web pages is the original one.
  • Live results for Major League Soccer and the Canadian Football League: This change displays the latest scores & schedules from these leagues along with quick access to game recaps and box scores.
  • Image result freshness: “We made a change to how we determine image freshness for news queries. This will help us find the freshest images more often.”
  • Layout on tablets: Made some minor color and layout changes to improve usability on tablet devices.
  • Top result selection code rewrite: This code handles extra processing on the top set of results. For example, it ensures that we don’t show too many results from one site (“host crowding”). We rewrote the code to make it easier to understand, simpler to maintain and more flexible for future extensions,” revealed Huffman.

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